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Announcements for Week 11 (week of November 20, 2022)

Happy Thanksgiving week! Here are schedule notes to be aware of.

  • Exercises 11 are due by 9am Monday, Nov. 21 before recitations. Recitation 11 on Monday, Nov. 21 will be held as usual.

  • Lab 11 on Wednesday, Nov. 23 (just before break) will be held as usual. Checkoffs can be finished by Monday, Nov. 28 at 11pm in Sunday or Monday office hours for full checkoff points.

  • Homework 10 will be due on Wednesday, Nov. 23 as usual.

  • Homework 11 will issue on Monday, Nov. 21 as usual, and be due Wednesday, Nov. 30 as usual. However, it will be shorter than the typical homework.

  • There will be no office hours on Wednesday, Nov. 23 or Thursday, Nov. 24. The Sunday, Nov. 27 (virtual) office hours will be held as usual.

  • Note to cross-registered students: we follow MIT's calendar, and don't have additional extensions or accommodations based on home university calendar. Especially important will be for you to plan ahead for the 6.390 final exam, in-person at 9am on Tuesday, Dec. 20; we will not have an earlier option.

Announcements for Week 10 (week of November 13, 2022)

  • Checkoffs for Lab for week 9 are due by Monday, Nov. 14 at 11pm.

  • Homework for week 9 is due by Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 11pm.

  • Exercises for week 10 are due by 9am Monday morning before recitations on Nov. 14.

  • Labs for week 10 will be held on Wednesday Nov. 16 at the usual times and locations.

  • Homework for week 10 will release on the morning of Monday, Nov. 14. It will be due as usual on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 11pm (just before Thanksgiving).

  • For your Thanksgiving holiday planning, here are some schedule notes to be aware of:

    • Recitation 11 on Monday, Nov. 21 will be held as usual.
    • Lab 11 on Wednesday, Nov. 23 (just before break) will be held as usual.
    • Homework 10 will be due on Wednesday, Nov. 23 as usual.
    • Homework 11 will issue on Monday, Nov. 21 as usual, and be due Wednesday, Nov. 30 as usual. However, it will be shorter than the typical homework.
    • There will be no office hours on Wednesday, Nov. 23 or Thursday, Nov. 24. The Sunday, Nov. 27 (virtual) office hours will be held as usual.

Announcements for Week 9 (week of November 6, 2022)

Announcements for Week 8 (week of October 30, 2022)

Midterm Results

  • The midterm page has been revised (as of Oct. 27 evening) with information about the midterm results.

Announcements for Midterm Week (week of October 23, 2022)

  • The midterm exam will be held 7:30-9:30pm on Wednesday, Oct. 26. If you have not already signed up for a room, please go to Walker (50-340) because 6-120 is now full.

  • Office hours will be held as usual this week, except no office hours on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

  • No recitation on Monday, Oct. 24, and no lab on Wednesday, Oct. 26

  • Check-off completion for week 7 Lab is due the week after the midterm, on Monday, Oct. 31 at 9pm.

  • Homework for week 7 is due the week after the midterm, on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 11pm.

  • Exercises for week 8 will release on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 9am, and will be due as usual on Monday, Oct. 31 at 9am before recitation.

Announcements for Week 7 (week of October 16, 2022)

  • The midterm exam will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 26: you should review midterm logistics, including about selecting your midterm room, Oct. 19 deadline for requesting conflict exam or accommodations, and practice midterms.

  • Checkoffs for Lab for week 6 are due by Monday, Oct. 17 at 9pm.

  • Homework for week 6 is due by Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 11pm.

  • Exercises for week 7 are due by 9am Monday morning before recitations on Oct. 17.

  • Labs for week 7 will be held on Wednesday Oct. 19 at the usual times and locations.

  • Homework for week 7 will release on the morning of Monday, Oct. 17. It will be due the week after the midterm, on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 11pm.

