# May 25, 2022

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May 25, 2022

## Linear Regression: Straight & Narrow - Linear Regression for Machine Learning

Linear regression may be the key statistical method in machine learning, but it didn’t get to be that way without a fight. Two eminent mathematicians claimed credit for it, and 200 years later the matter remains unresolved.
May 25, 2022

## The Batch: Special Issue! Foundational Algorithms, Where They Came From, Where They're Going

Years ago, I had to choose between a neural network and a decision tree learning algorithm. It was necessary to pick an efficient one, because we planned to apply the algorithm to a very large set of users on a limited compute budget.
May 25, 2022

## A Solid Foundation for a Rewarding Career

Years ago, I had to choose between a neural network and a decision tree learning algorithm. It was necessary to pick an efficient one, because we planned to apply the algorithm to a very large set of users on a limited compute budget.
May 25, 2022

## K-Means Clustering: Group Think - K-Means Clustering for Machine Learning Explained

If you’re standing close to others at a party, it’s likely you have something in common. This is the idea behind using k-means clustering to split data points into groups. Whether the groups formed via human agency or some other force, this algorithm will find them.
May 25, 2022

## Decision Trees: From Root to Leaves — Decision Trees for Machine Learning Explained

What kind of beast was Aristotle? The philosopher's follower Porphyry, who lived in Syria during the third century, came up with a logical way to answer the question...
May 25, 2022

## Neural Networks: Find the Function — A Basic Introduction to Neural Networks

Let’s get this out of the way: A brain is not a cluster of graphics processing units, and if it were, it would run software far more complex than the typical artificial neural network. Yet neural networks were inspired by the brain’s architecture.
May 25, 2022

## Gradient Descent: It’s All Downhill - Gradient Descent for Machine Learning

Imagine hiking in the mountains past dusk and finding that you can’t see much beyond your feet. And your phone’s battery died so you can’t use a GPS app to find your way home. You might find the quickest path down via gradient descent.
May 25, 2022

## Logistic Regression: Follow the Curve — A Basic Introduction to Logistic Regression for Machine Learning

There was a moment when logistic regression was used to classify just one thing: If you drink a vial of poison, are you likely to be labeled “living” or “deceased”? Times have changed.