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Cleveland Chapter of the ASA

Thirty-first seminar in a series on

Tools for Regaining the Competitive Edge

Dedicated to the memory of
Jerry Senturia
ASA Fellow, founder of this seminar series

Friday, May 19, 2017


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Introduction to Statistical Machine Learning and Its Applications

A One-Day Seminar Taught by

Yufeng Liu, Ph.D., ASA Fellow

About the Seminar:

Statistical machine learning is an interdisciplinary research area which is closely related to statistics, computer science, engineering, and bioinformatics. Many statistical machine learning techniques and algorithms are very useful for various scientific areas. This full day short course will provide an overview of statistical machine learning techniques with applications to the analysis of big biomedical data.

Both supervised and unsupervised techniques will be covered. Supervised learning techniques include penalized regression such as LASSO and it variants, support vector machines, Boosting, and tree-based methods. Unsupervised learning techniques include dimension reduction methods such as principal components analysis, clustering analysis, and network analysis with graphical models.

Various application examples will be discussed as well. The techniques discussed will be demonstrated in R.

About the Instructor


Yufeng Liu is currently a professor in Department of Statistics and Operations Research, Department of Biostatistics, and Department of Genetics at UNC- Chapel Hill. His current research interests include statistical machine learning, high dimensional data analysis, and bioinformatics. He has taught statistical machine learning courses multiple times at UNC, as well as short courses on this subject at Joint Statistical Meetings, ENAR, and Biostatistics Summer Institutes at University of Washington.

Dr. Liu received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2008, Ruth and Phillip Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement in 2010, and the inaugural Leo Breiman Junior Award in 2017. He served as the chair for the Section on Statistical Learning and Data Science at The American Statistical Association in 2015, and is currently a Fellow in the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

Location and Time:

  • Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
  • Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Location: Holiday Inn
    6001 Rockside Road (I-77 exit 155)
    Independence, OH
    Phone: (216) 524-8050 X298

Agenda for the Day
8:30-9:00 Registration with Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:20 Fundamentals of Statistical Learning
  • Training versus Test Error Rates
  • Supervised versus Unsupervised Methods
  • Bias/Variance Tradeoff

Linear Regression and Penalized Regression
  • Ridge Regression
  • Lasso
  • Further Extensions
10:20-10:40 Refreshment Break
10:40-12:00 Cross-validation & Bootstrapping Classification Techniques
  • Logistic Regression & Penalized Logistic Regression
  • Linear Discriminant Analysis
  • Quadratic Discriminant Analysis
  • Nearest Neighbors Classification
  • Support Vector Machines
12:00-1:00 Lunch Break
1:00-2:30 Tree-based Methods
  • Bagging
  • Random Forests
  • Boosting
2:30-2:50 Refreshment Break
2:50-4:30 Unsupervised Learning Techniques
  • Dimension reduction: Principal Component Analysis and others
  • Clustering
  • Other selected topics


Full participation in this seminar can result in Recertification Units (R.U.s) earned towards maintenance of ASQ certification requirements.

Registration Fee
(includes choice of lunch--penne chicken broccolini or pasta primavera) :

  • Until 4/24
  • ASA/ASQ Member $170
  • Non-member $200
  • Full time student $80
  • From 4/25 through 5/8
  • ASA/ASQ Member $220
  • Non-member $250
  • Full time student $110

No New Reservations at the Door

Registration Deadline is May 8, 2017

Refunds Cannot Be Made After May 8, 2017

Seminar Brochure in downloadable PDF format

Seminar Brochure 2017 (includes Registration Form)

On-line Registration link

On-line Registration Link


Holiday Inn
6001 Rockside Road (I-77 exit 155)
Independence, OH 44131
Phone: (216) 524-8050 X298

There is a block of rooms reserved for $95.00 + tax, double or single occupancy. Reduced rate is available until May 1. Be sure to mention that you are with the Cleveland Chapter of ASA.

Complimentary shuttle service is available from Cleveland Hopkins Airport from 6:00am to 10:30pm. Phones are in the Baggage Claim area, lower level.