CSCI 1950-F: Introduction to Machine Learning, Spring 2012

Brown University Department of Computer Science

Course Information
See the syllabus, and the calendar for details on readings, lectures, and recitations.
The primary course textbook is Machine Learning: A Probabilistic Perspective, in preparation by Prof. Kevin Murphy. Printed copies are available as a pair of readers from the Metcalf Copy Center.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-2:20pm, CIT room 227.
Thursdays from 5:00-6:00pm, CIT room 227. Led by the graduate teaching assistants.
Professor Erik Sudderth, office hours Mondays from 11:00am-12:00pm, Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30pm, CIT room 509.
Graduate Teaching Assistants
Dae Il Kim, office hours Wednesdays from 10:00am-12:00pm, CIT room 409.
Ben Swanson, office hours Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00pm and 3:00-4:00pm, CIT room 411.
Undergraduate Teaching Assistants
William Allen, Head UTA, office hours Sundays from 7:00-9:00pm, CIT room 219.
Paul Kernfeld, office hours Mondays from 7:00-9:00pm, CIT room 219.
Zachary Kahn, office hours Tuesdays from 8:00-10:00pm, CIT room 219.
Soravit Changpinyo, office hours Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00pm, CIT room 219.
Vazheh Moussavi, office hours Wednesdays from 9:00-11:00pm, CIT room 219.
Mailing Lists
The course staff can be reached at cs195fheadtas-at-cs. The primary mailing list for course announcements is Registered students have been automatically added. If desired, you can forward your CS e-mail to another account.
Previous Courses
Spring 2011: CSCI 1950-F: Introduction to Machine Learning, Erik Sudderth.
Fall 2009: CSCI 1950-F: Introduction to Machine Learning, Mark Johnson and Erik Sudderth.
Fall 2006: CS 195-5: Introduction to Machine Learning, Greg Shakhnarovich.


May 8, 2012
Graduate projects will be presented on Thursday, May 10 at 1:00pm in Lubrano (CIT fourth floor). Food will be served!
May 1, 2012
Homework 10 is an optional, extra credit assignment. If you submit it, you can replace a low score on a previous homework with the points earned on homework 10.
April 11, 2012
The deadlines for homeworks 8-10 have been extended, to better fit the schedule of lecture material.
March 5, 2012
The deadline for homework 5 has been extended until 12:00 noon on Monday, March 12. Remember that the midterm exam will be given in class on Tuesday, March 13.
February 16, 2012
Due to the holiday weekend, Prof. Sudderth's normal office hours are canceled on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 20-21. He will hold extra office hours on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 4-5pm.
February 10, 2012
The problems with the electronic handin script have now been fixed, and you should be able to successfully submit homework 1. If you sent your solutions via email, please resubmit them using the handin script. We will extend the deadline for homework 1 until noon on Monday, February 13.
February 3, 2012
The course mailing list,, is now in use. Please ensure that you are receiving course emails, including information about homework 1.
January 25, 2012
The first lecture will be held on Thursday, January 26 in CIT 227. A reader containing the course textbook is available for purchase from the Metcalf Copy Center.