Applied Machine Learning

Learn Python programming, write programs to implement machine learning in business. *The course requires an undergraduate knowledge of statistics, calculus, linear algebra, and probability.

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August 1, 2024

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5 months, online
8-10 hours per week

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US$2,475 US$2,277 and get US$247 off with a referral

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Who is this course for?

The Applied Machine Learning course teaches you a wide-ranging set of techniques of supervised and unsupervised machine learning approaches using Python as the programming language.

Since this course requires an intermediate knowledge of Python, you will spend the first part of this course learning Python for Data Analytics taught by Emeritus. This will provide you with the programming knowledge required to do the assignments and application projects that are part of the Applied Machine Learning course.

If you are looking to implement or lead a machine learning project or looking to incorporate machine learning capability in your software application, this course is appropriate for you. This is a programming course: you will be required to write code, but no prior programming knowledge is required.


The course requires an undergraduate knowledge of statistics (descriptive statistics, regression, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, interval estimation etc.), calculus (derivatives), linear algebra (vectors & matrix transformation) and probability (conditional probability/Bayes theorem).

*Assessment: Students will be given an assessment to test their math skills prior to commencement of the course. You can view sample questions by clicking here. To familiarize yourself with the topics of the assessment, refer to learning resources by clicking here.

$500 billion

Worldwide spending in the AI market is expected to grow by 19.6% year over year, reaching $432.8 billion in 2022 and surpassing $500 billion in 2023.

Source: IDC

11.5 million

The number of jobs that will be created by 2026 due to developments in data science.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Globally, data scientists and analysts are expected to become the top emerging role by 2022.

Source: World Economic Forum

Course Highlights

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240+ Faculty Video Lectures

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45 Quizzes / Assignments

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18 Moderated Discussion Boards

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20+ Q&A Sessions with Course Leaders

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12 Application Projects

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Includes Live Online Teaching

Learning Journey

Going beyond the theory, our approach invites participants into a conversation, where learning is facilitated by live subject matter experts and enriched by practitioners in the field of machine learning:

  • Define a model for your data and make the model learn.
  • Build regression models to predict an unknown output from a given set of inputs.
  • Create classification models to categorize datasets such as email messages as spam or non-spam.
  • Develop unsupervised models like topic models or recommender systems to extract hidden patterns from large amounts of data
  • Determine hidden parameters in data to improve the accuracy of your model's predictions.
  • Create probabilistic data models to predict a range of possible outcomes that account for real-world risks and uncertainties.

Program Topics

Designed to teach you models and methods used in machine learning for real-world applications such as recommender systems and classification models, this 5-month program begins by building your foundational skills in Python, followed by the supervised and unsupervised learning techniques of applied machine learning.

Part 1: Python for Data Analytics (Video content and delivery by Emeritus)

  • Module 1: Introduction to Data Science
    Learn the tools, skills, and common workflows of data scientists, identify bias in data science, and understand reproducibility, collaboration, and communication.
  • Module 2: Working with Data Types and Operators in Python
    Learn to code in Jupyter Notebooks and use various data types in Python including strings, integers, floats, Booleans, lists, and tuples.
  • Module 3: Writing Functions in Python
    Use functions and methods to perform analyses and identify correct syntax of functions along with uses of if statements and loops.
  • Module 4: Popular Data Science Packages in Python
    Perform basic analyses and define proper syntax using NumPy and Pandas, import and use packages in Jupyter Notebooks, and filter and slice data frames with Pandas.
  • Module 5: Advanced Functions
    Analyze data frames with lambda functions and construct complex functions with multiple parameters, nested functions, as well as functions with default arguments;
  • Module 6: Data Manipulation and Analysis with Pandas
    Use Pandas to build, extract, filter, and transform data frames as well as to manipulate and transform a dataset from Kaggle.
  • Module 7: Data Visualization with Matplotlib
    Draw insights from your data and communicate recommendations to others by creating data visualizations such as basic plots, source codes, and time series using Matplotlib.
  • Module 8: Random Variables and Statistical Inferences
    Examine probability as well as statistics in Python, differentiate between standard deviation and variance in a dataset, and collaborate on GitHub.
  • Module 9: Statistical Distributions and Hypothesis Testing
    Use normal distribution, t-distribution, and Bernoulli distribution in Python, test a model using P values as well as confidence intervals, and conduct basic hypothesis testing.
  • Module 10: Data Cleaning
    Examine and clean different types of data across data types to prepare it for analysis and place data into a Tidy Data format.
  • Module 11: Exploratory Data Analysis
    Learn new methods to explore and visualize your data with Matplotlib, define key characteristics of exploratory data analysis methods, and use them to describe data.
  • Module 12: Getting Started with Linear Algebra for Machine Learning
    Apply foundational linear algebra concepts in Python to build basic algorithms, solve equations with matrix operations, and perform advanced linear algebra procedures.

