The following schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Date |
Topic |
Readings |
Assignments & Project |

Aug 23 | Introduction & Course Overview |
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Aug 25 | Background & Basics (Probability) | PDM Chapter 4.1-4.3, Appendix | Assignment 1 out |

Aug 30 | Background & Basics (Linear algebra, sampling) | PDM Chapter 4.7 | |

Sep 1 | Background & Basics (Statistical inference, hypothesis testing) | PDM Chapter 4.4-4.6 | Assignment 1 due (Sunday Sep 5, 11:59pm) |

Sep 6 | No class (Labor Day) |
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Sep 8 | Elements of Data Mining Algorithm | Project guideline out | |

Sep 13 | Data Exploration and Visualization | PDM Chapter 3 | |

Sep 15 | Predictive Modeling Overview | PDM Chapter 6.1-6.3, 10.1-10.2 | |

Sep 20 | Predictive Modeling: Naive Bayes | PDM Chapter 10.8 | |

Sep 22 | Predictive Modeling: Decision trees | PDM Chapter 5.2, 10.5 | Project proposal due (Sunday Sep 26 11:59pm) |

Sep 27 | Predictive Modeling: Nearest neighbor | PDM Chapter 10.3, 10.6 | Assignment 2 out |

Sep 29 | Predictive Modeling: Logistic regression | PDM Chapter 10.7, 11.3 | |

Oct 4 | Predictive Modeling: SVM | Assignment 2 due (Tuesday Oct 5, 11:59pm) | |

Oct 6 | Predictive Modeling: Search & Optimization 1 | PDM Chapter 8.1-8.3 | Assignment 3 out |

Oct 11 | No class (October break) |
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Oct 13 | Predictive Modeling: Search & Optimization 2 | ||

Oct 18 | Predictive Modeling: Neural network | PDM Chapter 11.4 | |

Oct 20 | Predictive Modeling: Evaluation | PDM Chapter 10.10 | Assignment 3 due (Sunday Oct 24 11:59pm) |

Oct 25 | No class (Online midterm exam) |
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Oct 27 | Predictive Modeling: Wrap-up | Project midterm report due (Sunday Oct 31 11:59pm) | |

Nov 1 | Predictive Modeling: Ensembles (Bagging & Boosting) | Assignment 4 out | |

Nov 3 | Predictive Modeling: Ensembles (Boosting & Random forest) | ||

Nov 8 | Descriptive Modeling Overview | ||

Nov 10 | Descriptive Modeling: K-means & Hierarchical clustering | PDM Chapter 9.3-9.5 | Assignment 4 due (Sunday Nov 14 11:59pm) |

Nov 15 | Descriptive Modeling: GMM & Expectation maximization | PDM Chapter 9.2, 9.6 | Assignment 5 out |

Nov 17 | Descriptive Modeling: Evaluation | ||

Nov 22 | Pattern Mining | PDM Chapter 13 | |

Nov 24 | No class (Thanksgiving break) |
Assignment 5 due (Sunday Nov 28 11:59pm) | |

Nov 29 | No class (Project day) |
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Dec 1 | Final project presentation (Session 1) |
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Dec 6 | Final project presentation (Session 2) |
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Dec 8 | Final project presentation (Session 3) |
Project final report due (Sunday Dec 12 11:59pm) |

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