Postgraduate Course: Introductory Applied Machine Learning (Distance Learning) (INFR11139)
Course Outline
School  School of Informatics 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) 
Course type  Online Distance Learning 
Availability  Not available to visiting students 
SCQF Credits  20 
ECTS Credits  10 
Summary  Organisations 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.
This distancebased course is aligned with the oncampus Agent Based Systems course (INFR10049), which uses a flipped classroom delivery approach. Distance students will cover the same materials, have the same coursework, engage in the same classroom activities (but using Collaborate) and take the same exam as the oncampus students. 
Course description 
This course is delivered using "flippedclassroom" methods, and will be looking for student feedback during the course how this is working for you. Intellectual content will be delivered via a combination of online short video segments (overall, per topic, approximately the same length as a traditional lecture). Some of the topics have online quizzes associated with them, intended for you to review your understanding. During some of the lecture slots, we will have other activities to review the topic material.
1) Introductory Lecture
2) Maths and Probability
3) Thinking About Data
4) Naive Bayes
5) Decision Trees
6) Generalisation and Evaluation
7) Linear Regression
8) Logistic regression
9) Optimisation and Regularisation
10) Support Vector Machines
11) Nearest Neighbours
12) KMeans
13) Gaussian Mixture Models
14) Principal Components Analysis
15) Hierarchical Clustering
16) Neural Networks
We will also use a modern machine learning programming environment.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Prerequisites 

Corequisites  
Prohibited Combinations  Students MUST NOT also be taking
Introductory Applied Machine Learning (INFR10069)

Other requirements  Practical Introduction to Data Science is recommended but not required.
Other Requirements:
Maths requirements:
1. Probability theory: Discrete and continuous univariate random variables. Expectation, variance. Univariate Gaussian distribution. Joint and conditional distributions.
2. Linear algebra: Vectors and matrices: definitions, addition, m atrix multiplication, matrix inversion. Eigenvectors, determinants quadratic forms.
3. Calculus: Functions of several variables. Partial differentiation. Multivariate maxima and minima.
4. Special functions: Log, exp
5. Geometry: Basics of lines, planes and hyperplanes. Coordinate geometry of circle, sphere, ellipse, ellipsoid and n  dimensional generalizatio ns.
6. Entropy: is useful, but will be covered in the lectures
Programming requirements:
Students should be familiar with programming in a modern objectoriented language, ideally Python which is the course language. 
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered 
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
 Explain the scope, goals and limits of machine learning, and the main subareas of the field.
 Describe the various techniques covered in the syllabus and where they fit within the structure of the discipline.
 Students should be able to critically compare, contrast and evaluate the different ML techniques in terms of their applicability to different Machine Learning problems.
 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.
 Given appropriate data students should be able to use a systematic approach to conducting experimental investigations and assessing scientific hypotheses.

Reading List
Books that may be useful, but are not required:
¿ 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 
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
Problem solving, Analytical thinking, Handling complexity and ambiguity, Independent learning and development. 
Keywords  Distance Learning,Informatics,Machine Learning 
Contacts
Course organiser  Dr Nigel Goddard
Tel: (0131 6)51 3091
Email: Nigel.Goddard@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Ms Katey Lee
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
Email: Katey.Lee@ed.ac.uk 

