Monthly Archives: August 2012

My Statement of Accomplishment from Machine Learning course of Coursera

Published on: August 26, 2012

It was hard to finish all the material on time and more when I started the course two or three weeks late and of course I had only the weekends to see the lectures, take some notes (I don’t know how to study without my own handwrite notes) and finish all the assessments. However, the course of Machine Learning offered by the platform of open-learning Coursera¬†and given by Andrew Ng, Professor of Computer Science of Stanford University was one of the most incredible learning experiences of my life.

Here is my Statement of Accomplishment document:

The following is a the syllabus for the class:

  • Introduction to Machine Learning. Univariate linear regression. (Optional: Linear algebra review.)
  • Multivariate linear regression. Practical aspects of implementation. Octave tutorial.
  • Logistic regression, One-vs-all classification, Regularization.
  • Neural Networks.
  • Practical advice for applying learning algorithms: How to develop, debugging, feature/model design, setting up experiment structure.
  • Support Vector Machines (SVMs) and the intuition behind them.
  • Unsupervised learning: clustering and dimensionality reduction.
  • Anomaly detection.
  • Recommender systems.
  • Large-scale machine learning. An example of an application of machine learning.

I know that 20th August a new course is started. If you have interest on the topic I really recommend it.


Posted by on August 26, 2012 in Machine Learning, online learning


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PGR Student Poster Day

Published on: August 15, 2012
Last Modification on: August 26, 2012

Here is the link of the poster (version1) that I produced for the PGR Student Poster Day. This event was held 23rd August 2012 at Heriot-Watt University as a way to 2nd and 3rd year student can present internally their research topic.

The content of the poster is related to my current research in urban growth and the optimisation of green areas planning using an hybrid version of a genetic algorithm. The size is a A2. Here you can see a quality reduced version of the poster, please follow the previous link if you want to see or download the original version.

Due to it was a requirement to design the poster in a A1 format, I created a second version of the poster that it is stored here. Again here it show a quality-reduced version:

I upload both posters to Figshare. Figshare is a web site focuses on sharing scientific resources.

Unfortunately, even if I made a proof-printing in several A4 pages with my personal printer, when I collected my poster from the printing services all the colours were darker and I had problems to distinguish the different sections. If somebody uses the design of the poster as a source of inspiration I definitely recommend to widen the range of grey tones to avoid this problem.

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Posted by on August 15, 2012 in Event, Genetic Algorithm, Poster


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