Chapter 1. Machine learning basics


This chapter covers
  • A brief overview of machine learning
  • Key tasks in machine learning
  • Why you need to learn about machine learning
  • Why Python is so great for machine learning


I was eating dinner with a couple when they asked what I was working on recently. I replied, “Machine learning.” The wife turned to the husband and said, “Honey, what’s machine learning?” The husband replied, “Cyberdyne Systems T-800.” If you aren’t familiar with the Terminator movies, the T-800 is artificial intelligence gone very wrong. My friend was a little bit off. We’re not going to attempt to have conversations with computer programs in this book, nor are we going to ask a computer the meaning of life. ...

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