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Provided by: Bioinformatics


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Wed 24 Jun 2020


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An Introduction to Machine Learning (ONLINE LIVE TRAINING)


Description

PLEASE NOTE The Bioinformatics Team are presently teaching as many courses live online, with tutors available to help you work through the course material on a personal copy of the course environment. We aim to simulate the classroom experience as closely as possible, with opportunities for one-to-one discussion with tutors and a focus on interactivity throughout.

Machine learning gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. It encompasses a broad range of approaches to data analysis with applicability across the biological sciences. Lectures will introduce commonly used algorithms and provide insight into their theoretical underpinnings. In the practicals students will apply these algorithms to real biological data-sets using the R language and environment.

Please be aware that the course syllabus is currently being updated following feedback from the last event; therefore the agenda below will be subjected to changes.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book or register your interest by linking here.

Target audience
  • This is aimed at life scientists with little or no experience in machine learning and that are looking at implementing these approaches in their research.
  • Graduate students, Postdocs and Staff members from the University of Cambridge, Affiliated Institutions and other external Institutions or individuals
  • Please be aware that these courses are only free for registered University of Cambridge students. All other participants will be charged a registration fee in some form. Registration fees and further details regarding the charging policy are available here.
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here
Prerequisites
Topics covered

Bioinformatics, Data mining, Machine learning

Objectives

During this course you will learn about:

  • Some of the core mathematical concepts underpinning machine learning algorithms.
  • Classification (supervised learning): partitioning data into training and test sets; feature selection; logistic regression; support vector machines; artificial neural networks; decision trees; nearest neighbours, cross-validation.
  • Exploratory data analysis (unsupervised learning): dimensionality reduction, anomaly detection, clustering.
Aims

After this course you should be able to:

  • Explain the concepts of machine learning.
  • List the strengths and limitations of the various machine learning algorithms presented in this course.
  • Select appropriate machine learning methods for your data.
  • Perform machine learning in R.
Format

Presentations, demonstrations and practicals

Timetable

Day 1 Topics
09:30 - 10:30 Machine learning and its applications in biomedical research
10:30 - 11:30 Data types and partitioning
11:30 - 11:45 Tea/Coffee Break
11:45 - 12:45 Introduction to CARET, an R-based machine learning framework
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch (not provided)
13:30 - 15:00 Dimensionality Reduction
15:00 - 15:15 Tea/Coffee Break
15:15 - 16:45 Clustering
16:45 - 17:00 Review and questions
Day 2 Topics
09:30 - 11:00 Nearest Neighbours
11:00 - 11:15 Tea/Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:45 Support Vector Machines
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch (not provided)
13:30 - 15:00 Decision Trees and Random Forests
15:00 - 15:15 Tea/Coffee Break
15:15 - 16:45 Use case applying the above methods
16:45 - 17:00 Review and questions
Day 3
9:30 – 11:00 Linear models
11:00 - 11:15 Tea/Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:45 Linear and non linear logistic regression/ gaussian processes
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch (not provided)
13:30 - 15:00 Artificial Neural Networks
15:00 - 15:15 Tea/Coffee Break
15:15 - 16:45 Use case applying the above methods
16:45 - 17:00 Review, questions and resources for further study
Registration Fees
  • Free for registered University of Cambridge students
  • £ 50/day for all University of Cambridge staff, including postdocs, temporary visitors (students and researchers) and participants from Affiliated Institutions. Please note that these charges are recovered by us at the Institutional level
  • It remains the participant's responsibility to acquire prior approval from the relevant group leader, line manager or budget holder to attend the course. It is requested that people booking only do so with the agreement of the relevant party as costs will be charged back to your Lab Head or Group Supervisor.
  • £ 50/day for all other academic participants from external Institutions and charitable organizations. These charges must be paid at registration
  • £ 100/day for all Industry participants. These charges must be paid at registration
  • Further details regarding the charging policy are available here
Duration

3

Frequency

2 times a year

Theme
Specialized Training

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