STK2100 – Machine Learning and Statistical Methods for Prediction and Classification

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Course content

STK2100 gives an introduction to different methods for supervised learning (regression and classification). The course contains both model and algorithm based approaches. The main focus is supervised learning, but also unsupervised methods like clustering will be briefly discussed. The course also deals with issues connected to large amounts of data (’big data’). The course gives a good basis for further studies in statistics or Data Science, but is also useful for students who need to perform data analysis in other fields. 

Learning outcome

After completing the course you:

  • know the fundamental principles for supervised learning (regression and classification), and also how to evaluate such methods;
  • can master many different methods for supervised learning, including linear models, logistic regression, tree-based methods, bootstrapping and other simulation-based methods, dimension reduction and regularization, bagging and boosting and support vector machines;
  • have knowledge on issues connected to high-dimensional data;
  • have knowledge of problems connected to large amounts of data and methods for unsupervised learning.


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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:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • 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 (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

STK1100 – Probability and Statistical Modelling, STK1110 – Statistical methods and data analysis, 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.

The number of groups offered can be adjusted during the semester, depending on attendance.


2–4 mandatory assignments.

Final written examination.


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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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)