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COMS 4721 Spring 2022 Homework 0
Due at 11:59 PM on January 24, 2022
This assignment must be done individually.
About this assignment. This (required!) homework assignment is intended to help you “page-in” the
prerequisite material for this course.
For each of Problems 2–9, you must “show your work” by explaining—in complete sentences—your approach to
solving the problem. An “explanation” that is just a block of mathematical equations, symbolic expressions, or
calculations without any accompanying text will be receive no credit. Please see the resources for prerequisite
topics (in particular, the items listed for “Mathematical maturity”) for more information about how to do
Submission. Please read the homework policy (in the syllabus) for information about how to write-up your
solutions. Additional instructions are given below.
• For redundancy purposes, please make sure your name and UNI appear prominently on the first page
of the PDF.
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for that problem. If part of your solution is on an unselected page, we will consider it missing. See the
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Problem 1: Reading comprehension (1 point)
Suppose you are reviewing the course material by consulting some materials on the web. According to the
course syllabus, what is the appropriate course of action that you should take if you see the solution for one
of the homework problems on the web?
(a) Pretend you didn’t see it and carry on.
(b) Copy the solution verbatim into your homework write-up as if it was your own.
(c) Throw your arms into the air in exasperation, leave the tech industry altogether, reinvent yourself as a
naturalist and write a book about it.
(d) Acknowledge the source and document the circumstance (that led you to encountering this solution) in
your homework write-up, solve the homework problem without looking at this source, and write-up
your solution in your own words.
Note that you are responsible for knowing the correct answer to this problem even if your answer is incorrect.
Problem 2: Null space (1 point)
In this course, whenever a vector in Euclidean space is treated as a matrix (e.g., for the purposes of
matrix-vector multiplication), it will be treated as a column vector unless otherwise specified. So the vector
v⃗ = (1,−1, 2), which resides in R3, is regarded as the column vector 1−1
 ,
rather than the row vector [
1 −1 2] .
Let v⃗ := (1,−1, 2). (The “:=” means we are assigning the vector (1,−1, 2) to the variable v⃗.) Which of the
following matrices has a null space spanned by v⃗?
(a) [
1 1 0
2 2 0
(b) [
0 1 1
1 0 1
(c) [
2 2 0
2 0 −1
(d) [
1 2 0
2 0 −1
(e) None of the above
Please see these linear algebra review notes for some more information about notation.
Problem 3: Eigenvalue (1 point)
Consider the following matrix:
M :=
2 4
0 2
Which of the following is an eigenvalue of M?
(a) 0
(b) 1
(c) 2
(d) 3
(e) Not enough information
Problem 4: Dimension (1 point)
Consider the following matrix:
M :=
2 4
0 2
Let λ be its largest eigenvalue, and let W be the subspace spanned by the eigenvectors of M corresponding
to λ. What is the dimension of W?
(a) 0
(b) 1
(c) 2
(d) 3
(e) Not enough information
Problem 5: Eigenvectors (1 point)
Consider the following matrix:
M :=
3 −1
−1 3
Which of the following are eigenvectors of M? (Select all that apply.)
(a) (1, 0)
(b) (−1, 0)
(c) (0,−1)
(d) (0, 1)
(e) (1, 1)
(f) (1,−1)
(g) (−1, 1)
(h) (−1,−1)
Problem 6: Minimizer (1 point)
Let g : R2 → R be the function defined by
g(x⃗) := 12 x⃗ · (Ax⃗)− b⃗ · x⃗+ c
A :=
2 6
6 2
, b⃗ := (1, 2), and c := 9.
What is the minimizer of g?
(a) (5/2, 1/2)
(b) (5/4, 1/4)
(c) (5/8, 1/8)
(d) (5/16, 1/16)
(e) None of the above
Problem 7: Counting (1 point)
Suppose there are 10 students participating in a workshop that meets every day of a five-day work week.
Each student must present a poster in exactly one of the days of the workshop, and every day of the workshop
should have at least one poster presentation. If nk denotes the number of posters presented in day k of the
workshop, what is the number of possible quintuples (n1, n2, n3, n4, n5)?
(a) 126
(b) 210
(c) 252
(d) 462
(e) 2002
(f) 3003
(g) None of the above
Problem 8: Uniform random variables (1 point)
LetX be a (real-valued) random variable uniformly distributed in the interval [0, 1], and let Y be a (real-valued)
random variable uniformly distributed in the interval [0, 2].
If X and Y are independent, then what is the probability of the event Y > 4X?
(a) 1/4
(b) 1/3
(c) 1/2
(d) 2/3
(e) 3/4
(f) None of the above
Problem 9: Urn process (1 point)
Consider the following random process. Initially, there are n red balls in an urn. At each step, a ball chosen
uniformly at random from the urn is removed, and then a blue ball is placed into the urn. (Note that after
each step, there are n balls in the urn.) All random choices in this process are made independently.
After n steps, what is the expected fraction of balls in the urn that are red? In other words, if Xt denotes
the number of red balls in the urn after t steps, what is the value of E(Xn/n) as n→∞?
(a) About 0.63
(b) About 0.50
(c) About 0.37
(d) About 0.33
(e) 0
(f) None of the above
Problem 10: Goals (1 point)
Name one or two of your own personal, academic, or career values. Briefly explain how you hope machine
learning can be of service to those values.