CptS 570 Machine Learning

Course Details


The purpose of this course is to expose the student to several machine learning paradigms and provide in-depth understanding of selected methods.


Readings will be taken primarily from Mitchell's textbook on "Machine Learning." Some readings will be taken from individual papers. The readings will be posted on the course website. Students are expected to have completed the required readings by the beginning of class for which they are assigned.


Students will be required to complete several homework assignments. Homeworks will provide hands-on experience with selected learning methods and will test the student's understanding of topics discussed in class. Coding will be required.


Students will be required to complete two in-class exams. Exams will test the student's understanding of the concepts discussed in class and performed on the homeworks.


Each student will make a class presentation on one or more technical papers in the area of machine learning to be approved by the instructor. The presentation must demonstrate an indepth understanding of the topic, including background material from the paper's references, and provide a critical review. Longer papers tend to be more self-contained; whereas, shorter papers will require more auxiliary material.


The class project serves to further the student's understanding of one or more methods through an experimental or theoretical analysis of the learning methods. Details on the class project will be distributed in class.


Students will submit one-page critiques on selected papers.

Class Participation

Students are expected to attend all classes and actively participate in discussions.

Academic Integrity

All work in this course is to be done individually, without assistance from others, except from the instructor and teaching assistant. No portion of your work may be copied from other sources, including the internet.

Students with Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and may need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please visit the Disability Resource Center (DRC). All accommodations MUST be approved through the DRC (Admin Annex Bldg, Room 205). Please stop by or call 509-335-3417 to make an appointment with a disability specialist.