The course has officially started. It is free for everyone and is available at https://class.stanford.edu/courses/HumanitiesScience/StatLearning/Winter2014/. It is in R. A new book from the authors An Introduction to Statistical Learning, with Applications in R (James, Witten, Hastie, Tibshirani – Springer 2013) is provided for free download on the course website.
Everyone completing all problems by March 21 can get a Statement of Accomplishment. I am thinking about getting one, while I am not new to the subject and took a somewhat similar graduate course at UCSD given by Charles Elkan, but I found out that setting up the goal of getting a certificate makes it easier to keep with the course.
Hastie and Tibshirani start the introduction (of the actual class, not on the above video) joking how they were statisticians, then became machine learning guys, and now they proudly call themselves Data Scientists. Watch this! I am looking forward to learn from these gurus. I am sure it will be fun!