Posts tagged Learning
Intro to Clustering and Classification

Have you ever bought something online and then were presented with an offer to buy something complementary? Have you received a special offer in the mail from your cable company right as you were thinking of switching providers? What about receiving a phone call from your credit card company because they thought your spending behavior looked unusual? All these activities are made possible by the sheer amount of data available to companies today and all of it is made possible by classification and clustering.

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Intro to Optimization

Optimization at its core is about problem solving and planning. Using structured data provided by techniques like Natural Language Processing or Object Recognition as context, it can determine the most efficient way to achieve a goal. This goal can be anything from maximizing its score at a board game or a computer game to successfully negotiating a deal to optimizing a supply chain.

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Intro to Forecasting

Forecasting is another technique that uses structured data (often obtained by using techniques from Natural Language Processing and Object Recognition) to inform decision-making. Forecasting techniques predict future outcomes or states. Why would we want to forecast? Say you’re buying a house. It might be useful to predict what the value of your investment will be in a year.

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Intro to Knowledge Graphs

AI is very good at faking understanding. Using statistical methods to identify correlation, it can predict the sales price of a house, turn spoken word into text, and identify if a picture contains a dog. Do algorithms understand what a house is and why a larger house will sell for more money than a smaller one? Do they understand that the sounds it is transcribing are humans speaking? Do they know what a dog is? The short answer is no.

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