252-0535-00L  Machine Learning

Semester Autumn Semester 2017
Lecturers J. M. Buhmann
Periodicity yearly course
Language of instruction English

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Abstract Machine learning algorithms provide analytical methods to search data sets for characteristic patterns. Typical tasks include the classification of data, function fitting and clustering, with applications in image and speech analysis, bioinformatics and exploratory data analysis. This course is accompanied by practical machine learning projects.
Objective Students will be familiarized with the most important concepts and algorithms for supervised and unsupervised learning; reinforce the statistics knowledge which is indispensible to solve modeling problems under uncertainty. Key concepts are the generalization ability of algorithms and systematic approaches to modeling and regularization. A machine learning project will provide an opportunity to test the machine learning algorithms on real world data.
Content The theory of fundamental machine learning concepts is presented in the lecture, and illustrated with relevant applications. Students can deepen their understanding by solving both pen-and-paper and programming exercises, where they implement and apply famous algorithms to real-world data.

Topics covered in the lecture include:

- Bayesian theory of optimal decisions
- Maximum likelihood and Bayesian parameter inference
- Classification with discriminant functions: Perceptrons, Fisher's LDA and support vector machines (SVM)
- Ensemble methods: Bagging and Boosting
- Regression: least squares, ridge and LASSO penalization, non-linear regression and the bias-variance trade-off
- Non parametric density estimation: Parzen windows, nearest nieghbour
- Dimension reduction: principal component analysis (PCA) and beyond
Lecture notes No lecture notes, but slides will be made available on the course webpage.
Literature C. Bishop. Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning. Springer 2007.

R. Duda, P. Hart, and D. Stork. Pattern Classification. John Wiley &
Sons, second edition, 2001.

T. Hastie, R. Tibshirani, and J. Friedman. The Elements of Statistical
Learning: Data Mining, Inference and Prediction. Springer, 2001.

L. Wasserman. All of Statistics: A Concise Course in Statistical
Inference. Springer, 2004.
Prerequisites / Notice The course requires solid basic knowledge in analysis, statistics and numerical methods for CSE as well as practical programming experience for solving assignments.
Students should at least have followed one previous course offered by the Machine Learning Institute (e.g., CIL or LIS) or an equivalent course offered by another institution.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits 8 credits
Examiners J. M. Buhmann
Type session examination
Language of examination English
Course attendance confirmation required No
Repetition The performance assessment is only offered in the session after the course unit. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling.
Mode of examination written 180 minutes
Additional information on mode of examination 70% schriftliche Sessionsprüfung, 30% Projekt;
Das Projekt hat eine Bonuswirkung und muss bei Repetition neu durchgeführt werden. //
70% written session examination, 30% project;
The project counts as a bonus and has to be rerun in case of a repetition.

The practical projects are an integral part (60 hours of work, 2 credits) of the course. Participation is mandatory.
Failure to participate results in a failing grade for the overall examination of Machine Learning (252-0535-00L).
Students who do not participate in the projects are required to de-register from the exam and will otherwise be treated as a no show.
Written aids Two A4-pages (i.e. one A4-sheet of paper), either handwritten or 11 point minimum font size.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

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Number Title Hours Lecturers
252-0535-00 V Machine Learning
Donnerstag im ML D 28 mit Videoübertragung im ML E 12
Freitag im HG F 1 mit Videoübertragung im HG F 3
3 hrs
Thu 14-15 ML D 28 »
14-15 ML E 12 »
Fri 08-10 HG F 1 »
08-10 HG F 3 »
J. M. Buhmann
252-0535-00 U Machine Learning 2 hrs
Wed 13-15 CAB G 61 »
15-17 CAB G 61 »
Thu 15-17 CAB G 51 »
Fri 13-15 CAB G 61 »
J. M. Buhmann
252-0535-00 A Machine Learning
Project Work, no fixed presence required.
2 hrs J. M. Buhmann


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