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Postgraduate Course: Applied Machine Learning (INFR11211)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
Summary***This course replaces Introductory Applied Machine Learning (INFR11182)***

Machine learning is the study of computer algorithms that learn and adapt from data, as opposed to being programmed to explicitly follow instructions. This course will discuss two main branches of machine learning: (1) Supervised Learning, which is concerned with learning to predict an output, given inputs, and (2) Unsupervised Learning, by which we wish to discover the structure embodied in data, without having access to additional information about the data, e.g. labels.

This course will equip the students with knowledge and a set of practical tools that can be applied to solve real-world machine learning problems. This achievement of this aim is underpinned by a principled approach to understanding the problem space and formulating a solution.
Course description Delivery:
The course will be delivered through a combination of: (1) pre-recorded videos lectures, (2) live question/answer and example sessions, (3) practical labs, (4) tutorials, and (5) an online discussion forum.

Content:
The exact set of methods and algorithms explored in the course will vary slightly from year to year, but will include many of the following topics:
- Introduction to machine learning
The learning problem, supervised vs unsupervised learning
- Representing data
Categorical vs real valued attributes, feature extraction, basis expansion
- Classification
Naive Bayes, logistic regression, nearest neighbours, decision trees, neural networks
- Regression
Linear regression
- Ethics of machine learning
Fairness, biases in data, responsible application of machine learning methods
- Fitting models to data
Optimization, generalization
- Unsupervised learning
Dimensionality reduction, PCA, clustering
- Evaluating machine learning models
Accuracy, precision and recall, ROC curves
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition (INFR11130) OR Introductory Applied Machine Learning (INFD11005) OR Machine Learning (INFR10086) OR Introductory Applied Machine Learning (INFR11182)
Other requirements Maths requirements:
Linear algebra: Vectors: scalar (dot) product, transpose, unit vectors, vector length and orthogonality. Matrices: addition, matrix multiplication, matrix inversion, eigenvectors and determinants.
Special functions: properties and combination rules for logarithm and exponential.
Calculus: Rules for differentiation of standard functions.
Geometry: Basics of lines, planes and hyperplanes. Coordinate geometry of circle, sphere, ellipse, and n-dimensional generalizations.
Probability theory: Discrete and continuous univariate random variables. Expectation and variance. Univariate and multivariate Gaussian distributions. Joint and conditional distributions.

Programming requirements:
Students should be familiar with programming in a modern object-oriented language, ideally Python which is the course language.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only available to visiting students taking the majority of their credits in the school of Informatics who are either on a general or subject-specific exchange.

Maths requirements:
Linear algebra: Vectors: scalar (dot) product, transpose, unit vectors, vector length and orthogonality. Matrices: addition, matrix multiplication, matrix inversion, eigenvectors and determinants.
Special functions: properties and combination rules for logarithm and exponential.
Calculus: Rules for differentiation of standard functions.
Geometry: Basics of lines, planes and hyperplanes. Coordinate geometry of circle, sphere, ellipse, and n-dimensional generalizations.
Probability theory: Discrete and continuous univariate random variables. Expectation and variance. Univariate and multivariate Gaussian distributions. Joint and conditional distributions.

Programming requirements:
Students should be familiar with programming in a modern object-oriented language, ideally Python which is the course language.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written exam 60%
Coursework 40%
Feedback Some of the live class sessions will be devoted to discussing practical examples (including some exam-like questions), and providing feedback on student answers at the course level. Feedback at the course level will also be provided for the assessed and non-assessed courseworks. Piazza will be utilized for peer-feedback.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Applied Machine Learning2:00
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 and critically compare the various techniques covered in the syllabus, and explain where they fit within the structure of the discipline
  3. apply the taught techniques to data sets to solve machine learning problems, using appropriate software
  4. analyse machine learning techniques in terms of their limitations and applicability to different machine learning problems and potential ethical concerns
  5. compare and evaluate the performance of applicable machine learning techniques in a systematic way
Reading List
Books that may be useful, but are not required:

"Probabilistic Machine Learning: An Introduction", Kevin Patrick Murphy "Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning", Christopher Bishop
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The student will be able to do the following:
- Apply critical and analytical thinking to real-world data problems
- Develop their problem-solving skills so they can better create, identify, and evaluate options in order to solve complex problems
- Develop the technical skills required to manipulate data and apply computational tools in order to make predictions from data
- Recognise and understand the ethical questions related to the application of machine learning algorithms
KeywordsMachine Learning,Supervised Learning,Unsupervised Learning,Data Science,AML
Contacts
Course organiserDr Oisin Mac Aodha
Tel: (0131 6)51 3292
Email: oisin.macaodha@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Lindsay Seal
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
Email: lindsay.seal@ed.ac.uk
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