Gov 2018: Syllabus and Weekly Schedules

Class Time & Location:

  • W 9:45-11:45 in CGIS K354

Section Time & Location:

  • W 6-7 pm, Th 5-6 pm in CGIS K050 with Ruofan
  • M 5-6pmn in CGIS K031 with Yuning

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Introduction to ML

  • [Week 1] Review
    • Reading:
      • Hal R. Varian. 2014. "Big Data: New Tricks for Econometrics" Journal of Economic Perspectives 28(2), 3-28
      • Athey, S. (2018). The impact of machine learning on economics. In The economics of artificial intelligence: An agenda (pp. 507-547). University of Chicago Press.
    • Slides: Intro_1 \\ Intro_2
  • [Week 2] Supervised Learning: Classification
  • [Week 3] Supervised Learning: Regression
  • [Week 4] Supervised Learning: Shrinkage and Regularzation
  • [Week 5] Over-fitting, model selection and cross validation
  • [Week 6] Unsupervised learning: Dimension reduction

Computing

We’ll use R in this class to conduct data analysis. R is free, open source, and available on all major platforms (including Solaris, so no excuses). RStudio (also free) is a graphical interface to R that is widely used to work with the R language. You can find a virtually endless set of resources for R and RStudio on the internet. For beginners, there are several web-based tutorials. In these, you will be able to learn the basic syntax of R. We’ll post more R resources on the course website. We will also provide updates later in the semester about providing students with access to advanced compute facilities for final projects.

Accessibility

Harvard University values inclusive excellence and providing equal educational opportunities for all students. Our goal is to remove barriers for disabled students related to inaccessible elements of instruction or design in this course. If reasonable accommodations are necessary to provide access, please contact the Disability Access Office (DAO). Accommodations do not alter fundamental requirements of the course and are not retroactive. Students should request accommodations as early as possible, since they may take time to implement. Students should notify DAO at any time during the semester if adjustments to their communicated accommodation plan are needed.

Mental Health

Graduate school (and college) is a stressful time in one’s life and mixing it with a global pandemic, remote learning, and dislocation makes this one of the most fraught time any of us have probably faced. Please just get in touch if you are in need of support. Of course, there are other resources at Harvard if you need them. A few are listed below:

Office Hours:

Connor Jerzak: Walk-in OH Wed 1:35-2:35+ pm (CGIS S223) Naijia Liu Ruofan Ma Yuning Liu