Note: This course is offered by Stanford as an online course for credit. It can be taken individually, or as part of a master’s degree or graduate certificate earned online through the Stanford Center for Professional Development. This course provides a broad introduction to machine learning and statistical pattern recognition. Topics include: supervised learning (generative/discriminative learning, parametric/non-parametric learning, n...more
This is an introductory chemistry course for students with an unusually strong background in chemistry. Knowledge of calculus is recommended. Emphasis is on basic principles of atomic and molecular electronic structure, thermodynamics, acid-base and redox equilibria, chemical kinetics, and catalysis. The course also covers applications of basic principles to problems in metal coordination chemistry, organic chemistry, and biological chemistry.
Concentrates on recognizing and solving convex optimization problems that arise in engineering. Topics include: Convex sets, functions, and optimization problems. Basics of convex analysis. Least-squares, linear and quadratic programs, semidefinite programming, minimax, extremal volume, and other problems. Optimality conditions, duality theory, theorems of alternative, and applications. Interiorpoint methods. Applications to signal proces...more
This seminar series is designed to expose students to entrepreneurship through interaction with experienced entrepreneurs, business leaders, and venture capitalists as well as individuals involved in emerging business models, new venture creation, and technology commercialization. While covering a broad set of engineering disciplines, guest speakers will share their knowledge on the latest, most diverse practices on legal, financial, and o...more
Search Engines: Technology, Society, and Business. The World Wide Web brings much of the world's knowledge into the reach of nearly everyone with a computer and an internet connection. The availability of huge quantities of information at our fingertips is transforming government, business, and many other aspects of society. Topics include search advertising and auctions, search and privacy, search ranking, internationalization, anti-spam...more
Interested in learning about the goings-on of government and policy, but don't have the time to read through the New York Times every day? Want to impress friends, colleagues, and interviewers about your knowledge of the intricacies of foreign affairs? This class offers a "crash course" on the workings of public policy on the national level - enough to make you both an educated voter and informed citizen. Along with lectures, classes wil...more
Lecture series examining Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. It remains a matter of controversy as to just what the central project of the Critique is, but surely one objective is to establish the character and range of objective knowledge in light of the limits of sense and reason. Lectures are intended to clarify the major claims advanced by Kant in this connection, and to test the arguments he adduces in their support.
The course is an introduction to Dante and his cultural milieu through a critical reading of the Divine Comedy and selected minor works (Vita nuova, Convivio, De vulgari eloquentia, Epistle to Cangrande). An analysis of Dante's autobiography, the Vita nuova, establishes the poetic and political circumstances of the Comedy's composition. Readings of Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise seek to situate Dante's work within the intellectual and soc...more
There is one thing I can be sure of: I am going to die. But what am I to make of that fact? This course will examine a number of issues that arise once we begin to reflect on our mortality. The possibility that death may not actually be the end is considered. Are we, in some sense, immortal? Would immortality be desirable? Also a clearer notion of what it is to die is examined. What does it mean to say that a person has died? What kind of ...more
In this introduction to ethics, we shall be considering the underpinnings of ethical thought. We shall consider, for example, what it is for an action to be right or wrong, whether we can have moral knowledge and whether freewill is essential to morality. We shall reflect on four key ethical theories (virtue ethics, deontology, non-cognitivism and utilitarianism), looking at both their strengths and their weaknesses. We shall be looking at...more
HMP 607 is the third in a three-course sequence intended to impart to generalist administrators the knowledge of finance and accounting necessary to manage health care organizations. The first course, HMP 608, covers financial accounting. The second course, HMP 606, focuses on managerial accounting topics. This third course concentrates on corporate finance topics. It aims to impart an understanding of how finance theory and practice can i...more
Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner (AMST 246)Professor Wai Chee Dimock closes her reading of The Sound and the Fury by reading section four -- the section related by an omniscient narrator -- through Luster and Dilsey, the two black characters whose personal and racial histories are woven into the history of the Compson family. Luster and Dilsey's centrality to the final section of the novel, particularly their interactions with the Reverent ...more