BAIT509 - Business Applications of Machine Learning

BAIT509 - Business Applications of Machine Learning

This is the GitHub home page for the 2019/2020 iteration of the course BAIT 509 at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Please see the syllabus for more information about the course. Current students should refer to the UBC Canvas course website for the most up-to-date content and announcements.

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Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Describe fundamental machine learning concepts such as: supervised and unsupervised learning, regression and classification, overfitting, training and testing error;
  2. Broadly explain how common machine learning algorithms work, including: naïve Bayes, k-nearest neighbors, decision trees, support vector machines, and ensemble methods;
  3. Implement a machine learning pipeline (i.e., loading data, creating a machine learning model, testing the model) in Python; and,
  4. Apply and interpret machine learning methods to carry out supervised learning projects and to answer business objectives.

Teaching Team

At your service!

Name Position GitHub Handle
Tomas Beuzen Instructor @tbeuzen

Class Meetings

Details about class meetings will appear here as they become available. Optional additional material is also available for each lecture.

# Topic Link
1 Introduction to machine learning and decision trees Lecture 1
2 Fundamentals of machine learning and error Lecture 2
3 Cross-validation, kNN and loess Lecture 3
4 Feature pre-processing Lecture 4
5 Naïve Bayes and logistic regression Lecture 5
6 Model and feature selection Lecture 6
7 Workflow and forming good machine learning questions from business questions Lecture 7
8 Support Vector Machines Lecture 8
9 Advanced ML techniques Lecture 9
10 Topics related to the group project Lecture 10


Assessment Due Weight
Participation - 10%
Assignment 1 January 20 at 23:59 20%
Assignment 2 January 27 at 23:59 20%
Assignment 3 February 7 at 23:59 20%
Final Project February 14 at 23:59 30%

All assessments will be submitted through UBC Canvas.

Office Hours

Want to talk about the course outside of lecture? Let’s talk during these dedicated times.

Teaching Member When Where
Tomas Beuzen Thursdays 13:00-14:00 ESB 1045

Additional Resources