Machine Learning: 20182019
Lecturer 

Degrees 
Schedule S1(CS&P) — Computer Science and Philosophy Schedule S1 — Computer Science 
Term 
Michaelmas Term 2018 (20 lectures) 
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Overview
Machine learning techniques enable us to automatically extract features from data so as to solve predictive tasks, such
as speech recognition, object recognition, machine translation, questionanswering, anomaly detection, medical diagnosis and
prognosis, automatic algorithm configuration, personalisation, robot control, time series forecasting, and much more. Learning
systems adapt so that they can solve new tasks, related to previously encountered tasks, more efficiently.
This
course will introduce the field of machine learning, in particular focusing on the core concepts of supervised and unsupervised
learning. In supervised learning we will discuss algorithms which are trained on input data labelled with a desired output,
for instance an image of a face and the name of the person whose face it is, and learn a function mapping from the input to
the output. Unsupervised learning aims to discover latent structure in an input signal where no output labels are available,
an example of which is grouping webpages based on the topics they discuss. Students will learn the algorithms which underpin
many popular machine learning techniques, as well as developing an understanding of the theoretical relationships between
these algorithms. The practicals will concern the application of machine learning to a range of realworld problems.
Prerequisites
Machine learning is a mathematical discipline and it is helpful to have a good background in linear algebra, calculus, probability and algorithms. If you have not taken the following courses (or their equivalents) you should talk to the lecturers prior to registering for the class.
 Continuous Mathematics
 Linear Algebra
 Probability
 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
Syllabus

Reading list
 C. M. Bishop. Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning. Springer 2006.
 Kevin P. Murphy. Machine Learning: A Probabilistic Perspective. MIT Press 2012.
 Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio and Aaron Courville. Deep Learning. MIT Press 2016.