Gradient Descent

One optimization algorithm that lays the foundation for machine learning models is gradient descent (GD). GD is a simple and effective tool useful to train such models. Gradient descent, as the name suggests, involves “going downhill.” We choose a direction across a landscape and take whichever step gets us downhill. The step size depends on the slope (gradient) of the hill. In machine learning (ML) models, gradient descent estimates the error gradient, helping to minimize the cost function. Very few optimization methods are as computationally efficient as gradient descent. GD also lays the foundation for the optimization of deep learning models.

In problems where the parameters cannot be calculated analytically by use of ...

Get A Handbook of Mathematical Models with Python now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.