Part 2: Applied Machine Learning (Video content from Columbia Engineering and delivery by Emeritus)

Supervised Learning

  • Module 1: Regression
    Perform supervised learning with probabilistic models, linear regression, and maximum likelihood, use matrix operations to code least squares, and implement Ordinary Least Squares.
  • Module 2: Ridge Regression
    Analyze the bias-variance tradeoff through least squares and ridge regression, apply the Bayes rule to quantify uncertainty, and use regression analysis to solve a real-world problem.
  • Module 3: Bayesian Methods
    Understand “active learning,” the Lagrange multipliers tool, and the sparse regression model, identify MAP solutions, estimate covariants, and apply Bayesian linear regression.
  • Module 4: Classification Algorithms
    Deal with classification using nearest neighbors, K-nearest neighbors, and the Bayes classifier, predict outcomes with supervised learning classification, and use the perceptron algorithm.
  • Module 5: Logistic Regression, Kernel Methods, and Gaussian Processes
    Analyze logistic regression and its algorithm, learn about a kernel, kernelized perceptron, the Nadaraya-Watson regression model, and Gaussian processes.
  • Module 6: Support Vector Machines and Decision Trees
    Plot hyperplanes with the maximum margin method, modify SVM, code decision tree-based classifiers to make predictions about variables, and organize grid search hyperparameters.
  • Module 7: Boosting and K-Means Clustering
    Understand a bootstrap dataset and decision stump, learn about bagging and boosting techniques, identify characteristics of K-means tools, and use a label encoder.

Unsupervised Learning

  • Module 8: Clustering Methods
    Code functions in Python implementing K-means, soft K-means, and Gaussian mixture model clustering to assign points and recalculate clusters.
  • Module 9: Recommendation Systems
    Employ recommendation systems to predict a user score, compare LDA vs. PMF vs. NMF, translate a mathematical algorithm into code, and use SVD to make item recommendations.
  • Module 10: Principal Component Analysis and Markov Models
    Use PCA to code a recommender system in Python, implement PCA using sklearn, prepare and scale data in preparation for PCA, and implement Markov chains using quantecon.
  • Module 11: Hidden Markov Models and Kalman Filtering
    Make predictions about variables using the Hidden Markov Model, differentiate between PCAs, Markov models, and Gaussian models, and use forward/backward algorithm to solve HMM.
  • Module 12: Association Analysis and Model Selection
    Apply association analysis to a dataset, model future stock prices using sequential methods, apply one-hot encoding to a data frame, and use the library Mlxtend for association analysis.

Application Projects

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Movie Recommendation Engine

You will build a movie recommendation engine by applying collaborative filtering and topic modelling techniques. You use a dataset which contains 20 million viewer ratings of 27,000 movies.

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House Price Prediction

You will write code to predict house prices based on several parameters available in the Ames City dataset compiled by Dean De Cock using least squares linear regression and Bayesian linear regression.

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Human Activity Prediction

You will predict the human activity (walking, sitting, standing) that corresponds to the accelerometer and gyroscope measurements by applying the nearest neighbours technique.

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Credit Card Fraud Detection

You will detect potential frauds using credit card transaction data. You will apply the random forest method to identify fraudulent transactions.

