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R: Unleash Machine Learning Techniques by Cory Lesmeister, Brett Lantz, Dipanjan Sarkar, Raghav Bali

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Chapter 7. Neural Networks

 

"Forget artificial intelligence – in the brave new world of big data, it's artificial idiocy we should be looking out for."

 
 -- Tom Chatfiel

I recall that at some meeting circa mid-2012, I was part of a group discussing the results of some analysis or other, when one of the people around the table sounded off with a hint of exasperation mixed with a tinge of fright: this isn't one of those neural networks, is it? I knew of his past run-ins and deep-seated anxiety for neural networks, so I assuaged his fears making some sarcastic comment that neural networks have basically gone the way of the dinosaur. No one disagreed! Several months later, I was gobsmacked when I attended a local meeting where the discussion focused ...

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