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Topics in Applied Mathematics

Topics in Applied Mathematics

This is a free online course offered by the Saylor Foundation. 'The objective of this course is to study the basic theory and methods in the toolbox of the core of applied mathematics, with a central scheme that addresses “information processing” and with an emphasis on manipulation of digital image data.  Linear algebra in the Saylor Foundation’s MA211 and MA212 are extended to “linear analysis” with applications to principal component analysis (PCA) and data dimensionality reduction (DDR).  For data compression, the notion of entropy is introduced to quantify coding efficiency as governed by Shannon’s Noiseless Coding theorem.  Discrete Fourier transform (DFT) followed by an efficient computational algorithm, called fast Fourier transform (FFT), as well as a real-valued version of the... Show More


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