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Introduction to Machine Learning

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The goal of machine learning is to program computers to use example data or past experience to solve a given problem. Many successful applications of machine learning exist already, including systems that analyze past sales data to predict customer behavior, optimize robot behavior so that a task can be completed using minimum resources, and extract knowledge from bioinformatics data. Introduction to Machine Learning is a comprehensive textbook on the subject, covering a broad array of topics not usually included in introductory machine learning texts. Subjects include supervised learning; Bayesian decision theory; parametric, semi-parametric, and nonparametric methods; multivariate analysis; hidden Markov models; reinforcement learning; kernel machines; graphical models; Bayesian estimation; and statistical testing. Machine learning is rapidly becoming a skill that computer science students must master before graduation.


Columbia University Free Online Course on Machine Learning

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Columbia University is offering free online course on Machine Learning. It is a subfield of computer science that evolved from the study of pattern recognition and computational learning theory in artificial intelligence. In this course applicants will master the essentials of machine learning and algorithms to help improve learning from data without human intervention. The course will start on January 16, 2017. Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields.


Helping Data Driven Companies Advance to Artificial Intelligence

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Everyone is talking about artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning these days. This is not just of strategic relevance for companies the likes of Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook or Salesforce.com. AI is now a term that all companies should be familiarizing themselves with (if they're not already) because it will have a profound impact on their business in the near future. We have already witnessed vehicles operating autonomously and a proliferation of robotic counterparts and automated means for accomplishing a variety of tasks, which has all given rise to a flurry of people claiming that the AI revolution is upon us. What is Driving This Next Wave of Change?


Which is your favorite Machine Learning Algorithm?

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Developed back in the 50s by Rosenblatt and colleagues, this extremely simple algorithm can be viewed as the foundation for some of the most successful classifiers today, including suport vector machines and logistic regression, solved using stochastic gradient descent. The convergence proof for the Perceptron algorithm is one of the most elegant pieces of math I've seen in ML. Most useful: Boosting, especially boosted decision trees. This intuitive approach allows you to build highly accurate ML models, by combining many simple ones. Boosting is one of the most practical methods in ML, it's widely used in industry, can handle a wide variety of data types, and can be implemented at scale.


Datasets VS Algorithms - A Breakthrough in AI 6x Faster -

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The past years have witnessed strong emergence for different datasets and algorithms repositories. Some inquiries accompanied this emergence. An increasing amount of market research started to investigate which is more important for the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) sciences, which segments are of highest demand and can have greater market share in the future. By reviewing the artificial intelligence (AI) breakthroughs timeline over 30 years, Wissner-Gross found that the availability of high-quality datasets was the key limiting factor for AI advances and not algorithms. He also found that high-quality dataset availability can cause a breakthrough in the field of AI six times faster than Algorithms.