Machine Learning is one of my areas of interest and I am trying to learn as much as possible. It is a very demanding but also a fun field .
Recently , I came across a huge list of video lectures on Machine Learning from the blog Onionesque Reality. More exactly, the post titled Demystifying Support Vector Machines for Beginners had a section “Webcasts/ Video Lectures on Learning Theory, Support Vector Machines and related ideas” where links to lot of lectures were provided. I sampled the lectures given here and I have to admit most of them are really high quality stuff.
As a first step, I decided to finish the Berkeley’s Machine Learning workshop. The website for video lectures is here. It contains 11 lectures over two days. I find it incredible that they were able to finish this off in two days. If I had been there my brain would have exploded with all this information 🙂
The courses cover most of the important areas of Machine Learning. Best of all, two of the lectures – on Graphical Models (my area of research) and Non Parametric Bayesian Models were taken by Professor Michael Jordan. Well, he is an excellent teacher and it is no wonder that many of his students are leaders in Machine Learning.
Overall , the courses were good – some excellent and some good.
The lectures were encoded in real player format which surprised me. It is hard but not impossible to play rm files in Linux. Even though all of totem, mplayer or vlc can play it , the navigation was very awkward and clumsy and is prone to frequent crashes. I am thinking of converting them to mp4 format but have not found the exact way to do it .
The lectures were streamed via rtsp protocol. If you are using Linux and wanted to download the lectures there is an easy way to do it. Just click on one of the lectures and find its rtsp url. (Most of the time it is done by right clicking and saying Copy Url ). You can then use mplayer to dump the file . The syntax is
mplayer -noframedrop -dumpfile Manifold_Learning_and_Visualization.rm -dumpstream rtsp://184.108.40.206:554/events/eecs/eecs_20070824_2.rm
The dumpfile argument takes the output file into which the lecture will be downloaded into. The dumpstream takes the rtsp url as input.
Have fun with the lectures !