CS 5665: Introduction to Data Science

Fall 2020, 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm on TR via WebBroadcast

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Course Descriptions

Data science is an inter-disciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms and systems to extract knowledge and insights from many structural and unstructured data. Data science is related to data mining, deep learning and big data [link]. In recent years, deep learning approaches have obtained very high performance on various data analysis tasks. This course focuses on introducing the basic deep learning approaches. The goal of this course is for students to learn how to use deep learning for solving real-world data analysis problems, especially in the fields of computer vision and natural language processing.

Topics include: Linear Regression, Logistic Regression, Feed-forward Neural Network, Convolutional Neural Network, Recurrent Neural Network, Transformers, Generative Adversarial Networks.


  • A solid Python programming skill
    • All class assignments will be in Python.
  • Basic probability and statistics
    • Understand basics of probabilities, gaussian distributions, mean, standard deviation, etc.
  • Basic calculus, linear algebra
    • Be comfortable taking derivatives and understanding matrix/vector notation and operations. (e.g., matrix multiplication).

Course Material

  • Aston Zhang, Zachary C. Lipton, Mu Li and Alexander J. Smola. (2020). Dive into Deep Learning. Available Online.
  • Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio and Aaron Courville. (2016). Deep Learning. Available Online.

The following textbooks/websites are useful as additional reference:

  • Eli Stevens and Luca Antiga. (2020). Deep Learning with PyTorch. Available Online.
  • Michael Nielsen. Neural Networks and Deep Learning. Available Online.
  • Deisenroth, Marc Peter, A. Aldo Faisal, and Cheng Soon Ong. (2020). Mathematics for machine learning. Available Online.
    • Chapters 5, 6 7 are useful to understand vector calculus and continuous optimization


  • Homework (60%)
    • Seven programming assignments
  • Course Project (20%)
    • Students do course projects solo
    • An online poster session will be hosted
  • Final Exam (20%)
  • Bonus


  • Attendance is encouraged but not mandatory

Class Schedule

Date Topic Reading
Sep 1 Introduction  
Sep 3 Introduction  
Sep 8 Linear Algebra Recap  
Sep 10 Linear Regression  
Sep 15 Linear Regression  
Sep 17 Linear Regression  
Sep 22 Bias and Variance  
Sep 24 Logistic Regression  
Sep 29 Logistic Regression  
Oct 1 Multiclass Classification  
Oct 6 Multilayer Neural Network  
Oct 8 Deep Learning Packages