262018020 – Machine Learning: A Probabilistic Perspective (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series) by Kevin P. Murphy
With the ever increasing amounts of data in electronic form, the need for automated methods for data analysis continues to grow. The goal of machine learning is to develop methods that can automatically detect patterns in data, and then to use the uncovered patterns to predict future data or other outcomes of interest. Machine learning is thus closely related to the fields of statistics and data mining, but differs slightly in terms of its emphasis and terminology.
This book provides a detailed introduction to the field, and includes worked examples drawn from application domains such as molecular biology, text processing, computer vision, and robotics. Target audience This book is suitable for upper-level undergraduate students and beginning graduate students in computer science, statistics, electrical engineering, econometrics, or anyone else who has the appropriate mathematical background. Specifically, the reader is assumed to already be familiar with basic multivariate calculus, probability, linear algebra, and computer programming. Prior exposure to statistics is helpful but not necessary. A probabilistic approach This books adopts the view that the best way to make machines that can learn from data is to use the tools of probability theory, which has been the mainstay of statistics and engineering for centuries. Probability theory can be applied to any problem involving uncertainty. In machine learning, uncertainty comes in many forms: what is the best prediction (or decision) given some data? what is the best model given some data? what measurement should I perform next? etc. The systematic application of probabilistic reasoning to all inferential problems, including inferring parameters of statistical models, is sometimes called a Bayesian approach. However, this term tends to elicit very strong reactions (either positive or negative, depending on who you ask), so we prefer the more neutral term “probabilistic approach”. Besides, we will often use techniques such as maximum likelihood estimation, which are not Bayesian methods, but certainly fall within the probabilistic paradigm.
Category: Artificial Intelligence
Author: Kevin P. Murphy
Pub Date: 8/24/2012
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