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{\bf Math 577}\\
Lecture 2\ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \=M 4:00-5:15pm, W 3:00-4:15 MATH 102\\
Fall 2009\\
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{\bf Instructor:} \>Marek Rychlik, Professor of Mathematics\\
{\bf Office:} \>MATH 605\\
{\bf Office Hours:} \>W 10-12, W 1-2 (subject to change)\\
{\bf Phone:} \>621-6865\\
{\bf Email:} \>rychlik@u.arizona.edu\\
{\bf Instr. Webpage:} \>{\bf http://alamos.math.arizona.edu}\\
{\bf Blog:} \>{\bf http://marekrychlik.com}\\
{\bf Course Webpage:} \>{\bf http://alamos.math.arizona.edu/math577}\\
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\section*{General Information}
\subsection*{Course Description (from the Schedule of Classes):}
A selection of topics based on the MacKay's textbook including coding
theory, information theory, data compression, Bayesian inference and
neural networks.
\subsection*{Text:} David MacKay, {\em Information Theory, Inference and
Learning Algorithms}, Cambridge University Press, 2003.
\subsection*{Attendance:}
Students are expected to attend every scheduled class and to be
familiar with the University Class Attendance policy as it appears in
the General Catalog. It is the student’s responsibility to keep
informed of any announcements, syllabus adjustments or policy changes
made during scheduled classes. Students are expected to behave in
accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and the Code of Academic
Integrity. The guiding principle of academic integrity is that a
student's submitted work must be the student's own. University
policies can be found at {\bf http://dos.web.arizona.edu/uapolicies}.
Students who miss the first two class meeting will be administratively
dropped unless they have made other arrangements.
\subsection*{Homework, Projects and Experiments:}
Homework and projects will be assigned throughout the semester.
The student is expected to give a number of in-class presentations
of solutions to selected problems in the book.
Homework and projects count for 50\% of the grade.
Some homework will involve programming in MATLAB.
\subsection*{In-Class Exams:}
In lieu of the final exam, the student is expected to deliver
a talk on a subject agreed upon with the instructor, related
to one of the topics covered in class, and of sufficient
depth to involve several techniques covered in class.
This talk is worth up to 50\% of the grade.
\section*{Additional Course Policies}
\subsection*{Students with disabilities:}
If you anticipate issues related to the format or requirements of this
course, please meet with your instructor to discuss ways to ensure
your full participation in the course. If you determine that formal,
disability-related accommodations are necessary, it is very important
that you be registered with Disability Resources (621-3268;
drc.arizona.edu).You should notify your instructor of your eligibility
for reasonable accommodations by January 30, 2009.You and your
instructor can then plan how best to coordinate your accommodations.
\subsection*{Students withdrawing from the course:}
If you withdraw from the course by Septenber 4, the course will be
deleted from your enrollment record. If you withdraw from the course
by September 21, you will receive a grade of W. The University allows
withdrawals after September 21, but only with the Dean’s signature. Late
withdraws will be dealt with on a case by case basis, and requests for
late withdraw with a W without a valid reason may or may not be
honored.
\subsection*{Incompletes:}
The grade of I will be awarded if all of the following conditions are met:
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\item The student has completed all but a small portion of the required work.
\item The student has scored at least 50% on the work completed.
\item The student has a valid reason for not completing the course on time.
\item The student agrees to make up the material in a short period of time.
\item The student asks for the incomplete before grades are due, 48
hours after the final exam.
\end{enumerate}
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