Statistical (Machine) Learning
Semester Taught - Fall
This course focuses on methodology and application of tools of statistical (machine) learning. In contrast with courses with similar names offered by Computer Science (CS) and Industrial Engineering (IE), it emphasizes statistical approaches to machine learning. The course prioritizes application and the intuition behind statistical methods rather than formal derivations and justification of the procedures. R will be the statistical computing environment of choice.
The course is designed to complement existing offerings in CS, IE and Statistics. The target audience is students in engineering, applied statistics/biostatistics and quantitatively minded grads in CALS/CLAS.
A recent first graduate statistical methods class (such as ALS5932 or STA6166); experience reading and writing simple computer programs in a scripting language (ideally, in R); basic undergraduate quantitative training (calculus and basic matrix/linear algebra). Stats/biostats grad students with stronger math and stats background are welcome. To keep things interesting, more advanced problem sets and project options will be offered.
- Learn the principles behind predictive modeling and model validation
- Learn and be able to use R to apply different classes of stat learning methods
- Learn to use R as a statistical computing environment – for statistical inference, prediction, scientific computing and data visualization
Office: Room 239 Rogers Hall
Class Materials Required
Lecture notes and readings will be posted on course page. Course text (James et al) is available free of charge online from the authors at http://www-bcf.usc.edu/~gareth/ISL/getbook.html
R and R Studio environments are available free of charge.
We shall cover most topics in the course text (please check out the table of contents).
Tentative list of topics
- Scope of Statistical Learning
- Linear Regression (review, matrix manipulations, relation to predictive modeling)
- Resampling Methods
- Linear Model Selection and Regularization
- Moving Beyond Linearity
- Tree-Based Methods
- Support Vector Machines
- Unsupervised Learning
Attendance and participation in class is expected. Makeup tests are discouraged.
|Final Course Project||40%|
|(you can use software other than R for that, if necessary)|
|(problem sets, mini projects; assignments potentially graded through quizzes, TBA in advance)|
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