9.520 Statistical Learning Theory and Applications

Spring 2006

Design of a system that will function the same way as a human visual system.
Designing and building a system that will function the same way as a human visual system, but without getting bored, and with a greater degree of accuracy. (Image courtesy of Poggio Laboratory, MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.)

Course Highlights

This course features extensive lecture notes. The assignments focus on some of the functions needed to make problem-solving more efficient for computer systems.

Course Description

This course is for upper-level graduate students who are planning careers in computational neuroscience. This course focuses on the problem of supervised learning from the perspective of modern statistical learning theory starting with the theory of multivariate function approximation from sparse data. It develops basic tools such as Regularization including Support Vector Machines for regression and classification. It derives generalization bounds using both stability and VC theory. It also discusses topics such as boosting and feature selection and examines applications in several areas: Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, Text Classification, and Bioinformatics. The final projects, hands-on applications, and exercises are designed to illustrate the rapidly increasing practical uses of the techniques described throughout the course.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .ps

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Tomaso Poggio

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session