TDT4173 - Machine Learning


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 35/100
Project 50/100
Individual assignment 15/100

Course content

The course gives an introduction to the principles and methods for automatic learning in computer systems. Classical syntax-based learning methods as well as more knowledge-intensive methods are described. Main empahsis is on symbolic methods, where explicit concepts and relationships are learned. Statistical generalizations, time series methods, ensemble methods, and deep learning are also included. The strengths and weaknesses of various methods are discussed. Learning methods in case-based reasoning is integrated with problem solving within the CBR cycle. Numerical and cognitive models for similarity asessment will be discussed, together with different learning system architectures. Methods that combine case-based and generalisation-based inferences will be discussed as well.

Learning outcome

The aim of the course is to introduce principles of machine learning methods in general, to give an understanding of basic mechanisms underlying various specific methods. In case-based reasoning the integration of learning and problem solving is focused.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, group work, colloquia, self study, exercises.

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a method paper (35%), an individual assignment (review/quiz/etc.) (15%) and a final project (50%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. In the case that the student receives an F/Fail as a final grade, then the student must retake the course in its entirety.

Course materials

Text book:

  • Tom Mitchell: Machine learning, McGraw Hill, 1997.
  • Michael M. Richer and Rosina Weber: Case-Based Reasoning, Springer, 2013.

Selected papers.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IT3704 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
MNFIT374 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
MNFIT374 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Industrial Economics
  • Information Security
  • Informatics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Computer Science


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 35/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Individual assignment 15/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Project 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

More on examinations at NTNU