Introduction to Machine Learning with Web Data by Hillary Mason
Jun 28, 2011
I really enjoyed this video series on Machine Learning. At first I didn't know what to expect, but I felt Hillary did a great job in explaining what machine learning is and how it can be used effectively analyze data extracted from web content. If fact, after the first couple of videos we were already jumping right into retrieving data from a live site using some of her own home brewed code. It was really cool. Of course, if you are uncomfortable with working on the command line, it could be intimidating at first, but I felt it was simple enough to follow along (after all you can pause the video and go some googling if you really get stuck). I believe, by having us interact with the live data she made this video course on machine learning exponentially more exciting. Hillary also has a very unique way of communicating with her audience, and she just exudes passion in her field. Not monotone dialog here, she gets you excited wanting to learn more. I also felt the classroom setting with six other people asking questions along the way also help the learning process. The best part though, is because its a video, you can stop, rewind and hear complex content over and over again until you get it. All in all, it was a great video and I look forward to watching future releases on machine learning by Hillary.
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