• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Cheng Ong
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course COMP4670
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course provides a broad but thorough introduction to the methods and practice of statistical machine learning. Topics covered will include Bayesian inference and maximum likelihood modelling; regression, classification, density estimation, clustering, principal and independent component analysis; parametric, semi-parametric, and non-parametric models; basis functions, neural networks, kernel methods, and graphical models; deterministic and stochastic optimisation; overfitting, regularisation, and validation.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  •  Describe a number of models for supervised, unsupervised, and reinforcement machine learning
  •  Assess the strength and weakness of each of these models
  •  Interpret the mathematical equations from Linear Algebra, Statistics, and Probability Theory used in these machine learning models
  •  Implement efficient machine learning algorithms on a computer
  •  Design test procedures in order to evaluate a model
  •  Combine several models in order to gain better results
  •  Make choices for a model for new machine learning tasks based on reasoned argument

Other Information


Indicative Assessment

  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Final Exam (60%)

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Thirty one-hour lectures

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Computing. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed COMP4670.

Prescribed Texts

Bishop, Christopher M. Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning , Springer

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to have a background that is equivalent to the prerequisites of COMP4670.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2675 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person

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