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Hands-On Machine Learning with C# by Matt R. Cole

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Probability and statistics

Believe it or not, this is what you are doing; it's just very well abstracted from your view. But let me give you an incredibly, overly simplified, quick primer... just in case you are rusty!

You see a polar bear walking in the snow. You wonder what kind of footprints it makes. That's probability. Next, you see footprints in the snow and wonder if it's a polar bear. That's statistics. Kaboom! Now you're primed! You're also probably wondering what is wrong with this author, so maybe another example just in case!

  • Probability deals with predicting the likelihood of future event(s).
  • Statistics deals with analyzing the frequency of past event(s).

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