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Machine Learning
CSE512 - Spring 2015



  • 4/14: HW4 is out -- due Apr 30th.
  • 3/24: Note the change (!) of lecture room. We will meet in CS 2129 for the rest of semester.
  • 3/24: HW3 is out -- due Apr 14th.
  • 3/2: Final Exam schedule: May 19 (11:15-13:45) (see link)
  • 2/26: HW2 is out -- due Mar 24th.
  • 2/10: HW1 is out -- due Feb 26th (submit hard copy in class).
  • 1/31: Vivek's office hour changed as Thur 3:00PM - 4:00PM.
  • 1/16: The class is full capacity, therefore auditing/sitting in is not allowed.
  • 1/16: There is a required textbook for this course. See below.
  • 1/16: TA information is up to date. Please contact Vivek for questions on lectures/HWs.
  • 1/16: Course lectures will be posted on the Blackboard.
  • 1/1: Welcome to the class! Hope you will enjoy it :)


Instructor: Leman Akoglu
  • Office: 1425 Computer Science
  • Office hours: Tue 2:30PM - 3:30PM
  • Email: invert ( @ leman)

Teaching Assistant: Vivek Kulkarni
  • Office hours: Thur 3:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Location: CS 2110 (TA advising room)
  • Email: invert ( @ vvkulkarni)


Time: Tue & Thu 5:30PM - 6:50PM
Place: EARTH & SPACE SCIENCES 131 COMPUTER SCIENCE 2129 (Advanced Programming Lab)


We are drowning in information and starving for knowledge. John Naisbitt

Machine Learning is centered around automated methods that improve their own performance through learning patterns in data, and then use the uncovered patterns to predict the future and make decisions. Examples include document/image/handwriting classification, spam filtering, face/speech recognition, medical decision making, robot navigation, to name a few. See this for an extended introduction.

This course covers the theory and practical algorithms for machine learning from a variety of perspectives. The topics include Bayesian networks, decision tree learning, Support Vector Machines, statistical learning methods and unsupervised learning, as well as theoretical concepts such as the PAC learning framework, margin-based learning, and VC dimension. Short programming assignments include hands-on experiments with various learning algorithms, and a larger course project gives students a chance to dig into an area of their choice. See the syllabus for more.

This course is designed to give a graduate-level student a thorough grounding in the methodologies, technologies, mathematics and algorithms currently needed by people who do research in machine learning.


The official textbook for the course is listed below. I will post all the lecture notes on Blackboard.
Readings are posted here. Below you can also find a list of other recommended reading.

BULLETIN BOARD and other info


Fake (ML) protest    

Last modified by Leman Akoglu, 2015