Postgraduate Course: Probabilistic Modelling and Reasoning (INFR11050)
Course Outline
School  School of Informatics 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) 
Availability  Available to all students 
SCQF Credits  10 
ECTS Credits  5 
Summary  When dealing with real world data, we often need to deal with uncertainty. For example, short segments of a speech signal are ambiguous, and we need to take into account context in order to make sense of an utterance. Probability theory provides a rigorous method for representing and reasoning with uncertain knowledge. The course covers two main areas (i) the process of inference in probabilistic reasoning systems and (ii) learning probabilistic models from data. Its aim is to provide a firm grounding in probabilistic modelling and reasoning, and to give a basis which will allow students to go on to develop their interests in more specific areas, such as dataintensive linguistics, automatic speech recognition, probabilistic expert systems, statistical theories of vision etc. 
Course description 
*Introduction
* Probability
o events, discrete variables
o joint, conditional probability
* Discrete belief networks, inference
* Continuous distributions, graphical Gaussian models
* Learning: Maximum Likelihood parameter estimation
* Decision theory
* Hidden variable models
o mixture models and the EM algorithm
o factor analysis
o ICA, nonlinear factor analysis
* Dynamic hidden variable models
o Hidden Markov models
o Kalman filters (and extensions)
* Undirected graphical models
o Markov Random Fields
o Boltzmann machines
* Information theory
o entropy, mutual information
o source coding, KullbackLeibler divergence
* Bayesian methods for
o Inference on parameters
o Model comparison
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Artificial Intelligence

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Prerequisites 

Corequisites  
Prohibited Combinations  
Other requirements  This course is open to all Informatics students including those on joint degrees. For external students where this course is not listed in your DPT, please seek special permission from the course organiser.
Mathematics prerequisites:
1  Probability theory: Discrete and continuous univariate random variables. Expectation, variance. Joint and conditional distributions.
2  Linear algebra: Vectors and matrices: definitions, addition. Matrix multiplication, matrix inversion. Eigenvectors, determinants, quadratic forms.
3  Calculus: Functions of several variables. Partial differentiation. Multivariate maxima and minima. Integration: need to know definitions, including multivariate integration.
4  Special functions: Log, exp are fundamental.
5  Geometry: Basics of lines, planes and hyperplanes. Coordinate geometry of circle, sphere, ellipse, ellipsoid and ndimensional generalizations.
6  Graph theory: Basic concepts and definitions: vertices and edges, directed and undirected graphs, trees, paths and cycles, cliques.
Programming prerequisite: A basic level of programming is assumed and not covered in lectures. The assessed assignment will involve some programming, probably in MATLAB. 
Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
High Demand Course? 
Yes 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: None 
Course Start 
Semester 2 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
100
(
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
68 )

Assessment (Further Info) 
Written Exam
80 %,
Coursework
20 %,
Practical Exam
0 %

Additional Information (Assessment) 
One assignment, mainly focussing on learning probabilistic models of data.
You should expect to spend approximately 20 hours on the coursework for this course.
If delivered in semester 1, this course will have an option for semester 1 only visiting undergraduate students, providing assessment prior to the end of the calendar year. 
Feedback 
Not entered 
Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)   2:00  
Learning Outcomes
1  Define the joint distribution implied by directed and undirected probabilistic graphical models.
2  Carry out inference ingraphical models from first principles by hand, and by using the junction tree algorithm.
3  Demonstrate understanding of maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods for parameter estimation by hand derivation of estimation equations for specific problems.
4  Critically discuss differences between various latent variable models for data.
5  Derive EM updates for various latent variable models (e.g. mixture models).
6  Define entropy, joint entropy, conditional entropy, mutual information, expected code length.
7  Demonstrate ability to design, assess and evaluate belief network models.
8  Use matlab code implementing probabilistic graphic models.
9  Demonstrate ability to conduct experimental investigations and draw conclusions from them.

Reading List
* The course text is "Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning" by C. M. Bishop (Springer, 2006).
* In addition, David MacKay's book "Information Theory, Inference and Learning Algorithms" (CUP, 2003) is highly recommended.

Contacts
Course organiser  Dr Amos Storkey
Tel: (0131 6)51 1208
Email: A.Storkey@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Miss Maree Matheson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9989
Email: m.matheson@ed.ac.uk 

