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Full info last published 10/03-21
Course info
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Price for EU/EEA citizens (Single Subject):
10625 DKK
MSc. Master
MSc in Computer Science
Course manager
Associate Professor
Course semester
Forår 2021
1 February 2021
14 May 2021
Exam type
ekstern censur
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Exam Language
This 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 prerequisites
The 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.
Learning activities

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 activities
There 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.

Course literature

Ron Larson: Elementary Linear Algebra, 8th ed, metric version

Anderson, Seppäläinen and Valkó: Introduction to Probability, Cambridge University Press

Student Activity Budget
Estimated distribution of learning activities for the typical student
  • Preparation for lectures and exercises: 40%
  • Lectures: 20%
  • Exercises: 20%
  • Assignments: 20%
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
C: Submission of written work, External (7-point scale)
Exam variation:
C22: Submission of written work – Take home
Exam submission description:
The students should upload hand-written solutions to LearnIT.
Permitted aids for the exam: E-books and notes on laptop/tablets, Written and printed books and notes.
Duration of exam: 4 hours and 15 minutes - Please, disregard the 1 day duration below.
The exam is followed by a random fraud control with Zoom will be conducted right after the submission:
Student Affairs and Programmes will randomly select 20 % of students who will have to show up in Zoom to check authorship of submitted solutions.
The selection of students for fraud control will be published in LearnIT right after the exam together with a link to the Zoom meeting.
Take home duration:
1 day

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