The course is full. For waiting list, please contact the director of studies: f5xrk@chalmers.se
Teaching language: English
Application code: 85127
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule:
C+
Maximum participants: 60
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7,5c 
Grading: TH 

7,5c








In programs
MPPHS PHYSICS, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory)
Examiner:
Christian Forssén
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Eligibility
General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.
Specific entry requirements
English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.
Course specific prerequisites
 Solid background in undergraduate mathematics (Multivariable analysis, linear algebra, mathematical statistics)
 Basic programming skills (The Python programming language will be introduced and used throughout the course. Experience from using Matlab or similar interpreted languages is sufficient.)
 General physics knowledge (Undergraduatelevel, introductory physics helps to understand the context of the scientific examples that will be used.)
Aim
The course introduces a variety of central algorithms and methods essential for performing scientific data analysis using statistical inference and machine learning. Much emphasis is put on practical applications of Bayesian inference in the natural and engineering sciences, i.e. the ability to quantify the strength of inductive inference from facts (such as experimental data) to propositions such as scientific hypotheses and models.
The course is projectbased, and the students will be exposed to fundamental research problems through the various projects, with the aim to reproduce stateoftheart scientific results. The students will use the Python programming language, with relevant opensource libraries, and will learn to develop and structure computer codes for scientific data analysis projects.
Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)
 integrate knowledge of common statistical distributions and central concepts in Bayesian statistics into the analysis of scientific data;
 explain central aspects of Monte Carlo methods and Markov chains, and numerically apply these methods to sample multivariate probability densities;
 quantify and critically assess uncertainties of model parameters that are statistically inferred from scientific data; perform model comparison using a Bayesian viewpoint;
 understand and numerically implement several basic algorithms used in data analysis and machine learning such as linear methods for regression and classification, simple neural networks and gaussian processes;
 use python to perform scientific data analysis using statistical inference and machine learning and to visualize numerical results.
 write wellstructured technical reports where results and conclusions from a scientific data analysis are communicated in a clear way.
 maintain a scientific and ethical conduct in the process of analyzing data and writing computer programs.
Content
The course has two central parts
1. Bayesian inference and data analysis.
2. Machine learning methods for data analysis.
The following subtopics will be covered
 Basic concepts from statistics, expectation values, variance, covariance, correlation functions and errors; discrete versus continuous probability distributions;
 Review of simple statistics models, binomial distribution, the Poisson distribution, simple and multivariate normal distributions;
 Central elements of Bayesian statistics and modeling;
 Monte Carlo methods, Markov chains, MetropolisHastings algorithm;
 Linear methods for regression and classification;
 Gaussian and Dirichlet processes;
 Neural networks;
Organisation
Lectures
Supervised computational exercises (group work on numerical projects)
Selected number of small analytical and numerical homework exercises
Two computational projects with written reports.
Literature
Lecture notes will be made available.
Recommended textbook:
Phil Gregory, Bayesian Logical Data Analysis for the Physical Sciences, Cambridge University Press, 2010
Additional reading:
David J.C. MacKay, Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms, Cambridge University Press, 4th printing, 2005
Trevor Hastie, Robert Tibshirani, Jerome H. Friedman, The Elements of Statistical Learning, Springer, 2nd edition, 2009
Andrew Gelman et al, Bayesian Data Analysis, CRC Press, 3rd edition, 2014
Aurelien Geron, Hands‑On Machine Learning with Scikit‑Learn and TensorFlow, O'Reilly, 1st edition, 2017
Examination including compulsory elements
The final grade is based on the performance on homework assignments and the graded numerical projects.