CH5019 Mathematical Foundations of Data Science


The course will introduce students to the fundamental mathematical concepts required for a program in data science

Course Contents:

  1. Basics of Data Science: Introduction; Typology of problems; Importance of linear algebra, statistics and optimization from a data science perspective; Structured thinking for solving data science problems.
  2.  Linear Algebra: Matrices and their properties (determinants, traces, rank, nullity, etc.); Eigenvalues and eigenvectors; Matrix factorizations; Inner products; Distance measures; Projections; Notion of hyperplanes; half-planes.
  3. Probability, Statistics and Random Processes: Probability theory and axioms; Random variables; Probability distributions and density functions (univariate and multivariate); Expectations and moments; Covariance and correlation; Statistics and sampling distributions; Hypothesis testing of means, proportions, variances and correlations; Confidence (statistical) intervals; Correlation functions; White-noise process.
  4. Optimization: Unconstrained optimization; Necessary and sufficiency conditions for optima; Gradient descent methods; Constrained optimization, KKT conditions; Introduction to non-gradient techniques; Introduction to least squares optimization; Optimization view of machine learning.5. Introduction to Data Science Methods: Linear regression as an exemplar function approximation problem; Linear classification problems.

Text Books:

  1. G. Strang (2016). Introduction to Linear Algebra, Wellesley-Cambridge Press, Fifth edition, USA.
  2. Bendat, J. S. and A. G. Piersol (2010). Random Data: Analysis and Measurement Procedures. 4th Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., NY, USA:
  3.   Montgomery, D. C. and G. C. Runger (2011). Applied Statistics and Probability for Engineers. 5th Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., NY, USA:
  4. David G. Luenberger (1969). Optimization by Vector Space Methods, John Wiley & Sons (NY)

 Reference Books:

  1. Cathy O’Neil and Rachel Schutt (2013). Doing Data Science, O’Reilly Media