The first MOOC (massive open online course) from a
"The open source Weka software was developed here at the University, and it's been downloaded over half a million times," says
Through this MOOC, the
Collaborative learning experience
A series of videos simply and clearly explain how the course will work, what students will need to complete it and what they will get at the end of it.
"Some people are talking about monetising MOOCs by selling diplomas, advertising, and suchlike, but we're not thinking about any of those things at the moment," says Professor Witten, who was recently recognised with a
Data mining -also known as machine learning - has enormous potential as more and more of daily life is conducted online, generating vast amounts of information. Until recently, analysing that data in a way that was useful and relevant has been beyond most people's capability.
But not anymore. With the rise of software such as Weka (Waikato Environment for Knowledge Analysis), huge quantities of raw data can be sifted and analysed, extracting information on every aspect of life, from traffic flows on city streets to which restaurants people are eating at. The Weka workbench, an organised collection of state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms and data preprocessing tools, has been used in a wide number of applications. It has helped determine what information dairy farmers use in deciding which cows to keep in their herd and to analyse milk production.
The Data Mining with Weka MOOC can be found at: weka.waikato.ac.nz
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