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What is Machine Learning?



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This blog post is based on a conference talk I gave at the
PyTexas and North Bay Python conferences.
The blog post is a little more detailed, but if you prefer watching video
to reading text you can watch the talk on YouTube.


Machine learning seems to be everywhere these days, but a lot of the information
about what it is and how it works can be somewhat opaque. On one end of the
spectrum there’s the “just run this code” approach, which is great if you’re
learning a new library for a familiar task, but can seem a bit like magic when
it’s demonstrating something you’ve not done before.
On the other end of the spectrum is the mathematical explanation. Mathematical
notation is a useful tool if you know it, but if not it can hide some simple
ideas ...

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