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CS 542 — Machine Learning
(dt. Maschinelles Lernen)

Level, degree of commitment Advanced module, required module
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (4 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
9 CP
Course requirement(s): Oral or written examination
Examination type: Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises as well as at least 2 presentations of the tasks.
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program B.Sc. Data Science.
One semester,
Alle 3-4 Semester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Bernhard Seeger, Prof. Dr. Alfred Ultsch


Methods of machine learning and related areas such as Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining are central to current research in the field of intelligent systems and are already used in a variety of practical applications.

Content: Introduction and basic concepts, conceptual learning and version space, data preprocessing, case-based learning, decision trees, rule learning, Bayesian inference, Support Vector Machines, extensions and meta techniques, empirical evaluation of learning processes

Qualification Goals

The students shall

  • Understand the basic questions and goals of machine learning,
  • become familiar with special problem classes, such as supervised learning (classification and regression),
  • develop important methods of machine learning and their scalable implementations,
  • become familiar with concepts for the evaluation of learning methods,
  • to be enabled to solve practical problems independently using methods of machine learning,
  • practice scientific working methods (recognizing, formulating, solving problems, training the ability to abstract) and practice oral communication skills in the exercises by practicing free speech in front of an audience and during discussion.


Translation is missing. Here is the German original:

Keine. Empfohlen werden die Kompetenzen, die in den Modulen Algorithmen und Datenstrukturen sowie Grundlagen der Statistik vermittelt werden.


The module can be attended at FB12 in study program(s)

  • B.Sc. Data Science
  • B.Sc. Computer Science
  • B.Sc. Business Informatics
  • M.Sc. Data Science
  • M.Sc. Computer Science
  • M.Sc. Mathematics
  • M.Sc. Business Informatics
  • M.Sc. Business Mathematics
  • LAaG Computer Science

When studying B.Sc. Data Science, this module must be completed in the study area Advanced Modules in Computer Science.

The module can also be used in other study programs (export module).

Recommended Reading

  • D.J. Hand, H. Mannila, P. Smyth. Principles of Data Mining. MIT Press. 2000.
  • T. Hastie, R. Tibshirani, J. H. Friedman. The Elements of Statistical Learning. Springer-Verlag, 2001.
  • T. Mitchell. Machine Learning. McGraw Hill, 1997.
  • I.H. Witten, E. Frank. Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques with Java Implementations. Morgan Kaufmann, 2000.
  • C.M. Bishop. Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning. Springer-Verlag, 2008.

Please note:

This page describes a module according to the latest valid module guide in Summer semester 2018. Most rules valid for a module are not covered by the examination regulations and can therefore be updated on a semesterly basis. The following versions are available in the online module guide:

The module guide contains all modules, independent of the current event offer. Please compare the current course catalogue in Marvin.

The information in this online module guide was created automatically. Legally binding is only the information in the examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung). If you notice any discrepancies or errors, we would be grateful for any advice.