AbstractThis course gives a fundamental introduction to machine learning (ML) with an emphasis on statistical aspects. In the course, we focus on both the theoretical foundation for ML and the application of ML methods.
The course enables students to analyse machine learning algorithms, implement abstractly specified machine learning methods in an imperative programming language, modify machine learning methods to analyse practical datasets, and convey the results.
The course gives an overview of fundamental concepts and reasoning behind machine learning methods, based especially on a probabilistic and decision-theoretic framework. Further, we discuss a broad range of classical machine learning methods such as
- k-nearest neighbours
- Linear models for regression and classification
- Neural networks
- Support vector machines
- Decision trees
- Ensemble methods
- Clustering methods
- Dimensionality reduction
The course is mandatory for third semester in the BSc in Data Science and assumes students to have followed the courses Applied Statistics and Linear Algebra and Optimisation, or something equivalent.
Prior experience with Python is assumed.
Intended learning outcomes
After the course, the student should be able to:
- Discuss, clearly explain, and reflect upon central machine learning concepts and algorithms.
- Choose among and make use of the most important machine learning approaches in order to apply (match) them to practical problems.
- Implement abstractly specified machine learning methods in an imperative programming language.
- Combine and modify machine learning methods to analyse practical dataset and convey the results.
Ordinary examExam type:
D: Submission of written work with following oral, External (7-point scale)
D2G: Submission for groups with following oral exam supplemented by the submission. Shared responsibility for the report.