Grokking Machine Learning

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Grokking Machine Learning by Luis Serrano

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The future is here, and that future has a name: machine learning. With applications in pretty much every industry, from medicine to banking, from self-driving cars to ordering our coffee, the interest in machine learning has rapidly grown day after day. But what is machine learning?


Most of the time, when I read a machine learning book or attend a machine learning lecture, I see either a sea of complicated formulas or a sea of lines of code. For a long time, I thought that this was machine learning, and that machine learning was reserved only for those who had a solid knowledge of both math and computer science.


However, I began to compare machine learning with other subjects, such as music. Musical theory and practice are complicated subjects. But when we think of music, we do not think of scores and scales; we think of songs and melodies. And then I wondered, is machine learning the same? Is it really just a bunch of formulas and code, or is there a melody behind it?

Figure 1 Music is not only about scales and notes. There is a melody behind all the technicalities. In the same way, machine learning is not only about formulas and code. There is also a melody, and in this book, we sing it.


With this in mind, I embarked on a journey to understand the melody of machine learning. I stared at formulas and code for months. I drew many diagrams. I scribbled drawings on napkins and showed them to my family, friends, and colleagues. I trained models on small and large datasets. I experimented. After a while, I started listening to the melody of machine learning. All of a sudden, some very pretty pictures started forming in my mind. I started writing stories that go along with all the machine learning concepts. Melodies, pictures, stories—that is how I enjoy learning any topic, and it is those melodies, those pictures, and those stories that I share with you in this book. My goal is to make machine learning fully understandable to every human, and this book is a step in that journey—a step that I’m happy you are taking with me!


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