Subject description - B4B33RPZ

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B4B33RPZ Recognition and machine learning
Roles:PO, P, PZ Extent of teaching:2P+2C
Department:13133 Language of teaching:CS
Guarantors:Matas J. Completion:Z,ZK
Lecturers:Drbohlav O., Matas J. Credits:6
Tutors:Too many persons Semester:Z

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The basic formulations of the statistical decision problem are presented. The necessary knowledge about the (statistical) relationship between observations and classes of objects is acquired by learning on the raining set. The course covers both well-established and advanced classifier learning methods, as Perceptron, AdaBoost, Support Vector Machines, and Neural Nets. This course is also part of the inter-university programme Minor. It pools the best of AI education in Prague to provide students with a deeper and broader insight into the field of artificial intelligence. More information is available at

Study targets:

To teach the student to formalize statistical decision making problems, to use machine learning techniques and to solve pattern recognition problems with the most popular classifiers (SVM, AdaBoost, neural net, nearest neighbour).

Course outlines:

1. The pattern recognition problem. Overview of the Course. Basic notions.
2. The Bayesian decision-making problem, i.e. minimization of expected loss.
3. Non-bayesian decision problems.
4. Parameter estimation. The maximum likelihood method.
5. The nearest neighbour classifier.
6. Linear classifiers. Perceptron learning.
7. The Adaboost method.
8. Learning as a quadratic optimization problem. SVM classifiers.
9. Feed-forward neural nets. The backpropagation algorithm.
10. Decision trees.
11. Logistic regression.
12. The EM (Expectation Maximization) algorithm.
13. Sequential decision-making (Wald´s sequential test).
14. Recap.

Exercises outline:

Students solve four or five pattern recognition problems, for instance a simplified version of OCR (optical character recognition), face detection or spam detection using either classical methods or trained classifiers.
1. Introduction to MATLAB and the STPR toolbox, a simple recognition experiment
2. The Bayes recognition problem
3. Non-bayesian problems I: the Neyman-Pearson problem.
4. Non-bayesian problems II: The minimax problem.
5. Maximum likelihood estimates.
6. Non-parametric estimates, Parzen windows.
7. Linear classifiers, the perceptron algorithm
8. Adaboost
9. Support Vector Machines I 10.Support Vector Machines II
11. EM algoritmus I 12.EM algoritmus II
13. Submission of reports. Discussion of results.
14. Submission of reports. Discussion of results.


1. Duda, Hart, Stork: Pattern Classification, John Willey and Sons, 2nd edition, New York,2001.
2. Schlesinger, Hlavac: Ten Lectures on Statistical and Structural Pattern Recognition, 2002.


Knowledge of linear algebra, mathematical analysis and probability and statistics.


pattern recognition, statistical decision-making, machine learning, classification

Subject is included into these academic programs:

Program Branch Role Recommended semester
BPOI1_2016 Computer and Information Science PO 5
BPOI_BO_2016 Common courses PO 5
BPOI1_2018 Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science PZ 5
BPBIO_2018 Common courses P 5

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