what is learned in a 'machine learning' school course

My only reference is that I am told universities have many machine learning courses

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would a machine learning course relate to php, mysql, asp.net
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duttcomCommented:
I think you'll find it's more about the underlying theory and algorithms of things like robots, speech recognition and data mining. Being able to put together a basic program would be assumed knowledge, rather than part of the curriculum.

Here's a course page which should give you an idea -

http://online.stanford.edu/course/machine-learning

As you can see, it's more about maths than programming.
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Ray PaseurCommented:
I think that term "machine learning" would mean different things in different contexts. For example, a language lab that had headphones and allowed you to practice your pronunciation could be called machine learning, as could online courses that were not taught directly by a person.  In a different context, "machine learning" is what IBM's Deep Blue computer does, accumulating and categorizing information over time, so as to achieve mastery of games like chess and the popular TV program Jeopardy.
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rgb192Author Commented:
I guess I need to find out more information on what 'machine learning' means and thanks for the link.
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