Coursera is running a Black Friday promotion offering a 10% discount on their first course to new users on selected courses. So if you've not previously signed up, here is an incentive that is available from now until November 29th.
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This promotional offer cover courses in business and health and personal development but here we'll give an overview of the six in the area of computer science and data science some of which were already on our radar.
Taught by Andrew Ng, co-founder of Coursera and founder of DeepLearning.ai this 4-week course is intended to use a non-technical approach that can enable anyone to expand their general AI knowledge. It is part of Ng's vision to democratize access to this knowledge and lay a foundation that enables AI innovation to be distributed to businesses and individuals globally, in a fair and equitable way. It is aimed primarily at business leaders with the idea of helping them understand technologies like machine learning and deep learning to be able to spot opportunities to apply AI to problems in their own organizations. See AI For Everyone Now Underway for more details.
Mathematics for Machine Learning by Imperial College London As we've previously reported, with Machine Learning (ML) extending its reach is one of the most sought after topics offered by Coursera and other MOOC providers. However the prerequisites for these courses often specify more math than many of us are comfortable with. This three-course Specialization aims to plug that gap. The first four week course covering linear algebra, vectors and matrices, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, the next is on multivariate calculus and final one on principal component analysis (PCA).
Cloud Computing by University of Illinois Since 2016 the University of Illinois has offered a completely online Master of Computer Science Degree in Data Science on Coursera, more details here, and the first four courses in this Intermediate-level Specialization form its Cloud Computing module. Requiring around 6 months to complete its tour through cloud computing systems starts in in the middle layer with Cloud Computing Concepts covering core distributed systems and concepts used inside clouds. It then, move to the upper layer of Cloud Applications and finally to the lower layer of Cloud Networking before concluding with a capstone project that allows students to apply the skills learned throughout the courses. If you want to enroll in the MSc you can apply to the degree program either before or after you begin this Specialization.
Data Mining by University of Illinois This Specialization sets out to teach data mining techniques for both structured data which conform to a clearly defined schema, and unstructured data which exist in the form of natural language text. It consists of five courses, plus of course the Capstone project. See Data Mining Specialization Starts Today for more details.
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