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University of Pennsylvania

AI Fundamentals for Non-Data Scientists

University of Pennsylvania via Coursera


In this course, you will go in-depth to discover how Machine Learning is used to handle and interpret Big Data. You will get a detailed look at the various ways and methods to create algorithms to incorporate into your business with such tools as Teachable Machine and TensorFlow. You will also learn different ML methods, Deep Learning, as well as the limitations but also how to drive accuracy and use the best training data for your algorithms. You will then explore GANs and VAEs, using your newfound knowledge to engage with AutoML to help you start building algorithms that work to suit your needs. You will also see exclusive interviews with industry leaders, who manage Big Data for companies such as McDonald's and Visa. By the end of this course, you will have learned different ways to code, including how to use no-code tools, understand Deep Learning, how to measure and review errors in your algorithms, and how to use Big Data to not only maintain customer privacy but also how to use this data to develop different strategies that will drive your business.


  • Module 1 – Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
    • In this module, you will be introduced to Big Data and examine how machine learning is used throughout various business segments. You will also learn how data is analyzed and extracted, and how digital technologies have been used to expand and transform businesses. You will also get a detailed look at data management tools and how they are best implemented and the value of data warehouses. By the end of this module, you will have gained insight into how machine learning can be used as a general-purpose technology, and some best techniques and practices for data mining.
  • Module 2 – Training and Evaluating Machine Learning Algorithms
    • In this module, you will get an in-depth look at contrasting Machine Learning methods, including logistic regression and neural nets. You will also learn about Deep Learning and its relationship to neural networks and how to best optimize Machine Learning algorithms. Lastly, you will be introduced to loss functions and how to best measure and review errors to maintain the integrity of your algorithms. By the end of this module, you will have learned about Machine Learning methods, the limitations and value of Deep Learning, how best to drive precision and accuracy in algorithms, and how to get the best training data for those algorithms.
  • Module 3 – ML Application and Emerging Methods
    • In this module, you will take a look at Machine Learning within natural language processing and using generative modeling to create new data. You will also focus on AutoML and how to best utilize automated processes to make your algorithms more efficient. You will also review the no-code Machine Learning tool Teachable Machine, which serves to make Deep and Machine Learning more accessible. By the end of this module, you will be able to use AutoML in your algorithms and be able to navigate and use Teachable Machine in practice for no-code solutions to building an algorithm.
  • Module 4 - Industry Interview
    • In this module, you will hear from an industry leader and gain valuable insight into data sampling and building realistic usable models. Ed Lee, VP of Global Menu Strategy & Global Marketing at McDonald's, will allow you to review real-world solutions and how they handle data issues as one of the most successful global brands. By the end of this module, you will have heard from a top industry expert in their field and gained firsthand knowledge and understanding of how Big Data plays into maintaining privacy in data and also utilizing that data to enhance your marketing, content, and refine your algorithms.

Taught by

Kartik Hosanagar and Prasanna Tambe


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