Due on: Friday, JUNE 25th at 23:59 PST
Where: Brightspace (https://bright.uvic.ca/d2l/ho…
Instructions: >? You must complete this assignment entirely on your own. In other words, you should come up
with the solution yourself, write the code yourself, conduct the experiments yourself, analyze the
results yourself, and finally, write it all solely by yourself. The university policies on academic
dishonesty (a.k.a. cheating) will be taken very seriously.
? This does not mean that you need to go to a cave and selfisolate while preparing the assignment.
You are allowed to have highlevel discussions with your classmates about the course material.
You are also more than welcome to use Piazza or come to office hours and ask questions. If in
doubt, ask!— we are here to help.
? If you are still stuck, you can use books and published online material (i.e., material that has a
fixed URL). However, you must explicitly credit all sources. You are also not allowed
to copypaste online materials. Woe to you if we catch you copypasting the uncredited
sources!
– Why “if stuck”? Assignments are designed to develop your practical ML skills and make
you strong. If you do the assignments well, the project will feel like a piece of cake. So,
give your best. But, on the other hand, do not waste a whole week on a single question:
if you are stuck on a question for a few days, ask (us) for help!
? If you cannot make it until the deadline, you can use a maximum of two grace days per
assignment. They are not free, though: each grace day comes with the 25% mark penalty
(so submitting on Monday evening would reduce your score by 25%; submitting on Tuesday
would further reduce it by 50%). No other accommodations will be provided unless explicitly
approved by the instructor at least 7 days before the deadline.
? These assignments are supposed to be really hard! Start early! You will need at least
two weeks to complete them!
– If you do not feel challenged enough, please let me know, and I’ll think of something.
? Remember: you will need to gather at least onethird of all points during the assign
ments to pass the course. If you don’t, you will get an F!
? Make sure to follow the technical requirements outlined below. TAs have the full power to take
50% off your grade if you disregard some of them.
? Be sure that your answers are clear and easy for TAs to understand. They can penalize you if
your solutions lack clarity or are convoluted (in a nonalgebraic way), even if they are nominally
correct.
? We will try to grade your assignments within seven (7) days of the initial submission deadline.
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any such problems. After that, your grade is set in stone.
Technical matters:
? You must type up your analysis and solutions electronically and submit them as a selfcontaining
Jupyter notebook. Jupyter notebooks can contain code, its output, and images. They can also
be used to type math and proofs in LATEX mode.
– You must use LATEX mode to type formulas. Typing a?2=sqrt(3)+b1 is a pretty good
way to lose 50% of your grade for no good reason.
? Each problem should be submitted as a separate file.
? Each file should be named SurnameInitial N.ipynb, where N is two digitpadded problem
number. Correct: SmithJ 05.ipynb. Incorrect: JohnSmith V12345 Problem 1.ipynb,
prob1.pdf etc.
? Zip all ipynb files and submit them as assignment1.zip to the Brightspace. Do not submit
RAR, TAR, 7zip, SHAR and whatnot; just use good ol’ ZIP. Do not include other files.
? The first cell of each Jupyter notebook must start with your name and V number. See the
attached notebook for the details.
? Your notebook should be organized sequentially according to the problem statement. Use
sections (with the appropriate numbers and labels) within the notebook. Figures and relevant
code should be placed in the proper location in the document.
? Notebook code must be runnable! Ideally, all answers will be the output of a code cell.
? You must use Python 3 to complete the assignments. Feel free to use NumPy and pandas as
you find it fit. Use SciPy, scikitlearn, and other nonstandard libraries only when explicitly
allowed to do so.
? Your first executable cell should set the random seed to 1337 to ensure the reproducibility of
your results. For Numpy/SciPy and pandas, use numpy.random.seed(1337); otherwise, use
random.seed(1337).
? Document your code! Use either Markdown cells or Python comments to let us know what you
have done!
? Finally, be concise! We do not appreciate long essays that amount to basically nothing.
This assignment consists of 4 problems. Some are intended only for graduate students (those
taking CSC 503), and are labelled as such. Some contain bonus sections: you can use bonus points
to improve your overall homework score. Bonus points cannot be transferred to other assignments or
the final project. Any graduatelevel problem counts as a bonus problem for undergraduate students.
Some problems are purposefully openended. Whatever you think the correct answer is, make
sure to support it with code and data.
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Problem 1. The American Handwriting [40 points]
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology collected digital images of the digits written
by high school students and the U.S. Census Bureau employees over the years. These images serve
as the basis of the extremely popular MNIST dataset that is commonly used to benchmark machine
learning classifiers.
