ACIT4510 Statistical Learning Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Statistical Learning
Master's Programme in Applied Computer and Information Technology
10 stp.


The course covers the foundations and recent advances in Machine Learning from the point of view of Statistical Learning Theory. The goal of this course is to provide students with the practical skills to support the theoretical knowledge acquired during the lecture course and the practical intuitions needed to use and develop effective machine learning solutions to challenging problems.

Access to good statistical/data analysis software is paramount. Therefore, we will illustrate the use of the models throughout the course with real implementation.

Anbefalte forkunnskaper

The participants are expected to know linear algebra, basic functional analysis, and basic concepts in probability theory.


No formal requirements over and above the admission requirements.


The student should have the following outcomes upon completing the course:


Upon successful completion of the course, the student:

  • will have a good understanding the different concepts and methods of supervised and unsupervised statistical learning and how to apply them on large data.
  • has advanced knowledge of probabilistic formulation of the various learning problems



Upon successful completion of the course, the student:

  • can apply different high-dimensional regression techniques on data
  • can apply different classification techniques on data
  • can apply clustering techniques on data
  • can derive learning algorithms for new models and analyze new data with them.
  • can apply dimensionality reduction techniques on data


General competence

Upon successful completion of the course, the student:

  • can apply different predictive models on data and assess their performance
  • can use supervised and unsupervised learning in different real life problem

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

This course is divided into two parts. The first part with focus on covering the principles of Statistical Learning. Different seminars will be given on the different methodological aspects of Statistical learning, mainly, supervised learning and unsupervised learning.

The second part will focus on the students completing a programming project. This is a real data analysis problem, where the student is asked to carry out the analysis using the tools and techniques from the course and hand in a report documenting the steps taken in the analysis. The ultimate goal is to build a predictive model.

During this part, there may be lectures if needed, but most of the time will be spent on individual supervision of students in lab-sessions.

The course will also include practical training / lab sessions.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

The following required coursework must be approved before the student can take the exam:

A project plan document containing a description of the chosen data set, a preliminary research question and suggested tools and method to apply.

Vurdering og eksamen

An individual project report approximately 2500 - 5000 words, excluding appendixes.

The exam can be appealed,

New/postponed exam

In case of failed exam or legal absence, the student may apply for a new or postponed exam. New or postponed exams are offered within a reasonable time span following the regular exam. The student is responsible for registering for a new/postponed exam within the time limits set by OsloMet. The Regulations for new or postponed examinations are available in Regulations relating to studies and examinations at OsloMet.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

All aids are permitted, provided the rules for plagiarism and source referencing are complied with.


Grade scale A-F.


Two internal examiners. External examiner is used periodically.


Professor Pedro Lind