Spring 2018 Dalpiaz

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Course Staff


Course Objectives

After this course, students should be expected to be able to …

Course Content

Tentative subjects include:

If time permits, we will discuss the basics of neural networks, and build towards the fundamentals of deep learning.


Additional reading material will be posted on the course website.


A course which covers linear regression and uses R, such as STAT 420 or STAT 425. Basic knowledge of probability and linear algebra is also assumed.

Email Policy

Due to the large size of this course, we follows a strict email policy. Before sending an email, please read this note.


There will be eight homework assignments, your best seven will count towards your grade. (Drop lowest score.) Please see this note for a detailed homework policy, including the directions for all assignments.


There will be two in-class quizzes. The quiz dates are:


Project due dates, assignment details, and group assignments will be announced after the midpoint of the semester.

Individual Project

The individual project will involve performing analysis of a provided dataset.

Graduate Project

Graduate students will be required to complete a small additional project, which will likely take the form of a Kaggle-like competition. Undergraduate students will receive a 100% without completing this project, but are still encouraged to give it a try!.

Group Final Project

There are five assignments associated with the group final project. They are:

  • Group Selection
  • Project Proposal
  • Project Report
  • Evaluation of Peers
  • Evaluations from Peers


R and RStudio are required software for this course. R is a freely available language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. RStudio is a free and open-source integrated development environment for R. You must have access to a computer where you are able to install the most up-to-date versions of R and RStudio, as well as install R packages.

Course Grades

Type Percentage
Homework 35
Quiz I 12.5
Quiz II 12.5
Individual Project 10
Grad Project 5
Group Project 25

Grading Scale

A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D-
TBD 93% 90% 87% 83% 80% 77% 73% 70% 67% 63% 60%

Grades are not curved or adjusted. This is not to dishearten students, but to let them know that their grade is based on individual effort and not on comparative effort.

Grade Disputes

If you feel your homework or exam was graded incorrectly, you have one week from the date it was returned to discuss it with the course staff. After one week, grading is final except for exceptional circumstances. You may not simply ask for a re-grade, but instead must justify to the staff why the grading was done incorrectly. Also, by disputing any grading, you agree to allow the course staff to review the entire homework or exam for other errors missed during grading.


You are expected to attend all lectures and discussions. Failure to do so may not have a direct effect on your course grade, but will likely have a significant indirect effect. Any known or potential extracurricular conflicts should be discussed in person with the instructor during the first week of classes, or as soon as they arise.

Academic Integrity

The official University of Illinois policy related to academic integrity can be found in Article 1, Part 4 of the Student Code. Section 1-402 in particular outlines behavior which is considered an infraction of academic integrity. These sections of the Student Code will be upheld in this course. Any violations will be dealt with in a swift, fair and strict manner. Homework assignments are meant to be learning experiences. You may discuss the exercises with other students, but you must write-up the solutions on your own. In short, do not cheat, it is not worth the risk. You are more likely to get caught than you believe. If you think you may be operating in a grey area, you most likely are.


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Disability Accommodations

To obtain disability-related academic adjustments or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities must contact the course instructor and the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) as soon as possible. To contact DRES, you may visit 1207 S. Oak St., Champaign, call 217-333-4603, e-mail or go to the DRES website.


The instructor reserves the right to make any changes he considers academically advisable. Such changes, if any, will be announced in class. Please note that it is your responsibility to attend the class and keep track of the proceedings.