Wouldn’t it be a good idea to play with that dataset? To do so, install Keras and load the MNIST
dataset as follows:
from keras.datasets import mnist
(train_X, train_y), (test_X, test_y) = mnist.load_data()
Now, let’s see how we can use neural networks to classify these images.
 Calculate the gradient of the softmax function: f(x) I = exi∑ j ex j
 [Simple; 10 points] Implement a simple onelayered neural network from scratch (using only
NumPy). The implementation should include the forward propagation (i.e. prediction), and
the backpropagationpowered gradient descent for training the network. Feel free to select
the number of nodes in the hidden layer yourself (it must be, however, greater than 10; the
recommended value is 128). Each hidden node should use the sigmoid activation function.
The output layer should use the softmax activation function to produce the final 10 values
(probabilities of each digit). You can use either classical or stochastic gradient descent. Learning
rate and the number of iterations are also up to you; you can experiment with {0.001, 0.01, 0.1}
to get a sense of the best learning rate.
Plot the network’s accuracy (or error) on test data as the number of iterations increases. Does
it keep raising (falling) with the number of gradient descent iterations?  [Keras; 5 points] Now use Keras to model and train the exact same network. Faster, slower?
Better?  [ReLU; 5 points] This time, use the ReLU activation functions instead of the sigmoids. What
happens?  [Dropout; 5 points] Now add two hidden layers. You should end up with a threelayer deep
neural network. Use Keras to model the network and add dropout to each layer. Further
more, use L2 regularization for the training objective. Use crossvalidation to select the best
regularization and dropout hyperparameters. How much improvement did you get?  [Convolution; 5 points] Use Keras to model and train a simple convolutional network with
one convolutional layer, one pooling layer, and one fully connected layer. You are free to pick
any hyperparameters you want: play with the data and provide some justification behind your
hyperparameter selection. How much improvement did you get, if any?  [Mugshots; 5 points] Display nine images of your choice that were consistently misclassified by all of the above models (if there are no such images, pick at least those that were mis classified most of the time). You can plot an image via Matplotlib.pyplot.imShow (image, cmap= ‘Gray’). Would you be able to classify those images yourself or not? Why? 3 It goes without saying: for each model, provide the corresponding training and test errors with the metrics of your choice. Bonus [5 points]: Use the leaky ReLU activation function for your artisan neural network you made from scratch ([Simple]). Any improvements? Problem 2. Support machines [20 points] We have seen in the class how to use support vector machines to perform binary Classification. Let’s now see how they work in practice by playing with the Sklearn’s SVM implementation.
 [Hard; 5 points] Select all images corresponding to ones and sevens from the MNIST dataset,
and train a hardmargin SVM classifier that classifies if an image depicts 1 or 7. How good is
it? Can it even be done?  [Soft; 5 points] Now train a softmargin SVM classifier for the same problem. Use cross
validation to select the best value of C. Did you achieve better results?  [Kernel; 5 points] Try the following kernels with the best softmargin model and see which one is the best: (a) polynomial kernel of various degrees; (b) The Gaussian kernel with various values of σ (also known as radial basis function kernel); and (c) linear kernel. So far, We’ve only used SVMS for binary for binary classification. But did you know that they can be used for multiclass classification as well? One common way to do it is by using allvsall (AVA) classification trick: train n(n? 1) binary classifiers fi,j that distinguish between the pairs of classes i and j (if you have, of course, N different classes). Then, you can classify an example x as: f(x) = arg Max I ∑ j fi,j(x).
 [AVA; 5 points] Use the bestperforming SVM model thus far to implement the multiclass AVA classification for all digits at once. Once done, plot the confusion matrix (heatmap) of all n2 classifiers. Again, for each model, make sure to provide the training and test errors in the metrics of your choice. Problem 3. Pigs, begone! [20 points] Let’s get rid of those annoying spam texts! First, get the SMS dataset from https://archive.ics. uci.edu/ml/machinelearningdatabases/00228/. This dataset consists of short SMS messages and their class (spam or ham, where ham is not spam). Represent each message as a bag of words, and use these bags of words to train your Na ive Bayes classifier to predict if a message is a spam or not. Use 70/30% split for the training/test data. How good is your simple classifier? 4 Problem 4. UberSVM [20 points; only for CSC 503] Sometimes it is worth using different slack variables for different classes in the softmargin SVM formulation. For example, we will use this trick if the datasets are not balanced, or if it is more important to correctly classify one class instead of the other. More formally, for a binary classification problem between two classes + and ?, we would like to optimize the following function: Min w, 1 2 lots lots w b

 C+ ∑ I: Yi is + ξ I + C? ∑ I: yi is? ξ such that yi(w>xi + b) ≥ 1? ξ and ξi ≥ 0 for any I. Your job is to derive the Lagrangian dual formulation of this problem. WX: Codehelp