The objective of this course is not only to provide you with a theoretical background of support vector machines, but also to give you a practical experience with using them. In order to accomplish this objective, you will be often asked to use Matlab as a tool for your homework assignments. Therefore, a working knowledge of this programming language is assumed.

For those that are not familiar with Matlab, I would highly recommend to spend a sufficient amount of time on reviewing Matlab tutorials. There are many tutorials available online, see for example