The following schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Date Topic Readings Assignments & Project
Jan 8 Introduction & Course Overview

Jan 10 Background & Basics (Probability) PDM Chapter 4.1-4.3, Appendix Assignment 1 is out
Jan 15 Background & Basics (Linear algebra, sampling) PDM Chapter 4.7
Jan 17 Background & Basics (Statistical inference, hypothesis testing) PDM Chapter 4.4-4.6 Assignment 1 due (Sunday Jan 20, 11:59pm)
Jan 22 Elements of Data Mining Algorithm
Jan 24 Data Exploration and Visualization PDM Chapter 3
Jan 29 Predictive Modeling Overview PDM Chapter 6.1-6.3, 10.1-10.2
Jan 31 Predictive Modeling: Naive Bayes PDM Chapter 10.8 Assignment 2 is out
Feb 5 Predictive Modeling: Decision trees PDM Chapter 5.2, 10.5
Feb 7 Predictive Modeling: Nearest neighbor PDM Chapter 10.3, 10.6, 11.4
Feb 12 Predictive Modeling: Logistic regression, SVM Assignment 2 due (Wednesday Feb 13, 11:59pm)
Feb 14 Predictive Modeling: Search & Optimization 1 PDM Chapter 8.1-8.3
Feb 19 Predictive Modeling: Search & Optimization 2 Assignment 3 is out
Feb 21 Predictive Modeling: Neural network & Evaluation PDM Chapter 10.10
Feb 26 Predictive Modeling: Wrap-up Final project guideline is out
Feb 28 Review
Mar 5 In-class Midterm
Mar 7 Predictive Modeling: Ensembles (Bagging & Boosting) Assignment 3 due (Friday Mar 8 11:59pm)
Mar 12 No class (Spring break)
Mar 14 No class (Spring break) Final project proposal due (Sunday Mar 17, 11:59pm)
Mar 19 Predictive Modeling: Ensembles (Boosting & Random forest) Assignment 4 is out
Mar 21 Guest Lecture: Deep Learning (Professor Yexiang Xue)
Mar 26 Final project pitch
Mar 28 Descriptive Modeling Overview Assignment 4 due (Sunday Mar 31 11:59pm)
Apr 2 Descriptive Modeling: K-means & Hierarchical clustering PDM Chapter 9.3-9.5
Apr 4 Descriptive Modeling: GMM & Expectation maximization PDM Chapter 9.2, 9.6 Assignment 5 is out
Apr 9 Descriptive Modeling: Evaluation
Apr 11 Pattern Mining PDM Chapter 11
Apr 16 Data Mining: Recent topics Assignment 5 due (Friday Apr 17 11:59pm)
Apr 18 No class (Project Day)
Apr 23 Final project presentation (Session 1)
Apr 25 Final project presentation (Session 2) Final report due (Sunday Apr 28 11:59pm)