Course Details

ELE 673 Pattern Recognition
2021-2022 Fall term information

The course is open this term
Supervisor(s):Dr. S. Esen YŁksel
OnlineTuesday09:00 - 11:45

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Course Name Code Semester Theory
Credit ECTS
PATTERN RECOGNITION ELE673 Any Semester/Year 3 0 3 8
Course languageTurkish
Course typeElective 
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-Face 
Learning and teaching strategiesLecture
Question and Answer
Instructor (s)Department Faculty 
Course objectiveIn order to equip the students with the capability to solve real-life problems in pattern recognition, this course aims to teach the following topics to the students: ? basic concepts in pattern recognition, ? basics of statistical decision theory, ? parametric and nonparametric approaches and their differences, ? other techniques used in moders pattern recognition systems, while mainly staying in the context of statistical techniques.  
Learning outcomes
  1. Know the basic concepts and approaches in pattern recognition,
  2. Know the comparative advantages and disadvantages of different approaches,
  3. Apply the techniques and algorithms s/he learnt in the class in real-life applications,
  4. Propose realistic solutions to previously unencountered pattern recognition problems,
  5. Have the adequate knowledge to follow and understand advanced up-to-date pattern recognition algorithms.
Course ContentBasics of pattern recognition: Pattern classes, features, feature extraction, classification.
Statistical decision theory, Bayes classifier, Minimax and Neyman-Pearson rules, error bounds.
Supervised learning: Probability density function estimation, maximum likelihood and Bayes estimation.
Nonparametric pattern reconition techniques: Parzen windows, nearest neighbor and k-nearest neigbor algorithms.
Discriminant analysis, least squares and relaxation algorithms.
Unsupervised learning and clustering.
Other approaches to pattern recognition.
ReferencesDuda R. O., Hart P. E., and Stork D. G., Pattern Classification, 2nd ed., John Wiley and Sons, 2001.
Webb A., Statistical pattern recognition, Oxford University Press Inc., 1999.
Theodoridis S., Koutroumbas K., Pattern recognition, Academic Press, 1999.

Course outline weekly

Week 1Basic concepts in pattern recognition
Week 2Bayesian decision theory, Error integrals, Minimax and Neyman-Pearson rules
Week 3Discriminant functions for the multivariate normal density, Error bounds for normal densities: Chernoff and Bhattacharyya bounds
Week 4Bayes decision theory for disrete features, Missing and noisy features
Week 5Parameter estimation: Maximum likelihood and Bayes estimation, The notion of sufficient statistic
Week 6Problems of dimensionality, Principle component analysis and Fisher linear discriminant analysis
Week 7Nonparametric techniques: Parzen windows
Week 8Nonparametric techniques: nearest neighbor and k-nearest neighbor algorithms, Common metrics used in pattern recognition
Week 9Midterm Exam
Week 10Linear discriminant functions and decision regions
Week 11Gradient descent methods: Perceptron algorithm, relaxation algorithms
Week 12Least squares algorithm, Support Vector machines
Week 13Unsupervised learning: Clustering algorithms, k-means clustering, Performance measures in clustering: Minimum variance and scattering criteria
Week 14General overview of non-statistical pattern recognition techniques, Decision trees, strings and grammar based methods
Week 15Preparation week for final exams
Week 16Final exam

Assesment methods

Course activitiesNumberPercentage
Field activities00
Specific practical training00
Final exam140
Percentage of semester activities contributing grade succes060
Percentage of final exam contributing grade succes040

Workload and ECTS calculation

Activities Number Duration (hour) Total Work Load
Course Duration (x14) 14 3 42
Laboratory 0 0 0
Specific practical training000
Field activities000
Study Hours Out of Class (Preliminary work, reinforcement, ect)148112
Presentation / Seminar Preparation000
Homework assignment7856
Midterms (Study duration)11010
Final Exam (Study duration) 12020
Total Workload3749240

Matrix Of The Course Learning Outcomes Versus Program Outcomes

D.9. Key Learning OutcomesContrubition level*
1. Has general and detailed knowledge in certain areas of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in addition to the required fundamental knowledge.   X 
2. Solves complex engineering problems which require high level of analysis and synthesis skills using theoretical and experimental knowledge in mathematics, sciences and Electrical and Electronics Engineering.    X
3. Follows and interprets scientific literature and uses them efficiently for the solution of engineering problems.   X 
4. Designs and runs research projects, analyzes and interprets the results.  X  
5. Designs, plans, and manages high level research projects; leads multidiciplinary projects. X   
6. Produces novel solutions for problems.   X 
7. Can analyze and interpret complex or missing data and use this skill in multidiciplinary projects.  X  
8. Follows technological developments, improves him/herself , easily adapts to new conditions.   X  
9. Is aware of ethical, social and environmental impacts of his/her work. X   
10. Can present his/her ideas and works in written and oral form effectively; uses English effectively  X  

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

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