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Algorithms and Interview Prep

This weekly meetup will cover whiteboarding, interview questions, pair programming, and the regularly scheduled algorithms study group will be covering machine learning algorithms

We also have a speaker this week! Justin Palmer, a machine learning guru, will give a talk about his experiences in the industry.

6:30 Arrival/food

7:00 Welcome and Kickoff

7:10 Presentation: Justin Palmer on ML

8:00 Choose Your Own Adventure : 

Algorithms Lesson: Machine Learning: Recommender Systems

White Boarding: Solving algorithms & technical problems 

Mock Interviews: Typically asked technical questions, from behavioral questions to logic and technical knowledge

Pair programming 

9:00 Attendees Depart

About Machine Learning

We'll be watching videos and discussing the concepts behind machine learning, including supervised learning (parametric/non-parametric algorithms, support vector machines, kernels, neural networks), unsupervised learning (clustering, dimensionality reduction, recommender systems, deep learning), best practices in machine learning (bias/variance theory; innovation process in machine learning and AI). The course will also draw from numerous case studies and applications, so that you'll also learn how to apply learning algorithms to building smart robots (perception, control), text understanding (web search, anti-spam), computer vision, medical informatics, audio, database mining, and other areas. To read more about the course, look to:


Week 1: Supervised and Unsupervised Learning

Week 2: Linear Regression: Cost Function and Gradient Descent 

Week 3: Logistic Regression

Week 4: Neural Networks -- Representation

Week 5: Neural Networks -- Learning

Week 6: Advice for Applying Machine Learning

Week 7: Machine Learning System Design

Week 8: Support Vector Machines

Week 9: Clustering

Week 10: Recommender Systems


Please note: this week is the last event of the series; Algorithms and Interview Prep will be taking a break for the month of May (we will miss you all!). We will commence on the first Monday of June with the start of our next course. Stay tuned!


This event is intended to be exclusively open for people who identify as women -- queer and transgender friendly.

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  • Chantal E.

    April 28, 2014

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