Chapter 1. Machine Learning – A Gentle Introduction

"I was into data before it was big"—@ml_hipster

You have probably heard recently about big data. The Internet, the explosion of electronic devices with tremendous computational power, and the fact that almost every process in our world uses some kind of software, are giving us huge amounts of data every minute.

Think about social networks, where we store information about people, their interests, and their interactions. Think about process-control devices, ranging from web servers to cars and pacemakers, which permanently leave logs of data about their performance. Think about scientific research initiatives, such as the genome project, which have to analyze huge amounts of data about our DNA. ...

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