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Sergios Karagiannakos ( AI Summer )
Sergios Karagiannakos ( AI Summer )

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Top 10 courses to learn Machine and Deep Learning (2020)

Machine Leaning Courses - The ultimate list

You know what I was hoping to have when I started learning Machine Learning. An all in one Machine Learning course. At the time, it was really tricky to find a good course with all the necessary concepts and algorithms. So we were forced to search all over the web, read research papers, and buy books.

Luckily that’s not the case any more. Now we are in the exact opposite situation. There are so many courses out there. How I am supposed to know which one is good, which includes all the things I need to learn. So here I compiled a list of the most popular and well- taught courses.

I have personal experience with most of them and I highly recommend all of them. Every Machine Learning Engineer or Data Scientist I know suggests one or many of them. So don’t look any further.
Ok, let’s get started.

1) Machine Learning by Stanford (Coursera)

This course by Stanford is considered by many the best Machine Learning course
around. It is taught by Andrew Ng himself ( for those of you who don’t know him,
he is a Stanford Professor, co-founder of Coursera, co-founder of Google Brain
and VP of Baidu) and it covers all the basics you need to know. Plus, it has a
rating of a whopping 4.9 out of 5.

The material is completely self-contained and is suitable for beginners as it
teaches you basic principles of linear algebra and calculus alongside with
supervised learning. The one drawback I can think of, is that it uses Octave (
an open-source version of Matlab) instead of Python and R because it really
wants you to focus on the algorithms and not on programming.

Cost: Free to audit, $79 if you want a Certificate

Time to complete: 76 hours

Rating: 4.9/5

Syllabus: Linear Regression with One Variable

  • Linear Algebra Review

  • Linear Regression with Multiple Variables

  • Octave/Matlab Tutorial

  • Logistic Regression

  • Regularization

  • Neural Networks: Representation

  • Neural Networks: Learning

  • Advice for Applying Machine Learning

  • Machine Learning System Design

  • Support Vector Machines

  • Dimensionality Reduction

  • Anomaly Detection

  • Recommender Systems

  • Large Scale Machine Learning

  • Application Example: Photo OCR

2) Deep Learning Specialization by (Coursera)

Again, a course taught by Andrew Ng and again it is considered on the best in
the field of Deep Learning. You see a pattern here? It actually consists of
5 different courses and it will give you a clear understanding of the most
important Neural Network Architectures. Seriously if you are interested in DL,
look no more.

It utilizes Python and the TensorFlow library ( some background is probably
necessary to follow along) and it gives you the opportunity to work in real-life
problems around natural language processing, computer vision, healthcare.

Cost: Free to audit, $49/month for a Certificate

Time to complete: 3 months (11 hours/week)

Rating: 4.8/5


  • Neural Networks and Deep Learning

  • Improving Neural Networks: Hyperparameter Tuning, Regularization, and

  • Structuring Machine Learning Projects

  • Convolutional Neural Networks

  • Sequence Models

3) Advanced Machine Learning Specialization (Coursera)

The advanced Machine Learning specialization is offered by National Research
University Higher School of Economics and is structured and taught by Top Kaggle
machine learning practitioners and CERN scientists It includes 7 different
courses and covers more advanced topics such as Reinforcement Learning and
Natural Language Processing. You will probably need more math and a good
understanding of basic ML ideas, but the excellent instruction and the fun
environment will make up to you. It surely comes with my highest recommendation.

Cost: Free to audit, $49/month for a Certificate

Time to complete: 8-10 months (6-10 hours/week)

Rating: 4.6/10


  • Introduction to Deep Learning

  • How to Win Data Science Competitions: Learn from Top Kagglers

  • Bayesian Methods for Machine Learning

  • Practical Reinforcement Learning

  • Deep Learning in Computer Vision

  • Natural Language Processing

  • Addressing the Large Hadron Collider Challenges by Machine Learning

4) Machine Learning by Georgia Tech (Udacity)

If you need a holistic approach on the field and an interactive environment,
this is your course. I have to admit that I haven’t seen a more complete
curriculum than this. From supervised learning to unsupervised and
reinforcement, it has everything you can think of.

It won’t teach you Deep neural networks, but it will give you a clear
understanding of all the different ML algorithms, their strengths, their
weaknesses and how they can be used in real-world applications. Also, if you are
a fan of very short videos and interactive quizzes throughout the course, it’s a
perfect match for you.

Cost: Free

Time to complete: 4 months



  • Supervised Learning

  • Unsupervised Learning

  • Reinforcement Learning

5) Introduction to Machine Learning (Udacity)

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This introductory class is designed and taught the co-founder of Udacity
Sebastian Thrun and the Director of Data Science Research and Development Katie
Malone. Its primary audience is beginners who are looking for a course to get
started with ML. Again if you like Udacity’s environment (which I personally do),
it is an amazing alternative to get your foot in the door.

Cost: Free

Time to complete: 10 weeks


  • Welcome to Machine Learning

  • Naïve Bayes

  • Support Vector Machines

  • Decision Trees

  • Choose your own Algorithm

  • Datasets and Questions

  • Regressions

  • Outliers

  • Clustering

  • Feature Scaling

6) Deep Learning Nanodegree (Udacity)

The Deep Learning Nanodegree by Udacity will teach you all the cutting-edge DL
algorithms from convolutional networks to generative adversarial networks. It is
quite expensive but is the only course with 5 different hands-on projects. You
will build a dog breed classifier, a face generation system a sentiment analysis
model and you’ll also learn how to deploy them in production. And the best part
is that it is taught by real authorities such as Ian Goodfellow, Jun-Yan Zhuand,
Sebastian Thrun and Andrew Trask.

