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Free Machine Learning Textbook

Christopher Bishop, a Technical Fellow at Microsoft Research, has released his textbook Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning as a free PDF download.

The book is a bit older, published in 2006, but it stills contains some great information. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Probability Distributions
  • Regression
  • Classification
  • Neural Networks
  • Ensemble Models
  • K-Means Clustering
  • and many more….

Happy Reading!

Amazon Launches Machine Learning University

Amazon just launched  ‘Machine Learning University’ to all developers. It is the same training available for internal Amazon Employees. If you are looking to learn about Amazon Web Services (AWS) offerings for data science, now might be a great time to learn. Plus, Amazon announced some new certifications for machine learning.
There are 4 different learning paths available, depending upon your goals and future job aspirations:

  • Business Decision Maker
  • Developer
  • Data Scientist
  • Data Platform Engineer

The course materials and certifications are available at AWS Machine Learning Training Site. 

Microsoft Weekly Data Science News for May 25, 2018

Here are the latest articles from Microsoft regarding cloud data science products and updates.

Microsoft Weekly Data Science News for May 18, 2018

Here are the latest articles from Microsoft regarding cloud data science products and updates.

Microsoft Weekly Data Science News for April 27, 2018

Here are the latest articles from Microsoft regarding cloud data science products and updates. This week includes IoT hubs, Time Series Insights, Deep Learning Virtual Machine, Python sample code for cognitive services, and more.

Microsoft Weekly Data Science News for March 30, 2018

Here are the latest articles from Microsoft regarding cloud data science products and updates. Some of the topics this week: Azure ML, AI Research, Intelligent Cloud, and Anomaly Detection.

Reinforcement Learning

Simply stated: Reinforcement Learning deals with actions and rewards (positive or negative). The rewards help to dictate the future actions.

Many children learn via reinforcement learning. Here is a simple example from my childhood. As a child, I was told not to touch the hot stove.

My action: I touched the door of the hot stove when it was open.

My reward (negative): I burned my hand, and it hurt.

My future actions resulted in me staying away from the hot stove.

This was a very simplified example of reinforcement learning. Here are two more great introductory references:

  1. Simple Beginner’s guide to Reinforcement Learning
  2. Deep Learning Research Review: Reinforcement Learning