Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Applied Machine Learning

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Artificial Intelligence

DESCRIPTION This study-unit focuses on advanced machine learning techniques and data analysis, with emphasis on the following topics:

- Extracting statistical information and structure from data;
- Forecasting and decisions;
- Visualisation;
- Probabilistic modelling;
- Introduction to tools such as Spark and R;
- Classification and clustering;
- Reinforcement Learning;
- Advanced neural networks;
- Practical optimization problems.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are to:

- instill a deeper understanding and appreciation of advanced techniques employed to analyse data, build predictive models, and build computer systems that perform intelligent decisions;
- investigate the techniques involved in distinguishing different machine learning techniques that are best suited to deal with real world problems;
- pursue further investigation in how to extract statistical data to build models, identify patterns, and visualise data.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- explain the principles of data collection and preparation;
- describe how to identify the correct machine learning techniques for an application;
- compare advanced machine learning concepts like decision trees, artificial neural networks, support vector machines, and Bayesian inference methods;
- report on construct systems that learn from, and are driven by data.

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

- prepare, examine, and visualise data for analysis;
- apply the methods learnt to real world examples;
- gain familiarity with tools such as R, Spark, and Hadoop.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Machine Learning: Hands-On for Developers and Technical Professionals, Jason Bell, ISBN 978-1-118-88906-0
- Machine Learning with R, Brett Lantz, ISBN 978-1782162148


STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture & Independent Online Learning

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM1 No 10%
Project SEM1 Yes 90%

LECTURER/S Joel Azzopardi
Claudia Borg
Mark Bugeja
Jean Paul Ebejer
Dylan Seychell (Co-ord.)
Ingrid Vella

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