SF2526 Numerical algorithms for data-intensive science 7.5 credits

Numeriska algoritmer för vetenskapliga problem med stora datamängder

Due to a great and increasing importance in relevance of large-scale data in various fields in science and technology, there is a need to understand the computational approaches used to analyze, understand and extract information from large amounts of data. The course gives an introduction to the use of many efficient numerical algorithms associated arising in problems in the analysis of large amounts of data. We use mathematical and numerical tools to study problems and algorithms.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course is mainly focused on the algorithmic and practical computational aspects in the following blocks.

  • Numerical algorithms for data-intensive least squares problems
  • Numerical algorithms for large graphs, networks and clustering
  • Numerical algorithms for distance measures and classification

Intended learning outcomes *

After completing the course, the student will be familiar with important numerical methods and algorithms used to analyze data and describe when they are useful.

  • The student should be able to independently identify and formulate the problems data-oriented problem classes presented in the course.
  • The student will be select an appropriate algorithm to use to the solve the problems.
  • The student should be able to describe algorithm properties and associate them with specific problem properties
  • The student will be able to derive new variants and methods based generalizing methods in the course.

Course Disposition

  • Lectures 
  • Laborations 

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Basic course in numerical analysis and computer science. 

Single course students: 90 university credits including 45 university credits in Mathematics or Information Technology.  English B, or equivalent

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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 3.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Exam, 4.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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Other requirements for final grade *

  • Laborations completed (LABA)
  • Written Exam completed (TEN1)

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Elias Jarlebring

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Second cycle

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Elias Jarlebring (eliasj@kth.se)

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.