CS150 -- Topics in Computer Science:
Machine Learning
Spring, 2008

(last updated 1/4/2008)

Updates:




Professor:
 
Wayne Iba,
iba@westmont.edu,
office: new Math and Computer Science Building,
phone: 565-6799
Office hours: see my main page
Textbooks: 
Mitchell, Tom. (1997).  Machine Learning.  McGraw Hill.  ISBN 0071154671 (international paperback) or 0070428077 (hardback).  [required]

Time and place: MWF, 8:00-9:05am; Bauder Hall 101

Official Syllabus 

Tentative class schedule 

Overview
One reason I am intrigued by artificial intelligence is the necessity to think about the nature of thinking. About the only thing that is cooler than that is learning how learning takes place.  When we focus on computational mechanisms that model and exhibit learning, we call that machine learning. This topics course will survey the range of methods that allow us to write programs that improve their performance as a result of experience (i.e., learn).

The course will be organized as a seminar with some small project components. Students will give multiple presentations on material from the text or other assigned readings. They will also implement some of the techniques we will be studying and demonstrate the systems' learning behavior in code walks and demonstrations using real-world data sets.