Info
Logo Bocconi

Course 2019-2020 a.y.

30412 - MACHINE LEARNING

BEMACS
Department of Decision Sciences

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 25

BEMACS (6 credits - II sem. - OB  |  INF/01)
Course Director:
RICCARDO ZECCHINA

Classes: 25 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 25: RICCARDO ZECCHINA


Suggested background knowledge

Being familiar with Python programming, elementary calculus and basic statistics help students understand most of the covered topics.


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

Scope of the course is to provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts and tools of modern machine learning techniques. These tools are at the root of data science and data analytics, which are among the main pillars of the education program.

CONTENT SUMMARY
  • Introduction to the theory of Machine Learning.
  • Review of probability tools.
  • Statistical inference and regression techniques.
  • Unsupervised methods: Principal Component Analysis, hierarchical clustering, k-means.
  • Supervised methods: K-nearest neighbours,  Support Vector Machines, Multi Layer Neural Networks.
  • Associative memories.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • State and use the basic results of statistical inference for data analysis.
  • Distinguish between supervised and unsupervised learning methods.
  • Describe the  basic conceptual ideas, strenghts and the limitations of the different learaning algorithms.

 

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Implement a complete data analysis pipeline, from unsupervised clustering of data to supervised classification using the Python scikit-learn library.
  • Demostrate the ability to cope with real-world data analysis and problem solving (managing, preprocessing and analyze real datasets).

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Individual assignments
  • Group assignments
  • Participation in external competitions
DETAILS
  • Individual assignemnts: each student is required to solve a machine learning problem and provide a written report and a code.
  • Groups assigment/external competition: students are divided in groups and participate to a data science challange organized with an external company/institutions on real data.

Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
  •     x
  • Individual assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  •     x
  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  •     x
    ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    The exam consists of a theory part and problem solving projects.

    • The theory part consists in exercises and questions to be answered on paper, and is used to asses the "knowledge and understanding" learning   objectives. This contributes to 50% of the final grade.
    • The project consists in a programming code to solve a concrete ML problem, to be developed individually and described through a written report, which is evaluated by the teachers. This contributes to 33% of the final grade.
    • A challenge between working groups are organized. This contributes to the remaining 17% of the final grade.

    The two projects are used to asses the "applying knowledge and understanding" learning   objectives. In order to pass the exam, students must achieve a passing grade  in both the theory part and the projects part.


    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS
    • D. MACKAY, Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms, Cambridge University Press, 2013 (but available for download as decided by the Author).
    • C.M. BISHOP, Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, Springer, 2006.
    • T. HASTIE, R. TIBSHIRANI, J. FRIEDMAN, The Elements of Statistical Learning, Springer, 2009. 
    • I. GOODFELLOW, Y. BENGIO, A. COURVILLE,  Deep Learning, MIT Press, 2016 (optional).
    • Handouts of each lecture and sample codes are provided.
    Last change 31/05/2019 08:41