Readings are primarily from the course textbook Machine Learning: a Probabilistic Perspective by Kevin Murphy. Readings from the textbook will be prefixed by "M". For example, M1 means Murphy chapter 1. Unless otherwise notes, skip sections that have a * in the title. These are optional.

For those who prefer Chris Bishop's Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, I will list the corresponding readings from this textbook. These readings will be prefixed by "B". Optional readings will be written in italics.

Recitation sections are led by the TAs and are optional.




Supervised Learning: Classifiers

M 1/29

Machine Learning: Overview

Introduces key concepts

If you need to review relevant math, do it now.

W 1/31

Machine Learning: Overview (continued)

Introduces key concepts

M 2/5

Linear Regression

M7, excluding M7.4 and M7.6
Those without a probability background should read M2.1-2.4.1
Other probability background readings: B2, B Appendix B, Andrew Moore Tutorial, Tom Minka's nuances of probability

W 2/7

Linear Regression (continued)

F 2/9

Recitation: Probability

Events, random variables, probabilities, pdf, pmf, cdf, mean, mode, median, variance, multivariate distributions, marginals, conditionals, Bayes theorem, independence

M 2/12

Logistic Regression

Introduces classification methods

M8 (stop at M8.3.7), M13.3

W 2/14


Online learning algorithms


F 2/16

Recitation: Math Review

Linear algebra, calculus, optimization

cs229's linear-algebra notes
Bishop's appendix on Lagrange Multipliers

M 2/19

Support Vector Machines

Max-margin classification and optimization

Andrew Ng's notes on SVMs

W 2/21

Kernel Methods

Dual optimization, kernel trick

M14.1, M14.2
B6.1, B6.2

F 2/23

Recitation: Recap + TBD

M 2/26

Decision Trees

Construction, pruning, over-fitting

M2.8, M16.2
Tom Mitchell's notes on decision trees

W 2/28


Ensemble methods

M16.4, M16.6
A Short Introduction to Boosting
B14.1, B14.2, B14.3

F 3/2

Recitation: PyTorch Intro

M 3/5

Deep Learning 1

M16.5, M27.7, M28
B5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5

W 3/7

Deep Learning 2

F 3/9

Recitation: Midterm Review

M 3/12

Deep Learning 3

W 3/14


F 3/16

No Recitation

Unsupervised Learning: Core Methods

M 3/26



M25.1, M11 (stop at M11.4)

W 3/28

Expectation Maximization 1

M11.4 (stop at M11.4.8)
Andrew Ng's notes on EM

F 3/30

Recitation: Review Midterm Answers

M 4/2

Expectation Maximization 2

W 4/4

Dimensionality reduction


B12.1, B12.2, B12.3

F 4/6

Recitation: Deep Learning Examples

M 4/9

Graphical Models 1

Bayesian networks and conditional independence

B8.1, B8.2

W 4/11

Graphical Models 2

MRFs and exact inference

M19.1 (stop at M19.4), M19.5
B8.3, B8.4

F 4/13

Recitation: TBD

M 4/16

Graphical Models 3


M20 (stop at M20.3)

W 4/18

Graphical Models 4

Max Sum and Max Product

F 4/20

Recitation: Graphical Models

M 4/23

Structured Prediction 1

Margin based methods, HMMs, CRFs

M17 (stop at M17.6), M19.6, M19.7
Sutton, McCallum CRF tutorial
B13.1, 13.2

W 4/25

Structured Prediction 2

Recurrent Neural Networks

F 4/27

Recitation: TBD

M 4/30

Practical Machine Learning

W 5/2

Final Review

F 5/4

Recitation: TBD

M 5/14

Final Exam

9 am - 12 pm