Linear Algebra and Probability
AbstractThis is a course in mathematics covering linear algebra and basic probability theory. This course is the first course of the Algorithms and Machine Learning specialisations.
The topics covered by this course are important in various branches of computer science, in particular in algorithms and machine learning. The topics covered in the linear algebra part of the course include systems of linear equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, bases, dimension, and eigenvectors. The topics covered in the probability theory part include conditional probability, Bayes theorem, discrete and continuous random variables, as well as the limit theorems. The course focuses on providing a basic understanding of the mathematical concepts covered, but will also include a few illustrative examples of their use, such as least squares analysis.
Formal prerequisitesThe course assumes that the students have taken the course Foundation of Computing: Discrete Mathematics from the BSc in Software Development or similar.
Intended learning outcomes
After the course, the student should be able to:
- Solve systems of linear equations
- Define the basic concepts of linear algebra and probability, e.g., eigenvalues for a matrix or variance of a discrete random variable
- Compute the essential constructions of linear algebra, such as the inverse of a given matrix or the eigenvectors of a given matrix. Compute probabilities, expected values, variances and other concepts from probability theory.
- Apply the tools of linear algebra and probability to solve small mathematical problems.
- Model simple probabilistic problems using the distributions covered in the course.
Lectures and exercises.
At the exercise sessions the students will solve and present solutions to mathematical problems. The mandatory assignments are of the form of mathematical problems, but can also involve some programming. The solutions must be submitted in written form.
Mandatory activitiesThere are 6 mandatory assignments, out of which 5 must be approved for the student to qualify for the exam. The deadlines are evenly distributed over the semester (approximately one every 2 weeks), exact dates will be posted on learnit the first week of the semester. If a mandatory assignment is not approved the first time, the student will be allowed to resubmit approximately one week after the first deadline.
The student will receive the grade NA (not approved) at the ordinary exam, if the mandatory activities are not approved and the student will use an exam attempt.
Ron Larson: Elementary Linear Algebra, 8th ed, metric version
Probability book TBD
Student Activity BudgetEstimated distribution of learning activities for the typical student
- Preparation for lectures and exercises: 40%
- Lectures: 20%
- Exercises: 20%
- Assignments: 20%
Ordinary examExam type:
A: Written exam on premises, External (7-point scale)
A33: Written exam on premises on paper with restrictions
Written and printed books and notes
E-books and/or other electronic devices
- E-books on laptops and tablets.
Notes on laptops and tablets.