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Pop quiz: among the kids in the picture, which ones are able to jump high enough to reach the hoop to dunk a basketball?
You can’t know for sure, but you can make an educated guess that the tall kid wearing the #21 jersey can dunk while the others cannot. Your brain has a model of how the world works that allows you to look at a person and make a prediction about their ability to dunk. You may not always be correct, but your mental model allows you to make much more accurate predictions than you could by flipping a coin.
Machine learning algorithms work by detecting patterns in data and creating a model that summarizes important properties. Given a list of people, their physical characteristics, and whether or not they can dunk, these algorithms can create a model to predict whether a new person it encounters can dunk based on…
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