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Essential Mathematics for Data Science and Machine Learning: Using R

This course is not designed to make you a mathematician. Rather, it aims to help you learn some essential foundational concepts.

  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    6 hours
  • Included in an ExpertTrack

    Course 5 of 6
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This course is designed to help you get up to speed on the key concepts and notation on which machine learning an AI are based. This course is not a full math curriculum. It’s not designed to replace school or college math education. Instead, it focuses on the key mathematical concepts that you’ll encounter in studies of machine learning.

We’ll start with some basic algebra to get started with equations and functions, then we’ll dive into some differential calculus to explore derivatives and optimisation. We’ll also look at some linear algebra and cover vectors and matrices, before finally getting to grips with some statistics and probability.

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

Apply basic Mathematical principles required in Data Analytics Demonstrate your understanding of Algebra Fundamentals Demonstrate your understanding of Quadratic Equations and Functions Demonstrate understanding of Differential Calculus Foundations Demonstrate understanding of Vectors and Matrices Demonstrate understanding of Statistics and Probability

What topics will you cover?

  • Familiarity with Equations, Functions, and Graphs
  • Differentiation and Optimisation
  • Vectors and Matrices
  • Statistics and Probability

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Who is this accredited by?


This course is co-created and accredited by Microsoft

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Applied Familiarity with Equations, Functions, and Graphs
  • Calculated Differentiation and Optimization
  • Identified Vectors and Matrices
  • Described Statistics and Probability

Who is the course for?

This course is designed to fill the gaps for students who missed the key concepts as part of their formal education, or who need to refresh their memories after a long break from studying math.

Individuals in the following roles will also find this course useful:

Data Analysts Programmers

Who developed the course?

CloudSwyft Global Systems, Inc.

CloudSwyft has partnered with the top global technology companies to deliver cutting edge digital skills learning across the modern workplace.

About this ExpertTrack

Gain an introduction to Data Science on Microsoft Azure, develop your data science skills, and learn R Programming

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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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