Sections
 Section 2: Tuesday's 44:50pm. In person with Alex at 194 Mercer Street, Room 206. Remote with Carles.
Section 2 & 4 material
 Section 3: Wednesday's 88:50am. Remote with Irina. Section 3 material
 Section 4: Wednesday's 10:3011:20am. In person with Alex at Meyer Hall, Room 102. Remote with Carles. Section 2 & 4 material
Links
 NYU classes: links to Zoom meetings and recording, seating assignments, link to prerecorded videos (in the 'Overview section').
 Piazza: online forum used for asking/answering questions, make announcements... Access code available on NYU classes
 Gradescope: this is where you have to upload your homeworks and do the weekly quizzes.
Contents
This course covers the basics of optimization and computational linear algebra used in Data Science.
About 66% of the lectures will be about linear algebra and ~33% about convex optimization.
The first 5 lectures will cover basic linear algebra. Then we will study applications: Markov chains and PageRank, PCA and dimensionality reduction, spectral clustering, linear regression. Lastly, we will go over convex functions, optimality conditions and gradient descent.
See the
syllabus and outline for an overview of the contents of the course.
Important: This course is "proofbased", meaning that we will prove theorems and that you will have to prove things in homeworks/exams.
Questions and feedback
I am here to help: please feel free to ask me any questions you may have, in class, during office hours or by email.
Feedback: If you have any comment or feedback on the class (it's going too fast, too slow...) please let me know (in person or through email) or submit an anonymous comment to this
Google form. Having direct feedback from you is the best way for me to try give lectures that you like!
Grading
There will be
weekly homeworks, weekly quizzes, a midterm and a final exam. Checkout the
syllabus for more details.
You will find exams from past years in the
Archive section.

Midterm: Thursday, October 29. The questions have to be downloaded from Gradescope (between 0:01AM and 9:59PM). Then you have to upload your scanned work within the next 2 hours.

Midterm review questions: review problems.
Solutions: solutions.

Midterm: midterm.
Solutions: solutions.

Final review questions: you can use
the 2018 review questions
and
the 2019 review questions
.
You will also find the final exams of the years 2018 and 2019 at the bottom of this page. There will be no fully typed solutions to the review questions and to the 2018 final (note that solutions to the 2019 final are available). However, here is are
hints for the problems
that should be enough for you to find the solutions. If you still have trouble solving some problems, please send me an email or join the office hours.

Final: Thursday, December 17. The questions have to be downloaded from Gradescope (between 0:01AM and 9:59PM). Then you have to upload your scanned work within the next 2 hours.
Grade = 40% Homework + 5% Quizzes + 20% Midterm + 35% Final. The exams are open book/notes.
Books (optional, some references are also given in the notes)
We will not follow any book. If you are looking for practice exercises, I would recommend to look at the course's archive. However, if you are looking for further development about linear algebra and optimization, you can refer to the following books:
 Strang: Introduction to Linear Algebra (there are very good lecture videos available on YouTube)
 Boyd & Vandenberghe: Introduction to applied linear algebra (available online here)
 Nocedal & Wright: Numerical Optimization (should be available online via NYU here)
 Boyd & Vandenberghe: Convex Optimization (available online here)
There are also