Introduction to Machine Learning

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MIT Press, Aug 22, 2014 - Computers - 640 pages

A substantially revised third edition of a comprehensive textbook that covers a broad range of topics not often included in introductory texts.

The goal of machine learning is to program computers to use example data or past experience to solve a given problem. Many successful applications of machine learning exist already, including systems that analyze past sales data to predict customer behavior, optimize robot behavior so that a task can be completed using minimum resources, and extract knowledge from bioinformatics data. Introduction to Machine Learning is a comprehensive textbook on the subject, covering a broad array of topics not usually included in introductory machine learning texts. Subjects include supervised learning; Bayesian decision theory; parametric, semi-parametric, and nonparametric methods; multivariate analysis; hidden Markov models; reinforcement learning; kernel machines; graphical models; Bayesian estimation; and statistical testing.

Machine learning is rapidly becoming a skill that computer science students must master before graduation. The third edition of Introduction to Machine Learning reflects this shift, with added support for beginners, including selected solutions for exercises and additional example data sets (with code available online). Other substantial changes include discussions of outlier detection; ranking algorithms for perceptrons and support vector machines; matrix decomposition and spectral methods; distance estimation; new kernel algorithms; deep learning in multilayered perceptrons; and the nonparametric approach to Bayesian methods. All learning algorithms are explained so that students can easily move from the equations in the book to a computer program. The book can be used by both advanced undergraduates and graduate students. It will also be of interest to professionals who are concerned with the application of machine learning methods.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Supervised Learning
21
3 Bayesian Decision Theory
49
4 Parametric Methods
65
5 Multivariate Methods
93
6 Dimensionality Reduction
115
7 Clustering
161
8 Nonparametric Methods
185
12 Local Models
317
13 Kernel Machines
349
14 Graphical Models
387
15 Hidden Markov Models
417
16 Bayesian Estimation
445
17 Combining Multiple Learners
487
18 Reinforcement Learning
517
19 Design and Analysis of Machine Learning Experiments
547

9 Decision Trees
213
10 Linear Discrimination
239
11 Multilayer Perceptrons
267
A Probability
593
Index
605
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Ethem Alpaydin is Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at Özyegin University and Member of The Science Academy, Istanbul. He is the author of Machine Learning: The New AI, a volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series.s).

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