Spring 2014

Instructor

Office hours: Tuesday 9:00-11:00am or by appointment, or drop by and see if I'm available (Frank Hall 2163)

Staff

TA office hours: Wednesdays 3:00-5:00pm (Phelps 3526)

Meeting Times and Location

Lecture: Mon/Wed 9:30-10:45am in Phelps 3515

Discussion session: Wed 5:00-5:50pm in Phelps 3526

Communication

GauchoSpace site: https://gauchospace.ucsb.edu/courses/course/view.php?id=3051

Announcements

• Grades are posted, and the quarter is over! Thanks for a great class, and I hope you all have a nice summer.
• The pages of information the will be provided with the final exam are posted here.
• Homework assignment 4 is now posted (Thursday night).
• Homework assignment 3, comprising all programming problems, is now posted on the Assignments page. Data sets will be provided soon. Note that the due date has been changed from what was previously announced - it has been pushed back to Monday, May 26. (Which is a holiday, so plan accordingly.)
• Note the new grade calculation mentioned in class on May 7: the component of your final grade from the midterm and final exam will be either (20% midterm + 30% final) or (10% midterm + 40% final), whichever is better for you.
• The due date for HW#3 has been moved to Thursday, May 22nd.
• A practice midterm exam is now available - two versions, one with answers and one without answers (try this one first!).
• Note that the schedule has been updated slightly (as of April 21). We'll start on Chapter 7 on Monday. (Also note that we're omitting Chapter 6, as originally planned.)
• Important information for problem 6 of HW#1 (about the computation of true positive rates, false positive rates, etc.) has been added on the Assignments page.
• Homework assignment #1 is now posted, due on Friday, April 18.
• The slides for 4/2 and 4/7 had a typo in the Minkowski distance (slides 33 and 6, respectively). They have now been updated on the web site (as of Friday night).
• Remember, this Wednesday's discussion session (April 9) will be in the old classroom, Phelps 2524. From then on we'll be using the rooms listed above.
• It's now official - we're moving to Phelps 3515 for the lectures and Phelps 3526 for the discussion sessions, beginning on Monday, April 7th.
• The IBM Watson talk on Monday has been moved to ESB 1001 (to accommodate lots of 165B students attending!).
Getting Answers: The Technology Behind Watson, by Dr. Ioana Roxana Stanoi (IBM). 3:30-4:30pm, Monday, April 7, in ESB 1001.
• The GauchoSpace page for the course should now be accessible. If you're not yet enrolled, don't worry about GauchoSpace for now - we won't need it for a while.
• After the first class session, please get started by reviewing the course web site (including the syllabus and schedule) and getting the textbook and starting your required reading (see the schedule page).
• The prologue of the textbook, which is required reading for the first class, can be read at Amazon.com if you don't have the book yet. (Click on the image of the book that says "Look inside.")
• The waiting list for the course has just been created. If you wish to be on it, add yourself at https://waitlist.ucsb.edu/.
• The course is full and there is a waiting list. My advice for students not enrolled who want to take the course is to come to class during the first week; hopefully by the second week we'll know how many spots will open up. Note: All students must do the assigned work from the start - there will not be makeups for students who add the course later.
• Required textbook: Machine Learning, by Peter Flach
• This should be available at the bookstore.
• A machine learning challenge to the UCSB community from the Department of Energy: Win \$2000 for your idea of a new way to detect nuclear proliferation. (An idea, not an implementation.) See here for details.