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Machine Learning with Spark - Second Edition by Nick Pentreath, Manpreet Singh Ghotra, Rajdeep Dua

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What is Machine Learning?

Machine learning is a subfield of data mining. While data mining has been around for more than 50+ years, machine learning is a subset where a large cluster of machines is used to analyze and extract knowledge from large datasets.

Machine learning is closely related to computational statistics. It has strong ties to mathematical optimization; it provides methods, theory, and application domains to the field. Machine learning is employed in various types of computing tasks where designing and programming explicit algorithms are infeasible. Example applications are spam filtering, optical character recognition (OCR), search engine, and computer vision. Machine learning is sometimes combined with data mining, which ...

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