Here we can discuss general stuff that doesn't fit in anywhere else.

Note first of all that the Stanford University machine learning class is not designed to be in any way specific to automated trading, although we can certainly discuss such applications here!

Unlike the AI Class, Stanford specifically recommend using Octave for their ML programming assignments. Octave is an open source "clone" of Matlab, and here are their instructions on how to install it.

Here are a few additional resources for the Stanford ML class:

Reddit study group - mlclass
LinkedIn - Machine Learning (ML-Class Study Group)
Facebook - ML_Class
Twitter - @ml-class