The course is open to all PhD students at Columbia University. Space
permitting, it is open to Masters students and undergraduates. We
hope and expect that any qualified student will be able to take the
To apply for the course, please join the waiting list, fill out the
survey (forthcoming), and come to the first lecture.
Topics and readings
Below are the topics of the class and some readings about each. (These
topics and readings are subject to change.)
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)