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The following are last minute news you should be aware of ;-)

* 11/03/2020: The course starts today!
* 03/03/2020: The course is going to start soon ...

Course Aim & Organization

The objective of this course is to give an advanced presentation, i.e., a statistical perspective, of the techniques most used in artificial intelligence and machine learning for pattern recognition, knowledge discovery, and data analysis/modeling. The course will provide the basics of Regression, Classification, and Clustering with practical exercises using the Python language.


The course is composed by a blending of lectures and exercises by the course teacher and a teaching assistant.

Course Program

Techniques from machine and statistical learning are presented from a theoretical (i.e., based on statistics and information theory) and practical perspective through the descriptions of algorithms, the theory behind them, their implementation issues, and few examples from real applications. The course mostly follows the following book which is also available for download in pdf

Detailed course schedule

A detailed schedule of the course can be found here; topics are just indicative while days and teachers are correct up to some last minute change (I will notify you by email). Please note that not all days we have lectures!!

Note: Lecture timetable interpretation
* On Wednesday, in room ..., starts at 014:15 (cum tempore), ends at 17:15 or 18:15
* On Thursday, in room ..., starts at 08:15 (cum tempore), ends at 10:15
Date Day Time Room Teacher Topic
11/03/2020 Wednesday 14:30 - 17:30 Teams Virtual Class Matteo Matteucci Course Introduction (Ch. 1 ISL)
12/03/2020 Thursday 08:15 - 10:15 Teams Virtual Class Matteo Matteucci Statistical Decision Theory and Bias-Variance trade off. (Ch. 2 ISL)

Chapters are intended as complete except for

  • Ch.4 ESL: Section 4.5
  • Ch.12 ESL: Sections 12.1, 12.2, 12.3
  • Ch.9 ISL: Sections 9.1, 9.2, 9.3

Course Evaluation

The course evaluation is composed by two parts:

  • HW: Homework with exercises covering the whole program (up to 5 points)
  • WE: A written examination covering the whole program (up to 27 points)

the final score will be the sum of HW (not compulsory) and WE scores.