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Courses in winter term 2012/13 /Lecture Machine Learning

Although many tedious tasks can be automated by modelling the behavior of a (computer) system manually, many problems require that a system can adapt its reponses based on feedback on former actions, i.e., learn how to act in a better way in the future. Other tasks are just too large-scale for humans to overview, so help from computers is needed.

Machine Learning (also known as Data Mining, Pattern Recognition, Data Analysis, and Classification) is a research area at the intersection of computer science, artificial intelligence, mathematics and statistics, that addresses these problems. It covers general methods and techniques that then can be applied to a vast set of applications such as predicting customer behavior, steering a robot, detect spam, and predict the folding of a protein, to name just a few.

In this lecture, we will study the most basic learning problems, starting with regression and classification problems (supervised learning). Here, we will look at different models such as linear classifiers, decision trees, neural networks, support vector machines, and simple types of Bayesian networks. Later on we also will look into clustering and dimensionality reduction (unsupervised learning).


  1. Richard O. Duda, Peter E. Hart, David G. Stork (2001): Pattern Classification, 2nd edition.
  2. Christopher M. Bishop (2006): Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning.
  3. Trevor Hastie, Robert Tibshirani, Jerome Friedman (2001): The Elements of Statistical Learning.
  4. Brian D. Ripley (1996): Pattern Recognition and Neural Networks.
  5. Tom Mitchell (1997): Machine Learning.
  6. Ian Witten, Eibe Frank (2005): Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques, Second Edition.

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Dr. Lars Schmidt-Thieme
Tutorial: Umer Khan

Time:Tue, 10:00-12:00
Wed 10:00-12:00
Location:B26 Spl.
Start:23 Okt 2012
Assignment:WI/IMIT KI+ML MSc
Time: Thu, 16:00-18:00
Location: B26, Spl
Start: 25.10.2012
Time: Tue, 26.02.2013, 10:00-12:00
Location: B26, Spl
Last Lecture: here
Modul- Handbuch:MHB