Machine Learning
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Faculteit  Science and Engineering 
Jaar  2021/22 
Vakcode  WMAI01005 
Vaknaam  Machine Learning 
Niveau(s)  master 
Voertaal  Engels 
Periode  semester I b 
ECTS  5 
Rooster  rooster.rug.nl 
Uitgebreide vaknaam  Machine Learning  
Leerdoelen  At the end of the course, the student is able to: 1) understand and appreciate universal challenges that arise in (almost) every machine learning (ML) project: curse of dimensionality, biasvariance tradeoff, choice of loss function, architecture design (structural bias), and know about standard coping strategies (dimension Reduction, regularization, crossvalidation) 2) give a coarse overview of the rich landscape of modern ML (supervised / unsupervised / reinforcement learning, different modeling attitudes, goals and methods in different subfields of ML) 3) understand basic algorithmic techniques that is sufficient to allow him/her to practically apply these techniques by programming from scratch or using a highlevel toolbox 4) easily and quickly implement simple (but not necessarily poorly performing) linear, baseline ML pipelines for supervised learning problems 5) design, implement, run, test and evaluate a more complex, multimodule, nonlinear ML pipeline for supervised learning problems, possibly including unsupervised components 

Omschrijving  Machine learning (ML) is about algorithms which are fed with (large quantities of) realworld data, and which return a compressed model of the data. An example is a spoken language model: the input data are speech recordings, from which ML methods build a model of spoken English  useful, for instance, in automated speech recognition systems. There exists a large number of formalisms in which such models can be formulated and implemented, and an even larger diversity of learning algorithms to estimate such models from data. However, there is only a relatively small number of fundamental challenges which are common to all of these formalisms and algorithms. This lecture introduces such fundamental concepts and a choice of standard model formalisms (decision trees, linear classifiers and regressors, Kmeans clustering, selforganizing feature maps, sampling / energy based distribution modeling, hidden Markov models and graphical models, feedforward and recurrent neural networks). There will be a practical where students will implement their own machine learning system and they will write a report about this system and the obtained results. Furthermore, there will be a written final exam at the end of the course. 

Uren per week  
Onderwijsvorm 
Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
(There will be lectures given by the lecturer and a computer practicum.) 

Toetsvorm 
Schriftelijk tentamen (WE), Verslag (R)
(The examination will count for 50% of the final mark and the practical report also for 50%. The grade of the exam needs to be higher or equal to 5.0 in order to pass this course.) 

Vaksoort  master  
Coördinator  prof. dr. H. Jaeger  
Docent(en)  prof. dr. H. Jaeger  
Verplichte literatuur 


Entreevoorwaarden  Mandatory: No prior knowledge is assumed. Please note that the student is expected to have a relevant BSc degree. Advised: Knowledge about linear algebra is essential in order to do well for this course; knowledge of calculus and statistics is very helpful. 

Opmerkingen  This course is NOT an introduction to deep learning! But it is a highly recommended preparation for the followup course Deep Learning (WMAI01705).  
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