Mathematics for Artificial Intelligence

These lectures are offered in the M1 tracks of the Master Mathematics and Applications of Paris Saclay


Monday 16h15-18h15, room 1A7
Tuesday 10h15-12h15, room 0A2
Part I: September - October
Part II: October - December


French or English, depending on the audience.


Probability theory, linear algebra, convex analysis

Lecture Notes

Please download the lecture notes.


The lectures are intended as an introduction to the mathematical tools involved in the analysis of Machine Learning algorithms.

The course has two parts. A first part is focused on the problem of sequential learning. The mathematical tools involved are mainly probabilistic, with some convexity arguments. The second part covers some questions where matrix analysis and linear algebra play a central role.

Part 1: Sequential learning Part 2: Matrix analysis for Machine Learning


Mid term exam October, room ??, ??h--??h.
Final exam December, room ??, ??h--??h.
Exercises for the exam: Sections 1.3.1, 2.5, 3.4.3 [including Pinsker inequality for arbitrary probability distributions], 4.4., 5.4.2, 6.4.1, 6.4.2, 7.4.1., 8.4.2

Discovering more on the topic

For a deeper investigation of the first part, I recommend the M2 course 'Apprentissage et optimisation sequentiels'. For the second part, I recommend the M2 course 'High-dimensional probability and statistics'. Both courses are given in the master program 'mathématiques de l'aléatoire'.

For exploring more widely on mathematics and machine learning, you may have a look at the nice blogs of Sebastien Bubeck and Francis Bach.


The Institut de Mathématiques d'Orsay is located in Building 307, Orsay campus, 5min walk from RER station Orsay-Ville.
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