STK2100 - Machine learning and statistical methods for prediction and classification

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Course content

Linear models, logistic regression, tree-based methods.  Dimension Reduction and regularization. Support vector
machines. Clustering. Multiple testing issues. Simple use of databases. Algorithms for the analysis of big
data. Bootstrapping and other simulation-based methods.

Learning outcome

The student will after the course have gained insight in some key statistical tools for prediction and classification, focusing
on methods within machine learning. Problems associated with big data will also be discussed.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

One of these:

  • Mathematics R1
  • Mathematics (S1+S2)

And and in addition one of these:

  • Mathematics (R1+R2)
  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies. Read more about special admission requirements (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

STK1100 - Probability and statistical modelling, STK1110 - Statistical methods and data analysis 1, MAT1100 - Calculus, MAT1110 - Calculus and linear algebra og MAT1120 - Linear algebraINF1100 - Introduction to programming with scientific applications (continued)MAT-INF1100 - Modelling and computations.


3 hours lectures, 1 hour topics examined in plenum and 2 hours group sessions/data lab every week of the semester.


Between two and four compulsory assignments need to be passed within given deadlines to be allowed to take the final exam. Final mark based on written examination at the end of the semester.

Rules for compulsory assignments at the Department of Mathematics.

Examination support material

Approved calculator and formula lists for STK2100.
Information about approved calculators (Norwegian only)

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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