MAS369 Machine Learning

Semester 1, 2019/20 10 Credits
Lecturer: Dr Frazer Jarvis uses MOLE Timetable Reading List
Aims Teaching Methods Assessment

Machine learning lies at the interface between computer science and statistics. The aims of machine learning are to develop a set of tools for modelling and understanding complex data sets. Tools of statistical machine learning have become important in many fields, such as marketing, finance and business, as well as in science. The module focuses on the problem of training models to learn from existing data to classify new examples of data. Although other aspects of machine learning will be mentioned, the module focuses on the problem of classification; other topics in machine learning are covered by modules in Computer Science.

Prerequisites: MAS223 (Statistical Inference and Modelling)
No other modules have this module as a prerequisite.


Outline syllabus

  • The main problems of data science and machine learning
  • Data sets and data visualisation
  • Dimensionality reduction - principal components analysis and introduction to other methods
  • Supervised learning: the classification problem and discriminant analysis
  • Regression and classification trees
  • Ensemble methods and random forests; boosting
  • Support vector machines
  • Neural networks and deep learning



Aims

  • Introduce students to the main problems in machine learning
  • Introduce students to some of the techniques used for solving problems in data science
  • Introduce students to neural networks and the main ideas behind "deep learning"
  • Introduce students to the principal computer packages involved in machine learning

Teaching methods

Lectures, lab sheets


20 lectures, no tutorials

Assessment

Three projects of equal weight

Reading list

Type Author(s) Title Library Blackwells Amazon
C Everitt An R and S-PLUS Companion to Multivariate Analysis
C Hastie, Tibshirani and Friedman The Elements of Statistical Learning
C James, Witten, Hastie and Tibshirani An Introduction to Statistial Learning

(A = essential, B = recommended, C = background.)

Most books on reading lists should also be available from the Blackwells shop at Jessop West.