PhD Seminar Course on

Feature selection

Cagliari, June 7 - June 10, 2011

Instructor: Dr. Gavin Brown
University of Manchester
Visiting Professor Program 2010, funded by Regione Autonoma della Sardegna
Duration: 8 hours
  • June 7, 2011 9:00-11:00, room X
    • Assessment methods and Wrappers
    • Uni-variate vs Multivariate Filter Methods
  • June 8, 2011 9:00-11:00, room X
    • Information Theoretic Filters
    • Embedded Methods
  • June 9, 2011 9:00-11:00, room 'Mocci'
    • Stability
    • Why does Feature Selection Work?
  • June 10, 2011 9:00-11:00, room X
    • Markov Blanket Algorithms
    • A Unifying View via Conditional Likelihood
  • Venue: Room X, Room 'Mocci'
    Course Description: This course will introduce the problem of "feature selection" in pattern recognition and machine learning. We will first cover the motivations, assumptions, and basic techniques used in current practice - covering the three main families, "wrappers", "filters" and "embedded" methods. Once we have this foundation in place, we will discuss more advanced topics such as how these methods relate to the multiple classifier systems literature, and how cause/effect can be taken into account in the feature selection process. Finally, we will conclude with current research issues for the field, including a unifying viewpoint on the literature from an information theoretic perspective.
    Assessment: The course is worth 1 credit. Grades (pass/fail) will be based on final test or assignment.
    Organizer: Fabio Roli
    Dep. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    University of Cagliari, Italy
    Email: roli(at)diee(dot)unica(dot)it