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Summer 2018: Numerical Methods for Data Science
Lecture time: Tue 8:00-9:40, Wed 2:00-3:40, Thu 8:00-9:40, Fri 8:00-9:40
Lecture place: Lower Hall 212
Prof: David Bindel
E-mail: bindel@cs.cornell.edu
Office hours: 515 Zhiyuan College, 10:30-12:00, Tues-Thurs
TAs: Yurong You and Xinran Zhu

Course description

This is a survey course on numerical methods prominent in modern data analysis and machine learning. Building on basic methods of optimization and numerical linear algebra, the course will explore the role of numerical methods for treating several classes of data analysis problems, including low rank factorizations and completion of matrix data; function approximation by kernel methods; and analysis of data on graphs. The course is organized around four one-week units:

  • Optimization basics
  • Matrix data and latent factor models
  • Kernel interpolation and Gaussian processes
  • Numerical methods for graph data analysis

Students should know basic programming and should have prior courses on linear algebra and multivariable calculus. Familiarity with numerical methods or machine learning will be useful, but not required.

Course materials

There is no textbook, but course notes will be posted on the web site prior to each lecture.

Course work

The course will be graded on the basis of homeworks of one to two problems that are posted each lecture and are due one week later. Students should also read the course notes before each lecture.