Research Topics in Machine Learning - Slides and other stuff


The recommended text for this course is "Machine Learning", by Tom Mitchell, Mc Graw Hill, 1997. The book is simply referred to as Mitchell or Mitchell (1997) in the lecture slides. Please visit the book's web site for further information. Additional reading will consist of recent and/or seminal publications (around 30 papers/articles/book extracts) that will either be distributed as handouts in class or will be cited for you to photocopy from the library yourselves.

Note the following: The approximate probability that a randomly chosen topic in the course

  1. is discussed in Mitchell's book = 0.5
  2. is discussed in one of the publications you are given or pointed at = 0.42
  3. is discussed mainly in the lecture slides = 0.08


  1. August 1, 2000: Assignment 1 (Artificial Neural Networks), 2000 is out. Here is the PS version.
  2. August 11, 2000: Assignment 2 (Language Modeling), 2000 is out. Here is the PS version.
  3. August 24, 2000: Assignment 3 (Hidden Markov Models), 2000 is out. Here is the PS version.


  1. Download the ANN toolkit. Required for Assignment 1, 2000.
  2. Download the SRI Language Modeling toolkit. Required for Assignment 2, 2000.
  3. Download the HMM toolkit. Required for Assignment 3, 2000.

Lecture slides

I recommend the LaTeX, DVI, Postscript and PDF formats, in that order. Bear in mind that these slides are still evolving.