Big Data: Statistical Inference and Machine Learning
Queensland University of Technology
  • Start Date: 13 Aug, 2018
  • 3 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos


Learn how to apply selected statistical and machine learning techniques and tools to analyse big data.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility

Introduction

Introduction Video

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

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Many people have big data but only some people know what to do with it. Why? Well, the big problem is that the data is big—the size, complexity and diversity of datasets increases every day. This means we need new solutions for analysing data.


This course equips you for working with these solutions by introducing you to selected statistical and machine learning techniques used for analysing large datasets and extracting information. We also expose you to three software packages so you can develop your coding skills by completing practical exercises.


You will enjoy this course most and benefit from the learning experience if you have a basic understanding of statistics and mathematics at a university undergraduate level.


You will be using the following free tools. Please review the product websites below to ensure your system meets the minimum requirements:


R and R Studio Desktop (open source edition)


You will complete practical exercises using R Studio, so you’ll need to be familiar enough with R to:



  • install a package

  • import data

  • read and run starter code

  • develop a solution or read through a solution and gain understanding from it.


NOTE: You must first have a working installation of R to use R Studio.


H2O Flow
H2O Flow can be used as a stand-alone package for big data analytics or can be used in conjunction with R. This package will allow you to tackle larger problems that you might encounter in your own work.


WEKA
WEKA is a popular workbench for machine learning and statistical analysis. It comprises a very wide range of tools that are suitable for big data analysis.


Knowing R, H2O Flow and WEKA will give you a powerful, flexible and scalable set of tools to manipulate and analyse big data.


This course is provided through eLearnAfrica’s partnership with FutureLearn.

Please note that, should you choose to purchase a Certificate of Achievement or a Statement of Participation, you will be re-directed to the FutureLearn for processing.

The following information is from the Future Learn website:

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You can view our page about Certificates of Achievement to see what they look like.

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  • complete 90% of the steps in a course (by using the “Mark as complete” button on each step),
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  • score over 70% on average across all course tests.

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How much does a Certificate of Achievement cost?

The cost of the Certificate of Achievement varies depending on the course. They normally cost from £39.00 (GBP) to £59.00 (GBP) + shipping. The price shown includes a digital and printed certificate and transcript, and VAT or local sales tax. The exact price for your course will be shown within the course itself.

What if I don’t qualify to buy a Certificate of Achievement?

If you don’t qualify to buy a Certificate of Achievement because your test score does not meet the 70% pass threshold, you have a couple of options. You will still be able to purchase a Statement of Participation for the course, or you could join a later run of the course. Unfortunately it is not possible to retake tests in FutureLearn courses. 

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To be eligible, you must complete the majority of steps in the course and attempt all test questions. You can check how close you are to being eligible on your course progress page.

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Queensland University of Technology

QUT is a leading Australian university ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the 2015-16 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Our courses are in high demand, and our graduates include eight Rhodes Scholars, five of these awarded in the past six years. We are a connected, relevant and collaborative institution that seeks to solve real-world challenges.

As one of Australia’s fastest growing research universities, 100 per cent of our research, at the discipline-specific level, is assessed world standard or above (Australian Government 2015 ERA). QUT Business School is in the top one per cent of business schools worldwide to hold triple accreditation and one of only three providers nationwide to earn Financial Times global rankings in 2015 for its executive education programs.

Our staff are consistently recognised in national teaching awards, with QUT receiving two prestigious program awards and five citations in the 2015 Australian Awards for University Teaching.

With a superb location in subtropical Brisbane, the university attracts more than 47,000 students across three campuses – Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove in Brisbane’s inner city and Caboolture to the north. Some 25 per cent of students are studying at postgraduate level, and 17 per cent of our students come from overseas.

Staff and students work and study in technology-rich, world-class precincts. The national and international award-winning Science and Engineering Centre at Gardens Point is home to The Cube, acclaimed as one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces.

 

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