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Postgraduate Course: Machine Learning Methods for Data Science (INFR11135)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryOrganisations seek to make better decisions by examining their data with an aim to discovering and/or drawing conclusions about the information contained within.
This course is about the principled application of machine learning techniques to extracting information from data. The main area that will be discussed is supervised learning, which is concerned with learning to predict an output, given inputs. A second area of study is unsupervised learning, where we wish to discover the structure in a set of patterns, i.e. there is no output "teacher signal".
The primary aim is to provide the student with a set of practical tools that can be applied to solve real - world problems in machine learning, coupled with an appropriate, principled approach to formulating a solution.
Course description - Introduction to Machine Learning and its Goals.
- Introduction to Data and Models.
- Memory based methods: Decision Trees.
- Error functions, Minimizing Error.
- Regression, Logistic Regression, Neural Networks.
- Margin Based Methods: Perceptron, Support Vector Machines.
- Na´ve Bayes.
- Dimensionality Reduction.
- Clustering: K-means, Simple Gaussian Mixture Models, Hierarchical Clustering.
- Evaluation of Performance.

We will also use a modern machine learning programming environment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Practical Introduction to Data Science (PGPH11092)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For distance learning students only.

Students should be familiar with programming in a modern object-oriented language, ideally Python which is the course language.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain the scope, goals and limits of machine learning, and the main sub-areas of the field.
  2. Describe the various techniques covered in the syllabus and where they fit within the structure of the discipline.
  3. Students should be able to critically compare, contrast and evaluate the different ML techniques in terms of their applicability to different Machine Learning problems.
  4. Given a data set and problem students should be able to use appropriate software to apply these techniques to the data set to solve the problem.
  5. Given appropriate data students should be able to use a systematic approach to conducting experimental investigations and assessing scientific hypotheses.
Reading List
The course textbook is Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques (Third Edition, 2011) by Ian H. Witten and Eibe Frank.

Other good books:
- Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning by C. Bishop
- Elements of Statistical Learning by Hastie, Tibshirani and Friedman
- Bayesian Reasoning and Machine Learning by D. Barber
- Machine Learning by T. Mitchell
- Reinforcement Learning by R. Sutton and A. Barto
- A Few Useful Things to Know about Machine Learning by P. Domingos
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KeywordsData analytics,Machine learning,data mining
Course organiserDr Nigel Goddard
Tel: (0131 6)51 3091
Course secretaryMrs Victoria Swann
Tel: (0131 6)51 7607
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