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Machine learning

  • Number of credits 7.5 Credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Spring Term 2018

About the course

The goal of this course is to provide theoretical and methodological knowledge in machine learning. The course will explain the basic grounding in concepts such as training and tests sets, over-fitting, regularization, kernels, and loss function etc. The focus of this course will be introducing a range of model based and algorithmic machine learning methods including regression, decision trees, naive Bayes, neural network, clustering, and reinforcement learning. Some other topics will also be covered including deep learning, topic modelling (latent dirichlet allocation), and optimization (gradient descending). To understand how machine learning algorithm is designed and evaluated, the course will cover the complete process of data collection, feature creation, algorithms, and evaluation in real applications (e.g., text classification, search engine, and recommendation system). Hands-on assignments are mandatory in this course, where some machine learning tools will be roughly introduced. The expected learning outcomes include gaining theoretical knowledge about machine learning and the practical experience designing/implementing machine learning algorithms.
Nowadays, you may find a significant amount of machine learning contents especially online (e.g., toolkit, online courses, books, papers etc.), this course will mainly give an overview of machine learning on fundamental knowledge (i.e., concepts, techniques, and algorithmic models) and how some of these algorithms have been applied in the practical applications (e.g., text mining, information retrieval, semantic Web)

Application and eligibility

Machine learning, 7.5 hp

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Lectures begin on week starting 15 January 2018


Lectures end during the week of 19 March 2018

Study location



English (upon request)

Type of studies

Daytime, 50%

Required Knowledge

Univ: To be admitted you must have (or equivalent) 90 ECTS-credits including 60 ECTS-credits in Computing Science or two years of completed studies within a study programme (120 ECTS-credits). In both cases, including at least 7.5 ECTS-credits in artificial intelligence (e.g. 5DV121) and at least 7.5 ECTS-credits in mathematical statistics, (e.g. 5MS045).

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper Secondary course English A/5. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.


Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



Application deadline was 16 October 2017. Please note: This second application round is intended only for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens. Submit a late application at

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

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Contact us

Contactperson for the course is: Student Office at CS

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