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Announcing Udacity’s New Small Data Course

Introducing Small Data

In the fast-paced world of data, the landscape is constantly evolving, and data professionals must equip themselves with the skills that set them apart. One such skillset is small data, and using machine learning techniques for small datasets. The ability to extract valuable insights from limited data resources opens the doors to a world of opportunity. It’s a dynamic field where every data point carries weight, and every decision made has the potential to reshape outcomes. As the demand for personalized experiences and tailored solutions intensifies, those armed with these techniques hold the power to revolutionize industries, driving impactful change and delivering tangible results.

And in that context, we are excited to introduce Udacity’s newest addition to the School of Data Science: Small Data. This comprehensive machine learning course is designed to equip you with the essential skills for tackling small dataset challenges.

What you’ll learn

One key focus of this course is to empower you with viable options for handling small datasets effectively. You will learn how to leverage transfer learning, a powerful technique that enables the application of knowledge from pre-trained models to new and smaller datasets. Transfer learning will become a valuable tool in your arsenal, allowing you to build accurate and reliable models even with limited data availability. 

Additionally, you will delve into the realm of synthetic data generation, a technique that enables the augmentation of small datasets to develop robust machine learning models. By employing synthetic data generation methods, you can expand the diversity and size of your datasets, providing more training examples for your models and enhancing their performance. 

Along the way, you’ll learn to classify and describe small data, as compared and contrasted with big data, and relate the concept of small data to real-world situations and solutions.

The course concludes with a project taken straight from a real business scenario, in which you will utilize transfer learning to categorize data from a relatively small dataset, and then augment a small dataset with synthetically generated data suitable for developing a robust machine learning model.

Your instructor

The Small Data course is taught by Matt Swaffer, an industry expert with over 20 years of experience in software development and data science. Matt’s career is centered on the intersection of technology, data, and human psychology, and he is passionate about using data science to have a meaningful impact on our people and our planet. The course curriculum and project are infused with Matt’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities of working with small data in the real world.


By the end of this course, you will have a strong foundation in machine learning techniques specifically tailored for small datasets. Transfer learning, synthetic data generation, and variational autoencoders will become integral parts of your skill set, empowering you to effectively navigate the challenges associated with limited data resources. Armed with these techniques, you will be well-prepared to tackle small dataset problems, enabling you to build powerful models and make significant contributions to your projects and business. Get started today!

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