Course provided by Future Learn

Study type: Online

Starts: Anytime

Price: Free

Overview

Learn how to mine your own data

Today’s world generates more data than ever before! Being able to turn it into useful information is a key skill. This course introduces you to practical data mining using the Weka workbench. We’ll dispel the mystery that surrounds the subject. We’ll explain the principles of popular algorithms. We’ll show you how to use them in practical applications. You’ll get plenty of experience actually mining data during the course, and afterwards you’ll be well equipped to mine your own. Weka originated at the University of Waikato in NZ, and Ian Witten has authored a leading book on data mining.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is data mining?
  • Where can it be applied?
  • How do simple classification algorithms work?
  • What are their strengths and weaknesses?
  • In what ways are real-life classification methods more complex?
  • How should you evaluate a classifier’s performance?
  • What is “overfitting” and how can you combat it?
  • How can ensemble techniques combine the result of different algorithms?
  • What ethical considerations arise when mining data?

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone who deals in data. It involves no computer programming, although you need some experience with using computers for everyday tasks. High school maths should be more than enough and you’ll need an understanding of some elementary statistics concepts (means and variances).

Who developed the course?

The University of Waikato

Sitting among the top 3% of universities world-wide, The University of Waikato prepares students to think critically and to show initiative in their learning.

  • Established1964
  • LocationWaikato, New Zealand
  • World rankingTop 380Source: QS World University Rankings 2021