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Scala Data Analysis Cookbook by Arun Manivannan

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Supervised and unsupervised learning

If you are reading this book, you probably already know what supervised and unsupervised learning are, but for the sake of completion, let's briefly summarize what they mean. In supervised learning, we train the algorithms with labeled data. Labeled data is nothing but input data along with the outcome variable. For example, if our intention is to predict whether a website is about news, we would be preparing a sample dataset of website content with "news" and "not news" as labels. This dataset is called the training dataset.

With supervised learning, our end goal is to use the training dataset and come up with a function that maps our input variables to an output variable with least margin of error. We call ...

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