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Courses » Introduction to Machine Learning

Introduction to Machine Learning

ABOUT THE COURSE
With the increased availability of data from varied sources there has been increasing attention paid to the various data driven disciplines such as analytics and machine learning. In this course we intend to introduce some of the basic concepts of machine learning from a mathematically well motivated perspective. We will cover the different learning paradigms and some of the more popular algorithms and architectures used in each of these paradigms.

INTENDED AUDIENCE
This is an elective course. Intended for senior UG/PG students. BE/ME/MS/PhD

PRE-REQUISITES
We will assume that the students know programming for some of the assignments.If the students have done introdcutory courses on probability theory and linear algebra it would be helpful. We will review some of the basic topics in the first two weeks as well.

INDUSTRIES THAT WILL VALUE THIS
Any company in the data analytics/data science/big data domain would value this course.

COURSE INSTRUCTOR



Prof. Ravindran is currently an associate professor in Computer Science at IIT Madras. He has nearly two decades of research experience in machine learning and specifically reinforcement learning. Currently his research interests are centered on learning from and through interactions and span the areas of data mining, social network analysis, and reinforcement learning.
COURSE LAYOUT

Week 1: Introductory Topics
Week 2: Linear Regression and Feature Selection
Week 3: Linear Classification
Week 4: Support Vector Machines and Artificial Neural Networks
Week 5: Bayesian Learning and Decision Trees
Week 6: Evaluation Measures
Week 7: Hypothesis Testing
Week 8: Ensemble Methods
Week 9: Clustering
Week 10: Graphical Models
Week 11: Learning Theory and Expectation Maximization
Week 12: Introduction to Reinforcement Learning


Certification Exam

The exam is optional. Exams will be on 24 April 2016 and 30 April 2016.
Time: 2pm-5pm

Tentative list of exam cities: http://nptel.ac.in/noc/pdf/Exam%20City-list.pdf

Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.

The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee of approximately Rs 1000 needs to be paid.

Certificate

Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam.

It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.


SUGGESTED READING

1. T. Hastie, R. Tibshirani, J. Friedman. The Elements of Statistical Learning, 2e, 2008.
2. Christopher Bishop. Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning. 2e.