2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
MATH5743M Statistical Learning
15 creditsClass Size: 60
Module manager: Dr Richard Mann
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsMATH5741M, or equivalent.
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryStatistical learning is at the core of the modern world. Online advertising, automated vehicles, stock market trading, transport planning: each uses statistical models to learn from past data and make decisions about the future. Statistical learning is a way to rigorously identify patterns in data and to make quantitative predictions. It is how we translate data into knowledge. In this module the fundamental concepts of statistical learning are introduced and the student will learn to use several key statistical models widely employed in science and industry.
ObjectivesTo introduce basic techniques from statistical machine learning for classification and regression.
On completion of the module a student should:
(a) Be able to explain the classification and regression problem;
(b) Be able to assess the error of a fitted model and explain the fitting algorithm;
(c) Understand the statistical foundations of different classification and regression methods;
(d) Understand the importance of uncertainty and evaluate the uncertainty in simple model predictions;
(e) Be able to perform classification and regression tasks using existing software packages;
(f) Be able to carry out and justify a simple statistical model analysis of real world data.
- Introduction to classification and regression
- Statistical decision theory, loss functions
- Optimisation, gradient descent, local & global optima
- Linear regression
- Logistic regression
- Tree models
- Ensemble methods: e.g. Boosting, Random forests
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||22.00|
|Private study hours||95.00|
|Total Contact hours||33.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyThe student will be expected to complete regular written worksheet assignments testing their understanding of theoretical course elements.
The student will learn to perform linear and logistic regression using the software package R. The student will also learn to fit tree models using the software package R. Part of the assessment for the module consists of a practical, where the student will apply these techniques to a real-world data set.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackMonitoring by regular worksheets and achievement in supervised practical sessions.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Practical||3 assessed practical worksheets||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||50.00|
There is no resit available for the coursework components of this module. If the module is failed, the coursework mark will be carried forward and added to the resit exam mark with the same weighting as listed above.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Unseen exam||2 hr 00 mins||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||50.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 07/12/2018
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