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Mean squared error (why mean?)

  1. Mar 3, 2013 #1
    I found this equation in a machine learning book:
    "we want to minimize the mean squared error:"
    $E= \frac{1}{2} \sum_{n=1}^N (y-t)^2$

    what I do not understand is the \frac{1}{2} , if it is a mean it should be \frac{1}{N},
    why are they restricting to 2? In the text there is no reference to y or t being only 2. So it cannot be that N=2.
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  3. Mar 3, 2013 #2
    If you ask a question here, please always be sure to include the necessary reference. What book did you read this in? Title, author, page number?
  4. Mar 3, 2013 #3


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    Fix Latex.
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