CS4646 Spring 2018

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Undergraduate Syllabus

Note that you are on the syllabus page for the undergraduate on-campus MLT class, CS 4646. This syllabus does not apply to the graduate class, CS 7646.


You are on the page for information specific to the Spring 2018 session of CS 4646. Go here (Undergrad_ML4T) for overall course policies.

Schedule & Forum

  • Project Deadlines: All projects are due Sunday night at 11:55 PM Eastern US Time. Projects are due at the end of the week in which they are listed. For example, Project 1 (assess a portfolio) is listed as due in Week 3, meaning Sunday 1/28 -- the Sunday after Week 3.
  • Late Projects: As stated in class, projects will be accepted up to 24 hours late without any excuse required. Projects one second to 24 hours late will receive a -10 penalty. After 24 hours, late projects will not be accepted for any credit at all unless arrangements were made with the instructor prior to the project deadline.
  • Schedule: Subject to Change if necessary. I will give you as much notice as possible.
  • Exams: Exams are on Thursday so I can do some review on Tuesday.

Week Date (Tues) Weekly Topics Due
1 1/9 Course Overview, Python/Pandas Tutorial
2 1/16 Numpy Tutorial, Visualizing Market Data, Working with Time Series, Incomplete Data
3 1/23 ML Lexicon/Taxonomy, Evaluating Learners Project 1
4 1/30 Supervised Learning (KNN, LinReg, Decision Trees)
5 2/6 Ensembles (Bagging, Boosting), Market History, Actors Project 2
6 2/13 Order Types, Order Book, Leverage
7 2/20 Valuation, Technical Analysis, Candlestick Chart Patterns Project 3
8 2/27 Time Value of Money, CAPM, Efficient Market Hypothesis
9 3/6 Fund. Law of APM, Efficient Frontier, Review Exam 1
10 3/13 Finite Automata, MDP, Value/Policy Iteration, Drop Day (3/14) Project 4
12 3/27 Q-Learning
13 4/3 Q-Learning, Misc ML Topics or Catch-up Project 5
14 4/10 Options, Time Series Q-Learning
15 4/17 Review, Exam 2, Last regular day of class Exam 2
16 4/24 Final Instruction Days (Tuesday), Help Session on Final Project Project 6
17 5/1 Finals week, NO FINAL EXAM


Projects (60%)

Exams (40%)

  • Exam 1: 20%
  • Exam 2: 20%

Please see Piazza for exam study information


  • A: 90% and above
  • B: 80% and above
  • C: 70% and above
  • D: 60% and above
  • F: below 60%

These are hard boundaries (we round down).