Statistics Meetings

We have machine learning and statistics meetings on a regular basis - Mondays at 12p in the Onterie conference room (931). Email i-stevenson <at> northwestern.edu if you'd like to be added to the announcements list.

Fall 2008 - Optimal Control

12/08/08 Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman Equations (Max)
12/01/08 Euler-Lagrange Equations (Max)

Spring 2008 - Information theory, inference, and learning algorithms

Based on David MacKay's book.

10/06/08 Link Problems from Ch22 (13:16)
08/07/08 Link Problems from Ch20 (23:25)
07/14/08 Link Problems from Ch3 (13:15)
07/07/08 Link Problems from Ch2 (16:3:end)
06/30/08 Link Ch28 - Model Comparison and Occam's Razor (Kunlin)
06/30/08 Link Ch27 - Laplace's Method (Kunlin)
06/23/08 Link Ch26 - Exact Marginalization in Graphs - DAGs (Konrad)
05/26/08 Link Ch26 - Exact Marginalization in Graphs - Factor Graphs (Ian)
05/12/08 Link Ch24 - Exact Marginalization (Konrad)
05/05/08 Link Ch23 - Useful Probability Distributions (Greg)
04/28/08 Link Ch22 - ML and Clustering, con't (Kalpana)
04/21/08 Link Ch22 - ML and Clustering (Kalpana)
04/14/08 Link Ch20-21 - Clustering and Exact Inference (Citlali)
04/07/08 Link Ch19 - Why have Sex? Information Acquisition and Evolution (Greg)
03/24/08 Link Ch4-11 - Data Compression and Noisy Channel Coding (Ian)
03/17/08 PDF Ch2 - Probability Entropy and Inference (Max)
03/17/08 PDF Ch1 - Intro to Information Theory (Kunlin)

Winter 2008 - Statistics of natural scenes and movements

A recent special issue of Network on sensory coding and the natural environment.

02/11/08

PDF How Are Complex Cell Properties Adapted to the Statistics of Natural Stimuli? (2004)
Kording, Kayser, Einhauser, and Konig. J Neurophys, 91(1) 206-212. (Ian)

02/04/08

PDF Emergence of simple-cell receptive field properties by learning a sparse code for natural images (1996)
Olshausen and Field. Nature, 381(6583), 607-609. (Ian)

01/28/08

PDF Analysis of the synergies underlying complex hand manipulation (2004)
Todorov E, Ghahramani Z. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2004;6:4637-40. (Kalpana)
PDF Postural hand synergies for tool use (1998)
Santello, Flanders, Soechting. J Neurosci 18: 10105. (Taro)

01/21/08

PDF What does the retina know about natural scenes? (1992)
Atick and Redlich. Neural Comp 4,1296. (Max)
PDF Efficient coding of natural scenes in the LGN… (1996)
Dan, Atick, and Reid. J Neurosci 16,10. (Kunlin)

01/14/08

PDF Statistics of natural images: scaling in the woods (1996)
Ruderman and Bialek. Phys Rev 73, 6. (Ian)
PDF Statistics of natural time-varying images (1995)
Dong and Atick. Network 6, 3. (Ian)

Fall 2007 - Short course on unsupervised learning

Based on Zoubin Ghahramani's course at UCL - Fall 2005

01/07/08 PDF Lecture 8 - Variational Methods (Jim)
12/10/07 Link NIPS 2007 Overview (Ian)
12/03/07 PDF Lecture 7 - Sampling and MCMC (Greg)
11/26/07 PDF Lecture 6 - Hierarchical and Nonlinear Models - Sigmoid Belief Networks (Ian)
11/19/07 PDF Lecture 6 - Hierarchical and Nonlinear Models - Boltzmann Machines (Ian)
11/12/07 PDF Lecture 6 - Hierarchical and Nonlinear Models - ICA and stuff (Ian)
10/29/07 PDF Lecture 5 - Graphical Models - Belief Propagation (Kunlin)
10/22/07 PDF Lecture 5 - Graphical Models - The Basics (Kunlin)
09/24/07 PDF Lecture 4 - Latent Variable Time Series Models - HMMs (Greg)
09/17/07 PDF Lecture 4 - Latent Variable Time Series Models - Kalman Filters (Max)
09/10/07 PDF Lecture 3 - The EM Algorithm - Part 2 (Ian)
09/04/07 PDF Lecture 3 - The EM Algorithm - Part 1 (Greg)

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