A Course in Machine Learning

by Hal Daumé III

Machine learning is the study of algorithms that learn from data and experience. It is applied in a vast variety of application areas, from medicine to advertising, from military to pedestrian. Any area in which you need to make sense of data is a potential consumer of machine learning.

CIML is a set of introductory materials that covers most major aspects of modern machine learning (supervised learning, unsupervised learning, large margin methods, probabilistic modeling, learning theory, etc.). It's focus is on broad applications with a rigorous backbone. A subset can be used for an undergraduate course; a graduate course could probably cover the entire material and then some.

You may obtain the written materials by purchasing a ($55) print copy, by downloading the entire book, or by downloading individual chapters below. If you find the electronic version of the book useful and would like to donate a small amount to support further development, that's always appreciated! You can get the source code for the book, labs and other teaching materials on GitHub. The current version is 0.9 (the "beta" pre-release).

Support and Mailing Lists:
If you would like to be informed when new versions of CIML materials are released, please join the CIML mailing list. If you find errors in the book, please fill out a bug report. If you're the first to submit an error, you'll get listed in the acknowledgments!

Code and Datasets:
Coming soon...

Individual Chapters:
  1. Front Matter
  2. Decision Trees
  3. Geometry and Nearest Neighbors
  4. The Perceptron
  5. Machine Learning in Practice
  6. Beyond Binary Classification
  7. Linear Models
  8. Probabilistic Modeling
  9. Neural Networks
  10. Kernel Methods
  11. Learning Theory
  12. Ensemble Methods
  13. Efficient Learning
  14. Unsupervised Learning
  15. Expectation Maximization
  16. Semi-Supervised Learning
  17. Graphical Models
  18. Online Learning
  19. Structured Learning
  20. Bayesian Learning
  21. Back Matter

Thanks to everyone who was ever a teacher or student of mine, to those who provided feedback on drafts, and to colleagues for encouragement to get this done! Special thanks to: TODO...