This course will introduce the fundamentals of pattern recognition.
First, we will focus on generative methods such as those based on Bayes
decision theory and related techniques of parameter estimation and density
estimation. Next, we will focus on discriminative methods such support vector
machines. Methods of pattern
recognition are useful in many applications such as information retrieval, data
mining, document image analysis and recognition, computational linguistics,
forensics, biometrics and bioinformatics. In this course, we will emphasize
computer vision applications.
Course Outline (tentative)
Bayesian Decision Theory
Maximum Likelihood Estimation
Linear Discriminant Functions
Support Vector Machines (SVMs)
Expectation-Maximization (EM) Algorithm
Non-parametric Estimation (if time permits)
CS 202 with a "C" or better; MATH/STAT 352 or MATH/STAT 461. Credit hours: 3.0
Exams and Assignments
Grading will be based on 6-75 quizzes, two exams, and 4 programming assignments. Graduate students will be required to write a paper critique.
Lecture slides, assignments, and other useful information will be posted on this web page. Discussion of the of your work is allowed and encouraged. However, each student should do his/her own work. Assignments which are too similar will receive a zero and you might also receive an "F" in the class. No late work will be accepted unless there is an extreme emergency. If you are unable to hand in an assignment by the deadline, you must discuss it with me before the deadline. Quizzes and exams will be closed books, closed notes. If you are unable to take a quiz or exam you must inform me in advance. No incomplete grades (INC) will be given in this course and a missed exam may be made up only if it was missed due to an extreme emergency. Regular attendance is highly recommended. If you miss a class, you are responsible for all material covered or assigned in class. You should carefully read the section on Academic Dishonesty found in the UNR Student Handbook. Your continued enrollment in this course implies that you have read it, and that you subscribe to the principles stated therein.