Getting ready for machine learning

In this section, we will install Visual Studio, take a quick lap around F#, and install the major open source libraries that we will be using.

Setting up Visual Studio

To get going, you will need to download Visual Studio on a Microsoft Windows machine. As of this writing, the latest (free) version is Visual Studio 2015 Community. If you have a higher version already installed on your machine, you can skip this step. If you need a copy, head on over to the Visual Studio home page at https://www.visualstudio.com. Download the Visual Studio Community 2015 installer and execute it.

Now, you will get the following screen:

Select Custom installation and you will be taken to the following screen:

Make sure Visual F# has ...

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