[Note: some of these topics (and many of these links) will change, reflecting updates, improvements, and adaptation to the interests of this year's students.]
Week  
1.  9/12++  Overview & organization Mathematical background 

Placement test, to be completed in class. If you miss the first class, please fill this out and return to Laurel Sweeney at IRCS. Instructions: there are 20 questions whose answers should be obvious if you know and remember the material, and impossible otherwise. Don't spend more than 10 minutes on it. If you don't know the answer to a question, leave it blank rather than guessing.We don't expect you to know all this materials, or even a majority of it. The point is to give us a sense of who needs (or doesn't need) help with what.


2a  Lab session  Ed Neuman's Matlab tutorials #1, #2, #3  Problem set #1 

2b  Lecture:  Linear algebra review  
3a  Lecture:  Variance and covariance Classifying multivariate data 

3b  Lab session  Problem set #2 HW2 hints (.m file to start you off) The same hints for Octave rather than Matlab (explanation of the differences) Solution (matlab version) 

4a  Lecture:  Introduction to Subspace Methods  
4b  Lab Session  Problem set #3  
5a  Lecture: Linear shiftinvariant systems  
5b  Lab session  Problem set #4  
6a  Lecture: The discrete fourier transform  Towards the Discrete Fourier Transform 

6b  Lab session  Problem set #5  
7a  Lecture  FIR & IIR Filters Poles, zeros and the ztransform 

Problem set #6  
8  Reading  James Hillenbrand, Laura A. Getty, Michael J. Clark, and Kimberlee Wheeler, "Acoustic Characteristics of American English Vowels", JASA 1995  
Problem set #7  
Original data from Hillenbrand et al. 1995 [Discussion and code] 

Simple models of speech community dynamics Hariharan Narayanan and Partha Niyogi, "Language Evolution, Coalescent Processes, and the Consensus Problem on a Social Network" 