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In certain ways, computers these days are like Pavlov's dog. Except when they salivate, they churn through billions of data points to find complex patterns, whereas Pavlov's dog just drooled, we guess? The point is machines are learning in ways we've never thought possible. Financial analysts use algorithms to predict the stock market. PayPal is using machine learning to fight fraud and money laundering. One study has shown that computer assisted diagnosis (CAD) allowed a computer to spot cancer cases as much as a year before official diagnoses were made.
You don't have to be a full-fledged machine learning engineer to find value in the tech (although the median salary for those engineers is over $114,000, so hey, go for it), and you don't have to drop everything and go for a graduate degree to learn some valuable skills. You can start right here.
The Machine Learning And Artificial Intelligence Bundle
Here's the quick and dirty way to give you a broad overview of machine learning and AI techniques. In four courses, you'll be introduced to Natural Language Processing (NLP), Hidden Markov Models, cluster analysis, and supervised and unsupervised machine learning. That may sound like gibberish dialogue a TV writer might feed the IT guy to sound smart, but it's all pretty basic once you get the hang of it. Less abstractly, you'll learn how to build a model to predict the stock market, how to analyze user interaction with a website, or just what the heck a Decision Tree is. (Hint: No, it's not like that tree that gives Pocahontas advice.) All of this knowledge is practical, and can be used to interpret data patterns that you come across in any field of work. This mini-bundle is on sale now for $39.
Machine Learning With Python Course And E-Book Bundle
Tailored to the aspiring data scientist / aspiring earner of craters full of cash, this bundle goes in-depth, with five courses and four complete e-books covering how Python can be optimized for machine learning. This bundle goes into something called deep learning, which is not to be confused with that online philosophy workshop you're also taking. Deep learning refers to the intersection of statistics, artificial intelligence, and data to build accurate predictive models, which is just a fancy way to say that it'll make you mad good with numbers. The Machine Learning with Python Course and E-Book Bundle is a bit heftier than the previously mentioned bundle, and thus comes in at $49.
Robotics & Machine Learning Of Self-Driving Cars
Since we've been talking practically about machine learning, let's get into one of the most important and en vogue applications: self-driving cars. Why are self-driving cars all the rage? Well, aside from the obvious (WE'LL BE LIVING IN THE FUTURE), they offer more comfortable travel for the handicapped, they've been proven to decrease road congestion, and it's estimated they can reduce traffic deaths by a whopping 90 percent.
Most major automakers are planning on having self-driving vehicles on the road by 2020, which means it's the perfect time to get ahead of the curve on this newly budding industry. If you're looking for a detailed introduction, the Robotics & Machine Learning of Self-Driving Cars is an excellent resource, and is currently available for $49.
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