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Python Machine Learning By Example - Second Edition by Yuxi Liu

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Training a logistic regression model using gradient descent

Gradient descent (also called steepest descent) is a procedure of minimizing an objective function by first-order iterative optimization. In each iteration, it moves a step that is proportional to the negative derivative of the objective function at the current point. This means the to-be-optimal point iteratively moves downhill towards the minimal value of the objective function. The proportion we just mentioned is called learning rate, or step size. It can be summarized in a mathematical equation as follows:

Here, the left w is the weight vector after a learning step, and the right ...

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