Classification is the sub-field of machine learning encountered more frequently than any other in data science applications. There are many different classification techniques and this course explains some of the most important ones, including algorithms such as logistic regression, k-nearest neighbors (k-NN), decision trees, ensemble models like random forests, and support vector machines. The course also covers Naive Bayes classifiers and in so doing, covers Bayes' theorem and basic Bayesian inference, both of which are widely used in training many machine learning algorithms. A basic knowledge of algebra is required. A solid understanding of differential calculus will be necessary for logistic regression, Support Vector Machines and Bayesian Inference.
Angie Ma, Gary Willis, and Alessandra Stagliano are data scientists with ASI Data Science, a London based AI/machine learning solutions firm. Angie co-founded ASI and is also the founder of Data Science Lab London, one of the biggest communities of data scientists and data engineers in Europe, with over 2,500 members. Angie holds a PhD in physics from London's University College, Gary Willis holds a PhD in statistical physics from London's Imperial College, and Alessandra Stagliano holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Genoa. Collectively, the group has worked on over 150 commercial AI/machine learning projects.