Chapter 4. Unsupervised Learning
Labeling a set of observations for classification or regression can be a daunting task, especially in the case of a large feature set. In some cases, labeled observations are either unavailable or not possible to create. In an attempt to extract some hidden associations or structures from observations, the data scientist relies on unsupervised learning techniques to detect patterns or similarity in data.
The goal of unsupervised learning is to discover patterns of regularities and irregularities in a set of observations. These techniques are also applied in reducing the solution or feature space.
There are numerous unsupervised algorithms; some are more appropriate to handle dependent features while others generate ...