Recommender Systems Specialization

Starts Oct 23

Recommender Systems Specialization

Master Recommender Systems

Learn to design, build, and evaluate recommender systems for commerce and content.

About This Specialization

This Specialization covers all the fundamental techniques in recommender systems, from non-personalized and project-association recommenders through content-based and collaborative techniques. Designed to serve both the data mining expert and the data literate marketing professional, the courses offer interactive, spreadsheet-based exercises to master different algorithms along with an honors track where learners can go into greater depth using the LensKit open source toolkit. A Capstone Project brings together the course material with a realistic recommender design and analysis project.

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5 courses

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Intermediate Specialization.
Some related experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    Introduction to Recommender Systems: Non-Personalized and Content-Based

    Upcoming session: Oct 23
    4 weeks; an average of 3-7 hours per week, plus 2-5 hours per week for honors track.

    About the Course

    This course, which is designed to serve as the first course in the Recommender Systems specialization, introduces the concept of recommender systems, reviews several examples in detail, and leads you through non-personalized recommendation using
  2. COURSE 2

    Nearest Neighbor Collaborative Filtering

    Current session: Oct 16

    About the Course

    In this course, you will learn the fundamental techniques for making personalized recommendations through nearest-neighbor techniques. First you will learn user-user collaborative filtering, an algorithm that identifies other people with simila
  3. COURSE 3

    Recommender Systems: Evaluation and Metrics

    Upcoming session: Oct 23

    About the Course

    In this course you will learn how to evaluate recommender systems. You will gain familiarity with several families of metrics, including ones to measure prediction accuracy, rank accuracy, decision-support, and other factors such as diversity,
  4. COURSE 4

    Matrix Factorization and Advanced Techniques

    Current session: Oct 16

    About the Course

    In this course you will learn a variety of matrix factorization and hybrid machine learning techniques for recommender systems. Starting with basic matrix factorization, you will understand both the intuition and the practical details of building rec
  5. COURSE 5

    Recommender Systems Capstone

    Starts October 2017

    About the Capstone Project

    This capstone project course for the Recommender Systems Specialization brings together everything you've learned about recommender systems algorithms and evaluation into a comprehensive recommender analysis and design project. You will be given a case study to complete where you have to select and justify the design of a recommender system through analysis of recommender goals and algorithm performance. Learners in the honors track will focus on experimental evaluation of the algorithms against medium sized datasets. The standard track will include a mix of provided results and spreadsheet exploration. Both groups will produce a capstone report documenting the analysis, the selected solution, and the justification for that solution.


  • University of Minnesota

    The University of Minnesota has been a leader in recommender systems since developing GroupLens, the first automated recommender system in 1993. Today the University continues that leadership with leading research on recommender algorithms, applications, and evaluation.

    The University of Minnesota is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

  • Joseph A Konstan

    Joseph A Konstan

    Distinguished McKnight Professor and Distinguished University Teaching Professor
  • Michael D. Ekstrand

    Michael D. Ekstrand

    Assistant Professor


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