Applications of Linear Algebra Part 2

开始时间: 待定 持续时间: 4 weeks

所在平台: edX

课程类别: 计算机科学

大学或机构: davidsonx

授课老师: Tim Chartier Allison Dulin



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*Note - This is an Archived course*

Our world is in a data deluge with ever increasing sizes of datasets.  Linear algebra is a tool to manage and analyze such data.

This course is part 2 of a 2-part course, with this part extending smoothly from the first.  Note, however, that part 1, is not a prerequisite for part 2. In this part of the course, we'll develop the linear algebra more fully than part 1. This class has a focus on data mining with some applications of computer graphics.  We'll discuss, in further depth than part 1, sports ranking and ways to rate teams from thousands of games. We’ll apply the methods to March Madness.  We'll also learn methods behind web search, utilized by such companies as Google.  We'll also learn to cluster data to find similar groups and also how to compress images to lower the amount of storage used to store them.  The tools that we learn can be applied to applications of your interest.  For instance, clustering data to find similar movies can be applied to find similar songs or friends. So, come to this course ready to investigate your own ideas.  

This is a past/archived course. At this time, you can only explore this course in a self-paced fashion. Certain features of this course may not be active, but many people enjoy watching the videos and working with the materials. Make sure to check for reruns of this course.


  • How to solve least-square systems, about eigenvectors of matrix, how to Markov Chains, and the matrix decomposition called the singular value decomposition.
  • To apply the least-squares method to finding a presidential look-alike
  • To use an eigenvector to cluster a dataset into groups or downsample an image
  • To use Markov Chains to analyze a board game
  • How Markov Chains were proposed by Google as part of their search engine process
  • Applications of the singular value decomposition in image compression and data mining.
  • Explore applications with Matlab codes provided with the course.  


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Explore applications of linear algebra in the field of data mining by learning fundamentals of search engines, clustering movies into genres and of computer graphics by posterizing an image.  


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