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Ask a TA: Everything You Need to Know About MIT xPRO’s Online Data Science Course

Eric Bradford, a Teaching Assistant for MIT xPRO’s Online Data Science Course, Data Science and Big Data Analytics: Making Data-Driven Decisions, gives his insights into the unique seven-week course. The seven-week course explores the theory and practice behind recommendation engines, regressions, network and graphical modeling, anomaly detection, hypothesis testing, machine learning, and big data analytics. The next online data science course begins Feb. 4, and is currently enrolling.

Developing Perceptive Machines that See and Reason Like Humans

The National Science Foundation has awarded computer scientist Subhransu Maji at the University of Massachusetts Amherst its Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, a five-year, $545,586 grant, to support his work in computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI).

Where You Go Tells Who You Are—and Vice Versa

Researchers from Columbia University use data science tools to uncover human mobility patterns; new method will improve traffic prediction, urban planning, and other transportation needs. Mining data to analyze tracking patterns, Sharon Di, assistant professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics at Columbia Engineering, has discovered that she can infer the population travel demand level in a region from the trajectories of just a portion of travelers.

Using Bayesian Optimization to Tune Machine Learning Models

The presentation below, “Using Bayesian Optimization to Tune Machine Learning Models” by Scott Clark of SigOpt is from MLconf. The talk briefly introduces Bayesian Global Optimization as an efficient way to optimize machine learning model parameters, especially when evaluating different parameters is time-consuming or expensive.

New Guide Offers Databricks Unified Analytics Platform Machine Learning Use Cases

The fields of machine learning and deep learning are on the brink of unprecedented breakthroughs across a variety of verticals. And according to a new report from Databricks, “data is the new fuel,” for these market advancements. Download the new white paper today, “Four Real-Life Machine Learning Use Cases,” to explore Databricks Unified Analytics Platform use cases in the advertising, loan servicing, media industries and more.

Online Education is Paving a Smoother Path to Earning Data Science Skills

In this contributed article, Devavrat Shah, MIT Professor of Computer Science, highlights how many professionals are seeking rigorous training in data science skill, and want them without having to leave their day job. They need the practicality and flexibility that online learning provides, so the operative question becomes: can MOOCS deliver these skills without compromising quality?

The Data Scientist Shortage is Huge. Here’s How to Beat It.

In this special guest feature, Roberto Reif, Executive Director, Professional Development at Metis, discusses how the worldwide deficit of data scientists is real, but now that you’ve started thinking about your strategy and how you’ll resource the best people to help you execute it, it won’t seem so intimidating. Keep your eyes on the prize — people who can solve your specific problems — and you’ll be able to win the fight against the data scientist shortage.

Infographic: How AI helps Companies and Job Hunters Connect

The series of infographics below, developed by our friends over at Yello.co, defines some of the challenges for job seekers and employers, then explains how AI may alleviate or eliminate those challenges. For example, according to an article from the Harvard Business Review, “A vast body of research shows that the hiring process is biased and unfair. Unconscious racism, ageism, and sexism play a big role in who gets hired.” With the help of AI, this bias may be on its way out.

Using Unified Analytics & Big Data as Path to AI Success

How can modern enterprises unlock the potential of AI to change their business? Today’s businesses and enterprises are increasingly focused on big data that can help drive innovation and transformation through the potential of artificial intelligence. According to a survey and research report commissioned with IDG’s CIO, nearly 90 percent of enterprises are investing in data and AI technology. Download the new report, “Unified Analytics for Dummies,” that explores the steps to AI success in today’s market.

What’s Next? Learning Communities in AI and Healthcare

Artificial intelligence is making a difference to healthcare, right now. For more information on how to get involved in this important and growing sector, take advantage of the resources outlined in this post, including the Dell EMC Machine Learning Knowledge Center, Dell EMC Customer Solution Centers and the Deep Learning Institute by Dell EMC. These have been created for the purpose of sharing expertise and offering guidance for those interested in deep learning.