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Marketing Segmentation

You will create market segments using the US Census dataset and by applying the k-means clustering method.

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Dr. John W. Paisley

Columbia University Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering Affiliated Member, Data Sciences Institute

John has a PhD from Duke and has been a postdoctoral researcher in the Computer Science departments at Princeton University and UC Berkeley. John Paisley’s research focuses on developing models for large-scale text and image processing applications. He is particularly interested in Bayesian models and posterior inference techniques that address the big data problem.


"The best part of this Applied Machine Learning program was its breadth, because it gives you a wide exposure to different ML principles."

— Joshua Sampson, Operations, Banking & Financial Services, Barings

"I am thankful for the mathematical foundations in this program that helped me "understand" what we were doing and not just follow methods."

— Xavier Gallez, Owner, Technology Management, ArChiOm SRL

"The “Python for Data Science” module of this program was extremely useful, because I learned how to use Python for Machine Learning."

— Peter Abdelmalak, Electrical Project Engineer, BEUMER Corporation

"The Office Hours in this Applied Machine Learning program were the best for the real-world practical tutorials."

— Michael Whittle, Head of Networks Practice, Net Reply

Course FAQs

  • 1. Review the sample math assessment, to see if you feel confident with the material that includes Calculus, Linear Algebra, Statistics, and Probability.

    2. Review the learning resources to familiarize yourself with the assessment quiz content.

    3. Submit your application.

    4. Take the math assessment. You will have two attempts. Participants who pass the assessment will receive access to the course. Any deposit fees will be refunded to participants who do not pass the assessment.

  • The course familiarizes you with Machine learning algorithms and applications. It will also help you understand the approach to a business problem and provide you with the tool knowledge needed to transition to a Machine Learning or a Data Science role.

  • The course familiarizes you with Machine learning algorithms and applications and provides a solid foundation in statistics/mathematics and problem-solving skills to help you solve enterprise-level problems. The Applied Machine Learning course augments your existing knowledge of various tools and expands your skill set as a Data Science or Machine Learning professional.

  • The course familiarizes you with Machine learning algorithms and applications while providing a solid foundation in statistics/mathematics and enhancing your business acumen. It augments your existing programming knowledge and expands the technologies you are familiar with, helping you further develop your skill set as a Data Science or Machine Learning professional.

  • Absolutely! Knowledge of Data Science and Machine Learning (ML) has quickly become a requisite across industries, and all businesses will eventually need to use these techniques to thrive. While your current role may not require Machine learning knowledge, it is almost certain that ML skills will be in high demand in most every industry in the future.

  • The course is a blend of theory, tools, and case studies (datasets) that are easy to assimilate and implement. For instance, students work on application projects that require them to apply the Machine Learning concepts they’ve learned to datasets and derive inferences. These application projects are intentionally made to be challenging, and students are expected to spend substantial time and effort solving them. At the end of the course, students will be able to apply Machine Learning to solve many of the business problems they face in their workplace.

  • Columbia Engineering Executive Education is collaborating with online education provider Emeritus to offer a portfolio of high-impact online courses. These courses leverage Columbia’s thought leadership in management practice developed over years of research, teaching, and practice.

  • Recommended System Requirements

    • Processors: 2.60 GHz
    • RAM: 8 GB of RAM
    • Disk space: 2 to 3 GB
    • Operating systems: Windows 10, MacOS and Linux
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    • Compatible tools: Any text editor, Command prompt
    Minimum System Requirements
    • Processors: 1 GHz
    • RAM: 1 GB of RAM
    • Disk space: 1 GB
    • Operating systems: Windows 7 or later, MacOS and Linux
    • Python versions: 2.7.X, 3.6.X
    • Compatible tools: Any text editor, Command prompt
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  • Emeritus collects all program payments, provides learner enrollment and program support, and manages learning platform services.

  • Program fees for Emeritus programs with Columbia Engineering Executive Education may not be paid for with (a) funds from the GI Bill, the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Act of 2008, or similar types of military education funding benefits or (b) Title IV financial aid funds.


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