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The active course run for Statistical Learning from Stanford University has ended, but the course is now available in a self paced mode. You are welcome to join the course and work through the material and exercises at your own pace. When you have completed the exercises with a score of 50% or higher, you can generate your Statement of Accomplishment from within the course.

The course will remain available for an extended period of time. We anticipate the content will be available until at least August 2, 2017. You will be notified by email of any changes to content availability beforehand.


This is an introductory-level course in supervised learning, with a focus on regression and classification methods. The syllabus includes: linear and polynomial regression, logistic regression and linear discriminant analysis; cross-validation and the bootstrap, model selection and regularization methods (ridge and lasso); nonlinear models, splines and generalized additive models; tree-based methods, random forests and boosting; support-vector machines. Some unsupervised learning methods are discussed: principal components and clustering (k-means and hierarchical).

This is not a math-heavy class, so we try and describe the methods without heavy reliance on formulas and complex mathematics. We focus on what we consider to be the important elements of modern data analysis. Computing is done in R. There are lectures devoted to R, giving tutorials from the ground up, and progressing with more detailed sessions that implement the techniques in each chapter.

Week 1: Introduction and Overview of Statistical Learning (Chapters 1-2)
Week 2: Linear Regression (Chapter 3)
Week 3: Classification (Chapter 4)
Week 4: Resampling Methods (Chapter 5)
Week 5: Linear Model Selection and Regularization (Chapter 6)
Week 6: Moving Beyond Linearity (Chapter 7)
Week 7: Tree-based Methods (Chapter 8)
Week 8: Support Vector Machines (Chapter 9)
Week 9: Unsupervised Learning (Chapter 10)

The lectures cover all the material in An Introduction to Statistical Learning, with Applications in R by James, Witten, Hastie and Tibshirani (Springer, 2013). The pdf for this book is available for free on the book website.


First courses in statistics, linear algebra, and computing.


Do I need to buy a textbook?

No, a free online version of An Introduction to Statistical Learning, with Applications in R by James, Witten, Hastie and Tibshirani (Springer, 2013) is available from that website. Springer has agreed to this, so no need to worry about copyright. Of course you may not distribiute printed versions of this pdf file.

How many hours of effort are expected per week?

We anticipate it will take approximately 3-5 hours per week to go through the materials and exercises in each section.

Will I receive a statement of accomplishment?

Yes, if you complete the course, and achieve a passing grade of 50% on the quizzes, you can generate a Statement of Accomplishment from within the course. If you get 90% or higher, your statement will be “with distinction”.

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