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CM50341: Mathematics for artificial intelligence

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Computer Science
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Exercise Sheets (CW 50%)
  • In-Class Test (CW 50%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: Students should gain an understanding of the basic topics of higher mathematics used in Artificial Intelligence research. Students will recognise when this theory can be applied in practice.

Learning Outcomes: On completion of this unit, the student should be able to:
1. perform elementary mathematical operations in probability and statistics,
2. translate real-world problems into a probabilistic or statistical framework
3. solve statistical problems in abstract form,
4. critically interpret mathematical outcomes in a real-world context,
5. relate underlying theory to requirements in practical data science.

Skills: Problem solving (T, F, A),
Computing (T, F, A),
Written communication (F, A)

Content: Example topics covered include: Mathematical notation, propositional logic, predicate logic, Set Theory, Calculus, Linear Algebra (e.g. Vector Spaces, matrix multiplication, matrix inversion (2x2), change of basis, eigenvectors, eigenvalues), Representation of Numbers (e.g. Number bases and binary arithmetic + fixed/floating point. Mathematics in research-level AI), Probability Spaces, Bayes Theorem, Random Variables, Mass and Density Functions, Distributions, Multiple Random Variables, Hypothesis Testing.

Programme availability:

CM50341 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Computer Science
  • RSCM-AFM51 : Integrated PhD Accountable, Responsible and Transparent Artificial Intelligence


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