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Machine learning models

Machine learning models are mathematical frameworks that can be used to make predictions or decisions based on data.

They are a powerful tool that can be used to solve a wide variety of problems, including classification, regression, and clustering.

Types of Machine Learning Models

There are many different types of machine learning models, but they can be broadly classified into three categories:

1. Supervised Learning: In supervised learning, the model is trained on a labeled dataset, where each data point has an associated label. The model learns to map the input data to the corresponding labels.

Examples: linear regression, logistic regression, support vector machines, etc.

2. Unsupervised Learning: In unsupervised learning, the model is trained on an unlabeled dataset, where the data points do not have associated labels. The model learns to identify patterns and structure in the data.

Examples: k-means clustering, principal component analysis, anomaly detection, etc.

3. Reinforcement Learning: In reinforcement learning, the model learns through trial and error by interacting with an environment. The model receives rewards and penalties for its actions, and it tries to maximize its cumulative reward over time.

Examples: Q-learning and policy gradients.

Common Machine Learning Models

1. Linear regression: A linear regression model is used to predict a continuous target variable based on one or more independent variables. It is a simple and interpretable model that is often used as a baseline for more complex models.

2. Logistic regression: A logistic regression model is used to predict a binary target variable (e.g., yes/no, true/false) based on one or more independent variables. It is a popular model for classification tasks.

3. Support vector machines (SVMs): SVMs are a type of supervised learning model that is used for classification and regression tasks. They are known for their ability to handle high-dimensional data and their robustness to outliers.

4. K-means clustering: K-means clustering is an unsupervised learning algorithm that is used to group data points into a predefined number of clusters. It is a popular algorithm for data exploration and segmentation.

5. Principal component analysis (PCA): PCA is an unsupervised learning algorithm that is used to reduce the dimensionality of a dataset. It is a useful technique for data visualization and feature extraction.

6. Anomaly detection: Anomaly detection is the task of identifying data points that deviate significantly from the normal patterns in the data. It is a useful technique for fraud detection, system monitoring, and network security.


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  • Machine Learning: A Practical Guide by Deisenroth, Faisal, and Ong, Cambridge University Press, 2020.