Announcements for Week 6 (week of October 9, 2022)

  • Remember that office hour schedules are adjusted for the holiday:

    • No office hours on Sunday, Oct. 9 and Monday, Oct. 10
    • The office hours on Tuesday, Oct. 11 (3-5pm and 7-9pm) will be Virtual rather than in 32-044.
  • The midterm exam will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 26: you should review midterm logistics, including about selecting your midterm room, deadline for requesting conflict exam or accommodations, and practice midterms.

  • Checkoffs for Lab for week 5 are due by Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 9pm.

  • Homework for week 5 is due by Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 11pm.

  • Exercises for week 6 are due by 9am Wednesday morning before lab on Oct. 12.

  • Labs for week 6 will be held on Wednesday Oct. 12 at the usual times and locations.

  • Homework for week 6 will release on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 12. It will be due Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 11pm.

Schedule Adjustments for Indigenous People's Day

Related to the Institute Holiday on Monday, Oct. 10, and student class holiday on Tuesday, Oct. 11, please be aware of the following differences in our usual 6.390 weekly schedule:

  • No recitation for week 6 (i.e., no recitation on Monday, Oct. 10).

  • Checkoffs for Lab for week 5 are due by Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 9pm.

  • Exercises for week 6 are due by 9am on Wednesday, Oct. 12 (in preparation for lab 6 that day).

  • Office hour schedules are adjusted:

    • No office hours on Sunday, Oct. 9 and Monday, Oct. 10
    • The office hours on Tuesday, Oct. 11 (3-5pm and 7-9pm) will be Virtual rather than in 32-044.

Announcements for Week 5 (week of October 2, 2022)

  • We have released a progress page for a summarizing view of your on-going assignment completion and attendance.

  • Thursday 1-3pm Office Hours location will change to 36-155 (due to a room reservation conflict), starting this week. Checkoff/help requests during these times will still be routed to the 32-044 queue. We're sorry about the change and inconvenience.

  • The Registrar has posted the MIT Final Exams Schedule for Fall 2022. The 6.390 final will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 9am to noon, in Dupont Gym. The Registrar will also schedule a Conflict Exam for 6.390, and will announce that schedule after Drop Date. For cross-registered 6.390 students who have a schedule conflict with the Dec. 20 exam, we expect to make the 6.390 conflict exam time (as scheduled by the MIT Registrar) available as well.

  • Checkoffs for Lab for week 4 are due by Monday, Oct. 3 at 9pm.

  • Homework for week 4 is due by Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 11pm.

  • Exercises for week 5 have been released (as of Wednesday, Sept. 28). Remember that they are due 9am Monday morning before recitation on Oct. 3.

  • Homework for week 5 will release on the morning of Monday, Oct. 3. It will be due Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 11pm.

  • We have enabled psetpartners.mit.edu for 6.390, for those of you interested in being matched up with other classmates to work on problem sets (homeworks). The next match date for 6.390 is Friday, Oct. 7.

Announcements for Week 4 (week of September 25, 2022)

  • The Registrar has posted the MIT Final Example Exams Schedule for Fall 2022. The 6.390 final will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 9am to noon, in Dupont Gym. The Registrar will also schedule a Conflict Exam for 6.390, and will announce that schedule after Drop Date. For cross-registered 6.390 students who have a schedule conflict with the Sept. Dec. 20 exam, we expect to make the 6.390 conflict exam time (as scheduled by the MIT Registrar) available as well.

  • Checkoffs for Lab for week 3 are due by Monday, Sept. 26 at 9pm.

  • Homework for week 3 is due by Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 11pm.

  • Exercises for week 4 have been released (as of Wednesday, Sept. 21). Remember that they are due 9am Monday morning before recitation on Sept. 26.

  • Homework for week 4 will release on the morning of Monday, Sept. 26. It will be due Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 11pm.

  • We have enabled psetpartners.mit.edu for 6.390, for those of you interested in being matched up with other classmates to work on problem sets (homeworks). The next match date for 6.390 is Friday, Sept. 30.

