Lecturer:  Aad van der Vaart, Leiden University, Mathematical Institute 
Assistant:  
Contact:  Come see me in office R 2.23, or for simple questions, send email. 
Course load:  4 ECTS. 
Dates:  Lectures take place on the dates indicated below. 
Hours:  First session from 10.0016.30; later sessions from 11.15 to 15.30. 
Location:  Room 409 of the Snellius Building, Niels Bohrweg 1, Leiden. 
Examination:  To pass the course you must obtain a sufficient grade (6 or higher) on
both of the following two:

Literature:  Chapters of The Elements of Statistical Learning, 2nd edition, by Trevor Hastie, Robert Tibshirani and Jerome Friedman, SpringerVerlag 2009. This book can be downloaded for free at the above link. Alternatively, an electronic version is available as pdf through the university library, where it is also possible to order a paper copy through Springer link for 25 euros. 
If a section is included without mention of subsections (e.g. Section 2.1), this means that all subsections of that section are covered (i.e. you should also be familiar with Sections 2.1.1, 2.1.2, etc.).
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