CS6140 Machine Learning


Make sure you check the syllabus for the due date. Please use the notations adopted in class, even if the problem is stated in the book using a different notation.

Make sure to read the notes on Gradient Descent for Regression, and chapter 5 of DHS, up to (including 5.6 Relaxation Procedures)

PROBLEM 1 [50 points]

A) Run Gradient Descent Regression on Spambase and Housing datasets form HW1.

B) Run Gradient Descent Logistic Regression on Spambase and Housing datasets.
Note 1: Logistic regression produce probabilities, so you'd have to think a bit before comparing them with house prices on a very different scale; one can transform house prices by using the logistic function.
Note2: Normalization will matter. When you normalize data features (one feature at a time), you need to normalize all data (train, test, validation) together, as opposed to normalize separately training and testing sets.

Compare for each dataset training and testing performance across all four learning algorithms by making a table like below

Decision/Regression Tree

Regression (Normal Equations)

Regression(Gradient Descent)

LogisticRegression(Gradeint Descent)





C) Produce comparison plots (for example ROC) for each dataset containing all algorithms (one curve per algorithm).

PROBLEM 2 [50 points] Perceptron Algorithm (same Gradient Descent for a different objective)

Step 1: Dowload the perceptron learning data set that I have created. The data set is tab delimited with 5 fields, where the first 4 fields are feature values and the last field is the {+1,-1} label; there are 1,000 total data points.
Step 2: Create a perceptron learning algorithm, as described in class.
Step 3: Run your perceptron learning algorithm on the data set provided. Keep track of how many iterations you perform until convergence, as well as how many total updates (corresponding to mistakes) that occur through each iteration. After convergence, your code should output the raw weights, as well as the normalized weights corresponding to the linear classifier
w1 x1 + w2 x2 + w3 x3 + w4 x4 = 1

(You will create the normalized weights by dividing your perceptron weights w1, w2, w3, and w4 by -w0, the weight corresponding to the special "offset" feature.)

Step 4: Output the result of your perceptron learning algorithm as described above. Your output should look something like the following:
[jaa@jaa-laptop Perceptron]$ perceptron.pl perceptronData.txt

Iteration 1, total mistakes 152
Iteration 2, total mistakes 225
Iteration 3, total mistakes 283
Iteration 4, total mistakes 339
Iteration 5, total mistakes 341
Iteration 6, total mistakes 341

Classifier weights: -17 1.62036704608359 3.27065807088159 4.63999040888332 6.79421449422058 8.26056991916346 9.36697370729981

Normalized with threshold: 0.0953157085931524 0.192391651228329 0.272940612287254 0.399659676130622 0.485915877597851 0.550998453370577
(Note: The output above corresponds to running on a different data set than yours which has six dimensions as opposed to four. Your results will be different, but you should convey the same information as above.)

PROBLEM 3 [50 points] AUTOENCODER Neural Network

Consider the following neural network (left graph), with 8 input units (for data with 8 features), 3 hidden units and 8 output units, and assume the nonlinear functions are all sigmoid.

a)The 8 training data inputs are identical with the outputs, as shown in the right side table. Implement this network and the backpropagation algorithm to compute all the network weights; you should initialize the weights with nontrivial values (i.e not values that already minimize the erorr).

HINT: on the trained network, you should obtain values for the hidden units somehow similar with the ones shown in the table (up to symmetry). Feel free to make changes to the algorithm that suit your implementation, but briefly document them.

b) Since the outputs and inputs are identical for each datapoint, one can view this network as an encoder-decoder mechanism. (this is one of the uses of neural networks). In this context, explain the purpose of the training algorithm. (I expect a rather nontechnical --but documented-- answer).

c) Can this encoder-decoder scheme work with 1 hidden unit? Can it work with 2 hidden units? What if there are more than 8 inputs and outputs? Justify your answers mathematically.

PROBLEM 4 [20 points] 

DHS chapter 5 Pb 2 (page 271)

PROBLEM 5 [Extra Credit]

DHS chapter 5 Pb 5, page 271

PROBLEM 6 [Extra Credit]

DHS chapter 5 Pb 6, page 271 

PROBLEM 7 [20 points]

 Read prof Andrew Ng's lecture on ML practice advice. Write a brief summary (1 page) explaining the quantities in the lecture and the advice.

PROBLEM 8 [20 points]

DHS ch6, Pb1
Show that if the transfer function of the hidden units is linear, a three-layer network is equivalent to a two-layer one. Explain why, therefore, that a three-layer network with linear hidden units cannot solve a non-linearly separable problem such as XOR or n-bit parity.

PROBLEM 9 [extra credit]

For a function f(x1,x2,..., xn) with real values, the "Hessian" is the matrix of partial second derivatives

Consider the log-likelihood function for logistic regression

Show that its Hessian matrix H is negative semidefinite, i.e. for any vector z satisfies

Remark: This fact is sometimes written H 0 and implies the log-likelihood function is concave.


PROBLEM 10 [extra credit]

Run Logistic Regression on the two datasets, but using Newton's numerical method instead of Gradient Descent. An intro to Newton's method can be found in Andrew Ng's notes