CS 775 – Fall 2016

Advanced  Pattern Recognition  – CRN: 78526 – CS 775 - 001

Instructor:  Prof. Harry Wechsler wechsler@gmu.edu

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Course Description Bayes, Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) and Deep Learning, Self-Organization & Vector Quantization (VQ), Count and Predict (Bag of Words and word2vec), Latent Dirichlet Analysis (LDA), and Conformal Prediction (including semi-supervised learning and transduction) with applications to biometrics, contents-based image retrieval (CBIR), document classification, and natural language processing.

Time, Day, and Venue: T – Tuesday, 7:20 – 10:00 pm

 – Art and Design Building 2026

Office Hours:  T 6:15 – 7:00 pm by appointment:  ENGR 4448


First day of classes: Tuesday, August 30

No classes on Tuesday, October 11 (Columbus Day recess)

Last Day of Classes: Tuesday, December 6


Final Exam: Tuesday, December 13, 7:30 – 10:15 pm

Required Textbook: Kevin Murphy, Machine Learning: A Probabilistic Perspective, MIT Press, 2012.

Reference Textbooks: (1) Cherkassky and Mulier, Learning from Data (2nd. ed.), Wiley, 2007 (on reserve and also available on line through GMU IEEE Xplore); (2) Balasubramanian, Ho, and Vovk, Conformal Prediction for reliable machine learning, Morgan Kauffman, 2014 (on reserved and also available on line http://mutex.gmu.edu/login?URL=http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com/9780123985378); (3) Lecture Notes on Pattern Recognition http://psi.cse.tamu.edu/teaching/lecture_notes/


Grading Composition (100 points)

·         Team Term Project 1 October 4 – 25%

·         Team Term Project 2 November 8 – 25%

·         Team Term Project 3 ­December 6 30 %

·         Midterm  ­October 18  ­10%

·         (Cumulative) Final December 13 10 %

Grading Scale


Honor Code

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