The course is open to all PhD students at Columbia University. Space
permitting, it is open to Masters students and undergraduates.
It is also open to all students for auditing. If you wish to audit
the course, please make sure to enroll on the Piazza site (see
If you are not affiliated with Columbia, and wish to audit the course,
then you need an invitation to join the Piazza site. Please fill out
survey for auditors
to receive the invitation.
Topics and readings
Below are the topics of the class and some readings about each. (Some
readings are not yet set.)
The readings are at different levels: some are basic and some are
advanced. We chose them to provide fundamental and other interesting
material about the topics; the lectures will not necessarily cover or
follow all of this material.
"Build, compute, critique, repeat: Data analysis with latent
variable models" (Blei, 2014)