In March 2016, the Google DeepMind program called AlphaGo, beat eighteen-time world champion Lee Sedol in a five-game Go match. Reinforcement learning was integral to AlphaGo's win. In this course, you'll delve into the fascinating world of reinforcement learning to see how this machine learning approach actually works. You'll learn what reinforcement learning is, how it's used to optimize decision making over time, and how it solves problems in games, advertising, and stock trading. The course covers theory and practice, and provides a detailed example, where you'll use reinforcement learning to create an optimized S&P 500 stock trading strategy. This is an intermediate level course requiring Python knowledge and previous experience in machine learning with both the supervised learning and unsupervised learning methods. Before starting the course, learners should have Python 3.5 (or higher) installed, a text editor, and access to Git.
Matt Kirk is a data architect and software engineer with a background in quantitative finance. Author of the O'Reilly titles "Thoughtful Machine Learning" and "Thoughtful Machine Learning with Python", Matt runs yourchiefscientist.com, a consultancy that helps start-ups and multi-million dollar companies with problems ranging from database performance to deep learning. He holds a BS in Economics, a BS in Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences (both from the University of Washington), and an MS in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.