Cost: 1316 €

Time to complete: 4 months

Rating 4.6/5


  • Project 1: Predicting Bike-Sharing Patterns (Gradient Descent and Neural

  • Project 2: Dog Breed Classifier( CNN, AutoEncoders and PyTorch)

  • Project 3: Generate TV Scripts (RNN, LSTM and Embeddings)

  • Project 4: Generate Faces (GAN)

  • Project 5: Deploy a Sentiment Analysis Model

7) Machine Learning by Columbia (edX)

The next in our list is hosted in edX and is offered by the Columbia University.
It requires substantial knowledge in mathematics (linear algebra and calculus)
and Programming( Python or Octave) so if I were a beginner I wouldn’t start
here. Nevertheless, it can be ideal for more advanced students if they want to
develop a mathematical understanding of the algorithms.

One thing that makes this course unique is the fact that it focuses on the
probabilistic area of Machine Learning covering topics such as Bayesian linear
regression and Hidden Markov Models.

Cost: Free to audit, $227 for Certificate

Time to complete: 12 weeks


  • Week 1: maximum likelihood estimation, linear regression, least squares

  • Week 2: ridge regression, bias-variance, Bayes rule, maximum a posteriori

  • Week 3: Bayesian linear regression, sparsity, subset selection for linear

  • Week 4: nearest neighbor classification, Bayes classifiers, linear
    classifiers, perceptron

  • Week 5: logistic regression, Laplace approximation, kernel methods, Gaussian

  • Week 6: maximum margin, support vector machines, trees, random forests,

  • Week 7: clustering, k-means, EM algorithm, missing data

  • Week 8: mixtures of Gaussians, matrix factorization

  • Week 9: non-negative matrix factorization, latent factor models, PCA and

  • Week 10: Markov models, hidden Markov models

  • Week 11: continuous state-space models, association analysis

  • Week 12: model selection, next steps

8) Practical Deep Learning for Coders, v3 ( by

Practical Deep Learning for Coders is an amazing free resource for people with
some coding background (but not too much) and includes a variety of notes,
assignments and videos. It is built around the idea to give students practical
experience in the field so expect to code your way through. You can even learn
how to use a GPU server on the cloud to train your models. Pretty cool.

Cost: Free

Time to complete: 12 weeks (8 hours/week)


  • Introduction to Random Forests

  • Random Forest Deep Dive

  • Performance, Validation, and Model Interpretation

  • Feature Importance. Tree Interpreter

  • Extrapolation and RF from Scratch

  • Data Products and Live Coding

  • RF From Scratch and Gradient Descent

  • Gradient Descent and Logistic Regression

  • Regularization, Learning Rates, and NLP

  • More NLP and Columnar Data

  • Embeddings

  • Complete Rossmann. Ethical Issues

9) Machine Learning A-Z™: Hands-On Python & R In Data Science

Definitely, the most popular AI course on Udemy with half a million students
enrolled. It is created by Kirill Eremenko, Data Scientist & Forex Systems
Expert and Hadelin de Ponteves, Data Scientist. Here you can expect an analysis
of the most important ML algorithms with code templates in Python and R. With 41
hours of learning + 31 articles, it is certainly worth a second look.

Cost: 199 € (but with discounts. At the time of writing the cost was 13.99€)

Time to complete: 41 hours


  • Part 1 - Data Preprocessing

  • Part 2 - Regression: Simple Linear Regression, Multiple Linear
    Regression, Polynomial Regression, SVR, Decision Tree Regression, Random
    Forest Regression

  • Part 3 - Classification: Logistic Regression, K-NN, SVM, Kernel SVM, Naive
    Bayes, Decision Tree Classification, Random Forest Classification

  • Part 4 - Clustering: K-Means, Hierarchical Clustering

  • Part 5 - Association Rule Learning: Apriori, Eclat

  • Part 6 - Reinforcement Learning: Upper Confidence Bound, Thompson Sampling

  • Part 7 - Natural Language Processing: Bag-of-words model and algorithms for

  • Part 8 - Deep Learning: Artificial Neural Networks, Convolutional Neural

  • Part 9 - Dimensionality Reduction: PCA, LDA, Kernel PCA

  • Part 10 - Model Selection & Boosting: k-fold Cross Validation, Parameter
    Tuning, Grid Search, XGBoost

10) CS234 – Reinforcement Learning by Stanford

The most difficult course on the list for sure because arguably Reinforcement
Learning is much more difficult. But if you want to dive into it, there is no
better way to do it. It is in fact actual recorded lectures from Stanford
University. So be prepared to become a Stanford student yourself. The professor
Emma Brunskill makes it very easy to understand all these complex topics and
gives you amazing introduction to the RL systems and algorithms. Of course, you
will find many mathematical equations and proofs, but there is no way around it
when it comes to Reinforcement Learning.

You can find the course website
here and the video lectures in
this Youtube

Cost: Free

Time to complete: 19 hours


  • Introduction

  • Given a model of the world

  • Model-Free Policy Evaluation

  • Model-Free Control

  • Value Function Approximation

  • CNNs and Deep Q Learning

  • Imitation Learning

  • Policy Gradient I

  • Policy Gradient II

  • Policy Gradient III and Review

  • Fast Reinforcement Learning

  • Fast Reinforcement Learning II

  • Fast Reinforcement Learning III

  • Batch Reinforcement Learning

  • Monte Carlo Tree Search

Here you have it. The ultimate list of Machine and Deep Learning Courses. Some
of them may be too advanced, some may contain too much math, some may be too
expensive but each one of them is guaranteed to teach all you need to succeed in
the AI field.

And to be honest, it doesn’t really matter which one you’ll choose. All of them
are top-notch. The important thing is to pick one and just start learning.

Originally published in AI Summer

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