NDAB21008U Machine Learning B (MLB)
BSc Programme in Machine Learning and Data Science
The course is a continuation of Machine Learning A course and provides deeper theoretical foundations of machine learning and a number of advanced theoretically grounded learning techniques. Tentative list of topics includes:
- Basics in Optimization Theory
- Basic properties of functions: convexity, Lipschitzness, gradients, subgradients, etc.
- Constrained optimization and the method of Lagrange multipliers
- Stochastic Gradient Descent (SGD)
- Convergence proof for SGD
- Alternating optimization methods
- Basics of Information Theory
- Relative entropy (the Kullback-Leibler divergence)
- The method of types
- kl inequality for concentration of measure
- Advanced techniques for analysing generalisation power of
- Vapnik-Chervonenkis (VC) analysis
- VC analysis of SVMs
- VC lower bound
- PAC-Bayesian analysis
- PAC-Bayesian analysis of majority vote
- Kernel Methods
- Kernels and RKHS
- Ensemble classifiers and weighted majority vote
- Non-linear dimensionality reduction techniques
- Bayesian inference
- Difference between Bayesian and frequentist views
- Gaussian Processes
At course completion, the successful student will have:
- advanced understanding of the concept of generalisation;
- advanced tools for analysis of generalisation power of machine learning algorithms;
- the mathematical foundations of selected advanced machine learning algorithms.
- deriving advanced generalisation bounds for expected prediction quality;
- applying advanced linear and non-linear techniques for classification and regression;
- implementing selected advanced machine learning algorithms;
- visualising and evaluating results obtained with machine learning techniques;
- using software libraries for solving machine learning problems.
- recognising and describing possible applications of machine learning;
- formalising and rigorously analysing machine learning problems;
- comparing, appraising and selecting machine learning methods for specific tasks;
- solving real-world data mining and pattern recognition problems by using machine learning techniques.
Will be published on Absalon.
The course requires strong mathematical skills and background corresponding to what is achieved on the BSc. in Machine Learning and Data Science.
It is not recommended to pass both this course and the Introduktion til Machine Learning (IntroML).
- Theory exercises
- Practical exercises
- Exam Preparation
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written examination, 5 daysThe exam is a 5-day written take-home assignment (must be solved individually).
- Exam registration requirements
5-7 mandatory written take-home assignments (must be solved individually).
A student must score above 50% on average in the assignments in order to qualify for the exam.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
The re-exam is a 5-day written take-home assignment (must be solved individually).
Prerequisite for participation in the re-exam is handing in the course assignments no later than 3 weeks prior to the re-exam week and scoring at least 50% on average in these assignments.
Criteria for exam assesment
See Learning Outcome.