CS-498 Applied Machine Learning - Optional Homework

CS-498 Applied Machine Learning

D.A. Forsyth --- 3310 Siebel Center

daf@uiuc.edu, daf@illinois.edu

15:30 - 16:45 OR 3.30 pm-4.45 pm, in old money
1320 Digital Computer Laboratory


Mariya Vasileva mvasile2@illinois.edu

Sili Hui silihui2@illinois.edu

Daeyun Shin dshin11@illinois.edu

Ayush Jain ajain42@illinois.edu

Office Hours:

Ayush Fri - 14h00-16h00 or 2-4 pm, location: in front of 3304

Daeyun Thu - 11h00-13h00 or 11 am-1 pm location: 0207 Siebel/p>

Mariya Wed - 15h00-17h00 or 3 - 5 pm location: 0207 Siebel

Sili Thur - 12h00-14h00 or 12 - 2 pm location: 0207 Siebel

DAF Mon - 14h00-15h00, Fri - 14h00-15h00

or swing by my office (3310 Siebel) and see if I'm busy

Evaluation is by: Homeworks and take home final.

I will shortly post a policy on collaboration and plagiarism





Optional Homework, due 11 April 23h59 (Mon; midnight)


This homework is for remission of sins, etc. or in case you enjoy these things. It's not required, but if you did poorly in an early homework and well in this one, I'll use that in putting your grade together. You should do this homework in groups of up to three; details of how to submit have been posted on piazza. You can use any programming language you care to, but I think you'll prefer R because it has tools for this (lm and glmnet).


Details and description subject to minor changes


Regression of spatial data using kernel functions: Luke Spadavecchia, of the University of Edinburgh, has collected and is looking after a dataset of temperature measurements from 112 weather stations in Oregon. You can find this data here. The data consists of two files. One gives the location of each weather station, in a variety of units. You will use the UTM units. The other gives maximum and minimum temperature for various days in the years 2000-2004. You will use kernel functions to build various linear regressions predicting the annual mean of the minimum temperature as a function of position (i.e. you'll use one annual mean of minimum temperature for 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 at each weather station).