Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Course Information

18-665SV: Advanced Probability & Statistics for Engineers




This course will help masters and undergraduate students to obtain the background necessary for excelling in courses and careers in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and related fields. We will cover basic concepts of probability prerequisite to understanding the material typically taught in a ML course. We will also cover slightly more advanced topics including Markov Chains, hypothesis testing, and maximum-likelihood estimation. The remaining part of the semester will be devoted to introducing machine learning concepts such as supervised/unsupervised learning, model identification, clustering, expectation maximization, etc. Students should be familiar with basic calculus, linear algebra. Although students in 18-465 will share lectures with students in 18-665, students in 18-465 will receive distinct homework assignments, distinct projects, and distinct exams from the ones given to students in 18-665. Specifically, the homework assignments, projects, and exams that are given to the 18-665 students will be more challenging than those given to the 18-465 students.

Last Modified: 2020-12-03 12:29PM

Current session:

This course is currently being offered.

Semesters offered:

  • Spring 2021