1st Edition

Machine Learning for the Physical Sciences Fundamentals and Prototyping with Julia

By Carlo Requião da Cunha Copyright 2024
    288 Pages 90 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    288 Pages 90 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Machine learning is an exciting topic with a myriad of applications. However, most textbooks are targeted towards computer science students. This, however, creates a complication for scientists across the physical sciences that also want to understand the main concepts of machine learning and look ahead to applica- tions and advancements in their fields.

    This textbook bridges this gap, providing an introduction to the mathematical foundations for the main algorithms used in machine learning for those from the physical sciences, without a formal background in computer science. It demon- strates how machine learning can be used to solve problems in physics and engineering, targeting senior undergraduate and graduate students in physics and electrical engineering, alongside advanced researchers.

    All codes are available on the author's website: C•Lab (nau.edu)

    They are also available on GitHub: https://github.com/StxGuy/MachineLearning

    Key Features:

    • Includes detailed algorithms.
    • Supplemented by codes in Julia: a high-performing language and one that is easy to read for those in the natural sciences.
    • All algorithms are presented with a good mathematical background.

    Chapter 1: Multivariate Calculus. Chapter 2: Probability Theory. Chapter 3: Dimensionality Reduction. Chapter 4: Cluster Analysis. Chapter 5: Vector Quantization Techniques. Chapter 6: Regression Models. Chapter 7: Classification. Chapter 8: Feedforward Networks. Chapter 9: Advanced Network Architectures. Chapter 10: Value Methods. Chapter 11: Gradient Methods. Chapter 12: Population-Based Metaheuristic Methods. Chapter 13: Local Search methods. Appendix A: Sufficient Statistic. Appendix B: Graphs. Appendix C: Sequential Minimization Optimization. Appendix D: Algorithmic Differentiation. Appendix E: Batch Normalizing Transform. Appendix F: Divergence of Two Gaussian Distributions. Appendix G: Continuous-time Bellman's Equation. Appendix H: Conjugate Gradient. Appendix I: Importance Sampling. References. Index.


    Carlo R. da Cunha is currently an assistant professor at the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University. He holds a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University. Throughout his career, Dr. da Cunha has held various academic positions and research affiliations in institutions such as McGill University, Chiba University, and the Technical University of Vienna. His research focuses on computational science, where he applies machine learning techniques to the design of innovative electronic devices and systems.