What is Machine learning: Definition and 83 Discussions

Machine learning (ML) is the study of computer algorithms that improve automatically through experience and by the use of data. It is seen as a part of artificial intelligence. Machine learning algorithms build a model based on sample data, known as "training data", in order to make predictions or decisions without being explicitly programmed to do so. Machine learning algorithms are used in a wide variety of applications, such as in medicine, email filtering, speech recognition, and computer vision, where it is difficult or unfeasible to develop conventional algorithms to perform the needed tasks.A subset of machine learning is closely related to computational statistics, which focuses on making predictions using computers; but not all machine learning is statistical learning. The study of mathematical optimization delivers methods, theory and application domains to the field of machine learning. Data mining is a related field of study, focusing on exploratory data analysis through unsupervised learning. In its application across business problems, machine learning is also referred to as predictive analytics.

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  1. lauripro56

    Python Help solving a geometrical matching issue with Graph Neural Networks

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  2. J

    Python Why backpropagation dominates neural networks instead of interpolation

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  3. mhr005

    Software to Simulate a Renewable Grid with ML

    Hello, I am currently working on a paper that reqires me to simulate a renewable energy grid with machine learning. I'd be grateful if anyone with experience on this can give a few suggestion as to which software to use for this task. Thanks in advance.
  4. R

    Physics Does a datascience job help in applying for PhD or physics scholarship

    I have a math degree and currently pursuing a BS in physics, I've been offered a job as a data scientist with occasional machine learning stuff. 1) Would this be helpful for my career in physics? If yes then how? (I'm aware that machine learning is being used in various areas of physics, but...
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    ROC Curve: Background Rejection vs. Signal Efficiency

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    Can AI Technologies Interpret and Convert Musical Notes into Audio?

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    New Olympic games Logo Designs -- Can Machine Learning help?

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  9. M

    Machine learning with image tracking of a line

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  10. Wrichik Basu

    Courses Which of these Machine Learning courses should I attend?

    I am currently pursuing my undergraduate studies in Physics. While I do know some programming (Java, MATLAB, Python), I have no knowledge in Machine Learning. This is an important field, and I want to study it. I have gone through some online courses, and need your help in determining which of...
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    Python Forecasting Bitcoin (BTC) with Machine Learning

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  12. Mikkel

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  13. A

    Tracing correct words from Jumbled words using machine learning

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  15. Frabjous

    Computational Introduction to machine learning

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  17. gleem

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  18. Phylosopher

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  19. hdp12

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  20. R

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    Say a person is infected with disease X. I suspect that it's possible for computers to learn the behavior of X via machine learning. This would lead to greater understanding of X. The unsupervised learning approach is pertinent to this. For another approach, say a new medicine Y is being...
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    I understand everything in this equation except for the summation. I understand it's the average error over the sample. But why do we need the "1"? Moreover wouldn't the error be the absolute value of the hypothesized value minus the concept value? Meaning | h( x_i ) - c( x_i ) | because you...
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    Studying Self-studying plan for modern science

    Hey guys, I want to build a strong and straight plan for my next years of studying and once finish I am able to do something on my own and come up with crazy ideas and actually test them, build some awesome algorithms, all that cool stuff, but I'm kinda stumble so it would be nice if someone...
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  26. F

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    Hello, I am trying to wrap my head around the difference between machine learning and statistics for predictive purposes and interpretability... Is there a sharp difference between the two in terms of predictive power? I understand how machine learning needs to be first trained with data to...
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    Programs Diploma thesis - Neural Network Application in Physical Problems

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  30. R

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  31. Felipe Lincoln

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  32. ngrunenberg

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  33. Oats

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    A Recently, I want to write something about data in physics

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  37. Curiose

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    For one of my current projects in computer vision (which really is a study in point clustering and tracking in a data stream of n-dimensional data), I have come up with a way to very quickly index a 2D angle between two points or the angle of a vector. Doing a little bit of investigation, and...
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    Mind boggling machine learning results from AlphaZero

    I have always been on the skeptical, but not dismissive, end of judgments about achievemnts and rate of progress in this field. However, the following (please read through carefully) just completely blows my mind: https://en.chessbase.com/post/the-future-is-here-alphazero-learns-chess A self...
  39. E

    Python Good books to learn machine learning using Python

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  40. It's me

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  42. jedishrfu

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  44. Q

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    Hi, I am confused about which to choose between computational physics and data science. Actually I am a computer science undergraduate and I have 4 years of experience in data mining. I discovered my interest in physics, so I planned to do a graduate degree with the focus of physics. But the...
  45. C

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  46. K

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  47. Gean Martins

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  48. Ackbach

    MHB Fantastic Machine Learning Course

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  49. FallenApple

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    From what I understand, machine learning is incredibly good at making predictions from data in a very automated/algorithmic way. But for any inference that is going to deal with ideas of causality, it's primarily a subject matter concern, which relies on mostly on judgment calls and intuition...
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