Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Pattern Recognition Design and Evaluation

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Communications and Computer Engineering

DESCRIPTION The study-unit makes use of ready available libraries, such as Sci-kit Learn ( to cover the complete process of engineering prediction functions including data collection, feature engineering and model evaluation.

The study-unit provided basic and in-depth knowledge in concepts such as training, validation and test sets, skewed data sets, overfitting, underfitting, smoothing, training and test error rates, ensemble methods, model selection and assessment, dimensionality reduction, feature selection, cross-validation, bootstrap methods, loss-function, precision and recall curves and confusion matrix.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to expose students to a library of machine learning models that can be applied to solve real-life problems. Moreover, the study-unit introduces techniques on how to engineer a pattern recognition system.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Identify and discuss concepts in machine learning such as feature engineering, model training and evaluation;
- Describe simple Machine Learning algorithms such as linear regression, logistic regression, Naïve Bayes classifiers, decision trees, clustering and anomaly detection.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Design a machine learning solution targeted for a particular problem;
- Evaluate the performance of such machine learning solutions.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- The Elements of Statistical Learning. T. Hastie, R. Tibshirani and J. H. Friedman.
- ROC Graphs: Notes and Practical Considerations for Researchers. T. Fawcett.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: First Cycle Degree

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 40%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Adrian F. Muscat
Gianluca Valentino

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