CS/CNS/EE 156a: Learning Systems (Fall 2014)

Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:00 PM (video) and 3:00-4:00 PM (discussion) in 070 Moore

Announcements

[Sep 29]

Organizational Meeting in 070 Moore 5-6 PM on Monday, Sep 29. All class policies are given in the OM.

[Sep 29]

Please register at edX so you can use the discussion forum there to ask questions.


Lectures and Slides

The lecture videos are available on YouTube and also on edX (don't look at homework, final exam, or solutions on edX or on any site other than this CS156 web page).

The lecture slides are available on this site and also on edX.


Textbook

The recommended textbook (not required) covers 14 out of the 18 lectures. The rest is covered by e-Chapters (instructions for access are emailed to the class).


People

You can ask the instructor and TA's any questions during their office hours (scheduled just before each homework is due). Please post all online questions about the technical material at the edX forum (can be done anonymously) and we will answer you there. The contact email addresses of the instructor and the TA's below are for administrative purposes only (like discussing a grading issue).

e-mail Office Hours
Instructor Yaser Abu-Mostafa yaser(at)caltech... Fridays 2:30-4:00 PM (150 Moore)
TA Viktor Kasatkin vikasatkin(at)gmail... --
TA Sinan Zhao szhao(at)caltech... Sunday 4:00-6:00 PM (139 Moore, direct access from north) except HW 4
TA Kevin Linghu daiqilinghu(at)gmail... --
TA Qianhaozhe (Carl) You qyou(at)caltech... --
TA Bryan He bryanhe(at)caltech... Sunday 4:00-6:00 PM (139 Moore, direct access from north) for HW 4
TA Jade Yang jadeyang2000(at)gmail... --
TA Masoud Farivar mfarivar(at)gmail... --
Secretary Lucinda Acosta lucinda(at)caltech... --

Handouts

The handouts are accessible at any time. The dates indicate the first time when the handout will be needed.

[Sep 29] Course Description and Policies handout (hard copy handed out during the OM)
[Oct 30] Neural Networks handout (pdf). Covered in more detail by e-Chapter 7.
[Nov 13] SVM and kernel methods handout (pdf). Covered in more detail by e-Chapter 8.
[Nov 20] RBF draft handout (pdf). Covered in more polished form in part of e-Chapter 6.

Homework and Final Exam

This is your only source for the homework, final exam, and solutions for this course. Do not access the homework, final exam, or solutions from any other source. Please follow the schedule below, and do not look at the solution key until you have turned in the corresponding homework or exam. The homework sets will be accessible at 2:00 PM the day they are handed out, and will be due at 2:00 PM a week later. The solution key will be accessible 30 minutes after the homework is due.

[9/29] Homework #1 (pdf file) Due: Monday, 10/6/14 at 2:00 PM in Yaser's office or mail box in Moore. Grading TA: Carl.
Don't look at the solution key until you have turned in the homework.

[10/6] Homework #2 (pdf file) Due: Monday, 10/13/14 at 2:00 PM in Yaser's office or mail box in Moore. Grading TA: Carl.
Don't look at the solution key until you have turned in the homework.

[10/13] Homework #3 (pdf file) Due: Monday, 10/20/14 at 2:00 PM in Yaser's office or mail box in Moore. Grading TA: Jade.
Don't look at the solution key until you have turned in the homework.

[10/20] Homework #4 (pdf file) Due: Monday, 10/27/14 at 2:00 PM in Yaser's office or mail box in Moore. Grading TA: Bryan.
Don't look at the solution key until you have turned in the homework.

[10/27] Homework #5 (pdf file) Due: Monday, 11/3/14 at 2:00 PM in Yaser's office or mail box in Moore. Grading TA: Jade.
Don't look at the solution key until you have turned in the homework.

[11/3] Homework #6 (pdf file) Due: Monday, 11/10/14 at 2:00 PM in Yaser's office or mail box in Moore. Grading TA: Bryan.
Don't look at the solution key until you have turned in the homework.

[11/10] Homework #7 (pdf file) Due: Monday, 11/17/14 at 2:00 PM in Yaser's office or mail box in Moore. Grading TA: Jade.
Don't look at the solution key until you have turned in the homework.

[11/17] Homework #8 (pdf file) Due: Monday, 11/24/14 at 2:00 PM in Yaser's office or mail box in Moore. Grading TA: Bryan.
Don't look at the solution key until you have turned in the homework.

[11/24] Final Exam (pdf file) Due: Friday, 12/5/14 at 2:00 PM in Yaser's office or mail box in Moore. Grading TA: Carl.
Don't look at the solution key until you have turned in the final exam.


Updated: 11/11/2014