Announcements for Week 3 (week of September 18, 2022)

  • Note: Related to earlier catsoop outages, the Homework 2 due date (usually 11pm) is extended to Sept. 21, 2022 at midnight.

  • Section 2 has been merged into Section 1 (for both recitations on Mondays and labs on Wednesdays), meeting at 9:30-11:00am in 34-501. If you were previously in Section 2 at 9:30-11am in 32-044, please start coming to 34-501 instead, starting Monday, Sept. 19.

  • Checkoffs for Lab for week 2 are due by Monday, Sept. 19 at 9pm.

  • Homework for week 2 is due by Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 11pm.

  • Exercises for week 3 have been released (as of Wednesday, Sept. 14). Remember that they are due 9am Monday morning before recitation on Sept. 19.

  • Homework for week 3 will release on the morning of Monday, Sept. 19. It will be due Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 11pm.

  • We have enabled psetpartners.mit.edu for 6.390, for those of you interested in being matched up with other classmates to work on problem sets (homeworks). The next match date for 6.390 is Friday, Sept. 23.

Announcements for Week 2 (week of September 11, 2022)

  • Pro tip: keep an eye out for 6.390 announcements on the 6.390 Home Page, and use the Calendar for release and access to all of the assignments and content.

  • Office Hours start on Sunday, Sept. 11.

  • We have enabled psetpartners.mit.edu for 6.390, for those of you interested in being matched up with other classmates to work on problem sets (homeworks). It looks like the next match date for 6.390 is Friday, Sept. 16.

  • If you missed the Lab for week 1 on Wednesday, Sept. 7, do not worry; you can still work the questions on the lab (and also complete the research survey at the end of the lab) and have a checkoff in Office Hours for full credit before the lab checkoff due date of Monday, Sept. 12 at 9pm.

  • Homework for week 1 is due by Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 11pm.

  • Exercises for week 2 have been released (as of Wednesday, Sept. 7). Remember that they are due 9am Monday morning before recitation on Sept. 12.

  • Homework for week 2 will release on the morning of Monday, Sept. 12. It will be due Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 11pm.

Announcements for Week 1 (week of September 6, 2021)

Welcome to 6.390 Introduction to Machine Learning (Fall 2022)

We're very much looking forward to working with you all this fall! 6.390 introduces principles, algorithms, and applications of machine learning from the point of view of modeling and prediction; formulation of learning problems; representation, over-fitting, generalization; classification, regression, reinforcement-learning, sequence learning, clustering; classical and neural-network methods.

Section Assignments and First Class Meeting -- Wed. September 7 Lab

Our first class meeting with be Lab 1 on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

If you pre-registered for 6.390 (before Sept. 2), the Registrar likely scheduled you into a particular recitation and lab section. You can see your assigned section under "Section Signup" on the Canvas site for 6.390. If you registered later and don't have a section, please choose one using "Section Signup". In addition, if you need to change your permanent section assignment, you can self-switch into another section with "Section Signup", subject to section capacity constraints.

If at all possible, please attend the section shown on Canvas.

Prerequisites

The prerequisites for 6.390 are passing (6.1010 [6.009] or 6.1210 [6.006]) and (18.06 or 18.C06). For the transition this year to the new prerequisites, we will allow 18.03 to serve for the (18.06 or 18.C06) prerequisite. These prerequisites are strictly enforced. You will not be allowed to submit assignments in the fall if you have not completed these by the start of the semester, even if you have registered for the subject.

Course Number Change

Starting in fall 2022, all Course 6 subjects have been renumbered (rationale and details can be found here). This subject used to be called 6.036; moving forward, we will refer to it internally as 6.390 ("six three-nine-oh"). But for registration purposes, please register for 6.3900 (note the extra zero).

Recitations

In Fall 2022, rather than having a single large lecture, we will instead have sections that meet twice per week, on Monday and Wednesday. The Monday section meeting will be Recitation, focused on discussing examples and working through interesting problems. The Wednesday section meeting will be a Lab assignment that you work through with a student partner and get in-lab checkoffs on.

