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The toughest obstacle to overcome when you’re learning about support vector machines is that they are very theoretical. This theory very easily scares a lot of people away, and it might feel like learning about support vector machines is beyond your ability. Not so!

In this course, we take a very methodical,

This course will cover the critical theory behind SVMs:

- Linear SVM derivation
- Hinge loss (and its relation to the Cross-Entropy loss)
- Quadratic programming (and Linear programming review)
- Slack variables
- Lagrangian Duality
- Kernel SVM (nonlinear SVM)
- Polynomial Kernels, Gaussian Kernels, Sigmoid Kernels, and String Kernels
- Learn how to achieve an infinite-dimensional feature expansion
- Projected Gradient Descent
- SMO (Sequential Minimal Optimization)
- RBF Networks (Radial Basis Function Neural Networks)
- Support Vector Regression (SVR)
- Multiclass Classification

As a bonus, you will also get material for how to apply the "Kernel Trick" to other machine learning models. This is how you can use a model which is normally "weak" (such as linear regression) and make it "strong". I've chosen models from various different areas of machine learning.

- Kernel Linear regression (for regression)
- Kernel Logistic regression (for classification)
- Kernel K-means clustering (for clustering)
- Kernel Principal components analysis (PCA) (for dimensionality reduction)

See here what linear regression can be capable of:

And logistic regression:

When the kernel trick is applied!

For those of you who are thinking,

In this course, there will be not just one, but two full sections devoted to just the practical aspects of how to make effective use of the SVM.

We’ll do

- Image recognition
- Spam detection
- Medical diagnosis
- Regression analysis

For more advanced students, there are also plenty of coding exercises where you will get to try different approaches to implementing SVMs.

These are implementations that you won't find

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you in class!

Suggested Prerequisites:

- calculus
- matrix arithmetic (adding, multiplying)
- probability
- Python coding: if/else, loops, lists, dicts, sets
- Numpy coding: matrix and vector operations, loading a CSV file
- logistic regression

Tips for success:

- Use the video speed changer! Personally, I like to watch at 2x.
- Take handwritten notes. This will drastically increase your ability to retain the information.
- Write down the equations. If you don't, I guarantee it will just look like gibberish.
- Ask lots of questions on the discussion board. The more the better!
- Don't get discouraged if you can't solve every exercise right away. Sometimes it'll take hours, days, or maybe weeks!
- Write code yourself, this is an applied course! Don't be a "couch potato".