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ECMT3185: Econometrics of Machine Learning

The unit introduces the theory and application of statistical machine learning. Topics covered include supervised versus unsupervised learning; regression and classification; resampling methods including cross-validation and Bootstrap; regularisation and shrinkage approaches such as Lasso; tree-based methods including decision tree and random forest; and support vector machines. The unit focuses on the applications of statistical machine learning in economics, and computer software such as R and Matlab are used throughout the unit.


Academic unit Economics
Unit code ECMT3185
Unit name Econometrics of Machine Learning
Session, year
Semester 2, 2022
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

ECMT2150 and ECMT2160
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Xuetao Shi,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final exam
Final exam
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
In-semester test (Take-home short release) Type D in-semester exam Mid-semester exam
Mid-semester exam
20% Week 07
Due date: 15 Sep 2022 at 12:00
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment Computational assignment
Individual assignment using computational software
30% Week 11
Due date: 23 Oct 2022 at 23:59
One week
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?
Type D in-semester exam = Type D in-semester exam ?

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction Lecture (2 hr) LO1
Week 02 Linear regression Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 03 Linear regression Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 04 Classification Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 05 Resampling methods Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 06 Resampling methods Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 07 Mid-semester exam Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 08 Regularization Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 09 Regularization Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 10 Nonparametric regression Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 11 Nonparametric regression Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 12 Tree-based methods Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 13 Review Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

James, Witten, Hastie, & Tibshirani (2017), An Introduction to Statistical Learning

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the objective of statistical machine learning
  • LO2. understand different machine learning methods, including basic mathematical derivations
  • LO3. identify applications to which certain machine learning methods can be applied
  • LO4. evaluate advantages and disadvantages of different machine learning methods.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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