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Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 8-10 months.
What background knowledge is necessary?
As prerequisites we assume calculus and linear algebra (especially derivatives, matrices and operations with them), probability theory (random variables, distributions, moments), basic programming in python (functions, loops, numpy), basic machine learning (linear models, decision trees, boosting and random forests). Our intended audience are all people who are already familiar with basic machine learning and want to get a hand-on experience of research and development in the field of modern machine learning.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
We recommend taking the “Intro to Deep Learning” course first as most of the subsequent courses will build on its material. All other courses can be taken in any order.
Coursera courses and certificates don't carry university credit, though some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
After completing 7 courses of the Specialization you will be able to:
Use modern deep neural networks for various machine learning problems with complex inputs;
Participate in data science competitions and use the most popular and effective machine learning tools;
Adopt the best practices of data exploration, preprocessing and feature engineering;
Perform Bayesian inference, understand Bayesian Neural Networks and Variational Autoencoders;
Use reinforcement learning methods to build agents for games and other environments;
Solve computer vision problems with a combination of deep models and classical computer vision algorithms;
Outline state-of-the-art techniques for natural language tasks, such as sentiment analysis, semantic slot filling, summarization, topics detection, and many others;
Build goal-oriented dialogue agents and train them to hold a human-like conversation;
Understand limitations of standard machine learning methods and design new algorithms for new tasks.