Seven sections will be offered:

  • Section 1: 9:30am-11am in 34-501 with Duane Boning
  • Section 2: 9:30am-11am in 32-044 with Vince Monardo
  • Section 3: 11am-12:30pm in 34-501 with Tamara Broderick
  • Section 4: 11am-12:30pm in 32-044 with Tess Smidt
  • Section 5: 1pm-2:30pm in 34-501 with Shen Shen
  • Section 6: 1pm-2:30pm in 32-044 with Vince Monardo
  • Section 7: 2:30pm-4pm in 32-044 with David Sontag

Recitations will be at the specified location and time on Mondays, and will be synchronous and required. You may only attend your officially assigned Recitation section. Your Lab section number (and meeting time and location) will be the same as your Recitation section number, on the following Wednesday. If you are sick, please do not attend recitation or lab; for illness or personal situations, see the guidelines below.

Exercises

Online exercises (available and completed through the course website) will be due each Monday by 9:00am Eastern, based on weekly online readings. The intention is for you to read the lecture notes and do these exercises, so as to maximize the value of your participation in the recitation itself and to begin learning the material in advance of the next lab and homework.

Lab Sections

Each student must attend a weekly 1.5 hour lab session on Wednesday. You must attend the same section for recitation and lab. The lab session will be synchronous and required. We will be using the lab to engage students with each other in small teams (typically two to three students per team) and with staff, to explore fundamental concepts in advance of individual work in the homeworks.

You may only attend your officially assigned lab section. Typically, each lab will require a "checkoff" --a brief discussion with a staff member on the topic of the assigned problems. The checkoff is generally expected to be completed by the end of the lab section meeting; however, the checkoff can be completed by the lab deadline (generally Monday 9pm Eastern after the lab section) in office hours without late penalty. If you are sick, please do not attend lab; For illness or personal situations, see the guidelines below.

Homework

Homework is generally released each Monday at 9am Eastern, and is due online (through the course website) the following Wednesday at 11pm Eastern.

Office Hours

Information on Office Hours will be posted nearer to their start date, currently planned for Sunday, Sept. 11.

Piazza

We will use Piazza as the course discussion forum where you can ask questions and get them answered by the course staff.

Midterm and Final Exam

The Midterm Exam will be held on Wednesday October 26, 2022 from 7:30pm-9:30pm Eastern. It is an in-person, written exam. There will be a Final Exam scheduled by the Registrar during Finals Period.

Temporary Section Switches

In occasional, well-justified cases, you may switch sections for the week. To do so, please contact 6.390-sections@mit.edu three days in advance.

Illness and Personal Issues

If you are sick you should not attend recitation, lab, or in-person office hours -- we will excuse attendance points for illness so you will not be penalized; contact 6.390-personal@mit.edu for consideration. Also, if you have personal issues impacting your attendance, or other personal difficulties affecting your progress on assignments, please see a Dean in Student Support Services, and then you and the Dean should contact the 6.390 Instructor in Charge (Prof. Duane Boning) and Course Admin (Taylor Braun) at 6.390-personal@mit.edu for assistance and handling of the situation. Please do NOT email any of the course staff directly.

Disabilities and Accommodations

We are committed to the principle of equal access, and we are more than willing to make arrangements to help accommodate students with disabilities or related challenges. In general, knowing about the kind of help you need earlier in the semester means that we'll be better prepared to provide that help effectively, in coordination with Disability and Access Services. If you have a disability and are not planning to use accommodations, it is still recommended that you meet with DAS staff to familiarize yourself with their services and resources. If you have been approved for accommodations by DAS, 6.390 staff are ready to assist with implementation. Please send these approved requests to 6.390-personal@mit.edu to inform us, and we will work to implement these accommodations.

Listeners

Due to capacity and other constraints, we will not accept Listener registrants in 6.390 this semester.