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INFO411 Machine Learning and Data Mining

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Principles and algorithms of machine learning techniques and their use in data mining; application case studies on business intelligence, software engineering, computer networking, and pattern recognition etc.; new research trends.

  • Receive balanced coverage of machine learning theory and its practical usage in data analytics
  • Gain skills in developing real-world data mining packages using Python

Paper title Machine Learning and Data Mining
Paper code INFO411
Subject Information Science
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,348.60
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,967.53

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INFX 411
Limited to
MA, MAppSc, MBus, MCom, MSc, MBusDataSc, BA(Hons), BAppSc(Hons), BCom(Hons), BSc(Hons), PGDipAppSc, PGDipArts, PGDipCom, PGDipSci, PGCertAppSc
Eligible to students who are doing a 400-level course with some reasonable mathematics and statistics background

Teaching staff

A/Prof. Jeremiah Deng , Dr Brendon Woodford, and guest lecturers

Paper Structure
13 weekly lectures (two hours each), labs and tutorials, presentation, and a project
Teaching Arrangements
The paper will be delivered with an interactive combination of lectures, labs and seminars. Online discussions are also encouraged.

E. Alpaydin: Introduction to Machine Learning, 3rd Ed.

Course outline
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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Acquire knowledge about a wide range of machine learning algorithms, understanding their differences and connections
  • Gain experience and competitive skills in solving data mining problems in science, engineering and business
  • Understand effective system designs for data mining application development

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41