I just received my certificate for the “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” online course offered by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig. I’m one of 23,000 who received the certificate, for doing well in the homework, midterm, and final exams. The class was one of three open online courses offered as an experiment by Stanford. Enrollment reached 160,000 students from 190 countries. The course started in September and ended in December.
I finally got ot understand how probability and statistics could be applied to make sense of data. Dr. Thrun explained very well the applications of bayesian statistics and especially particle filter. I had years and years of statistical theories in math, physics, finance, computer science classes.
These 3 classes have launched the Massively Open Online Course revolution in education.