Machine-learning algorithms are the future of credit scoring Billtrust

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In order to create credit scores that provide utility and value, Credit2b's scores are on a scale of 0-100, with each point on this scale representing the probability of a positive outcome for the score. Therefore, a score of 80 simply means that there is an 80% probability that the company will pay on time for example. Other ratings agency scores are described in either tiers or bands that often cause confusion for credit practitioners who need to make important decisions quickly. With the tiered approach, two very similar companies may be scored in separate bands with completely different interpretations due to the randomness of the bands, and the simplicity of their data analysis algorithms. Machine-learning solutions deal with continuum, and give our customers information they can process and use quickly.


Machine Learning is Fun

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Machine learning is the idea that there are generic algorithms that can tell you something interesting about a set of data without you having to write any custom code specific to the problem. Instead of writing code, you feed data to the generic algorithm and it builds its own logic based on the data. For example, one kind of algorithm is a classification algorithm. It can put data into different groups. The same classification algorithm used to recognize handwritten numbers could also be used to classify emails into spam and not-spam without changing a line of code.


Infographic: Machine learning basics with algorithm examples

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Use this easy-to-understand, downloadable infographic overview of machine learning basics to identify the popular algorithms used to answer common machine learning questions. Algorithm examples help the machine learning beginner understand which algorithms to use and what they are used for. Azure Machine Learning Studio comes with a large number of machine learning algorithms that you can use to solve predictive analytics problems. The downloadable infographic below demonstrates how the four types of machine learning algorithms - regression, anomaly detection, clustering, and classification - can be used to answer your machine learning questions. Get the most out of the infographic by downloading it - the PDF has links to examples of each algorithm.


On Learning Graphs with Edge-Detecting Queries

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We consider the problem of learning a general graph $G=(V,E)$ using edge-detecting queries, where the number of vertices $|V|=n$ is given to the learner. The information theoretic lower bound gives $m\log n$ for the number of queries, where $m=|E|$ is the number of edges. In case the number of edges $m$ is also given to the learner, Angluin-Chen's Las Vegas algorithm \cite{AC08} runs in $4$ rounds and detects the edges in $O(m\log n)$ queries. In the other harder case where the number of edges $m$ is unknown, their algorithm runs in $5$ rounds and asks $O(m\log n+\sqrt{m}\log^2 n)$ queries. There have been two open problems: \emph{(i)} can the number of queries be reduced to $O(m\log n)$ in the second case, and, \emph{(ii)} can the number of rounds be reduced without substantially increasing the number of queries (in both cases). For the first open problem (when $m$ is unknown) we give two algorithms. The first is an $O(1)$-round Las Vegas algorithm that asks $m\log n+\sqrt{m}(\log^{[k]}n)\log n$ queries for any constant $k$ where $\log^{[k]}n=\log \stackrel{k}{\cdots} \log n$. The second is an $O(\log^*n)$-round Las Vegas algorithm that asks $O(m\log n)$ queries. This solves the first open problem for any practical $n$, for example, $n<2^{65536}$. We also show that no deterministic algorithm can solve this problem in a constant number of rounds. To solve the second problem we study the case when $m$ is known. We first show that any non-adaptive Monte Carlo algorithm (one-round) must ask at least $\Omega(m^2\log n)$ queries, and any two-round Las Vegas algorithm must ask at least $m^{4/3-o(1)}\log n$ queries on average. We then give two two-round Monte Carlo algorithms, the first asks $O(m^{4/3}\log n)$ queries for any $n$ and $m$, and the second asks $O(m\log n)$ queries when $n>2^m$. Finally, we give a $3$-round Monte Carlo algorithm that asks $O(m\log n)$ queries for any $n$ and $m$.


Deep Learning Tutorials -- DeepLearning 0.1 documentation

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Deep Learning is a new area of Machine Learning research, which has been introduced with the objective of moving Machine Learning closer to one of its original goals: Artificial Intelligence. See these course notes for a brief introduction to Machine Learning for AI and an introduction to Deep Learning algorithms. Deep Learning is about learning multiple levels of representation and abstraction that help to make sense of data such as images, sound, and text. The tutorials presented here will introduce you to some of the most important deep learning algorithms and will also show you how to run them using Theano. Theano is a python library that makes writing deep learning models easy, and gives the option of training them on a GPU.