Introduction to Machine Learning

Introduction to Machine Learning

Kevin McCarthy will present a gentle introduction to Machine Learning*.

Have you ever wished your computer could do more than what you tell it
to do explicitly? Maybe you want to write a recommendation engine
like the one Amazon and Netflix use to recommend similar products, or
maybe you just want to build Skynet. The goal of this talk is to
give a broad but shallow overview of machine learning techniques and
applications. Topics covered will (probably) include:

- What is machine learning?
- Supervised vs unsupervised machine learning
- Linear Regression
- Partitioning your data into training, test, and cross-validation sets
- Bias/variance tradeoff
- Regularization
- Logistic Regression
- Clustering
- Brief overview of more advanced algorithms such as neural networks
and support vector machines
- Advanced applications such as digit recognition and collaborative filtering

Should be fun!

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Kevin McCarthy

June 26, 2012
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