Machine Learning

Though often confused with AI, machine learning (ML) is where we currently stand in our quest to achieve actual (or sentient) artificial intelligence. After all, while at the moment, we are not yet able to hold full-blown conversations with our devices, today’s ML algorithms have ushered in a brand new era in automation.

How Does Machine Learning Work?

As the name implies, with the help of some very clever algorithms, machine learning allows us to feed data into our machines (known as “training data”) to automatically perform predictions without any explicit programming — as if they’d learnt to do it all by themselves. In this way, we can develop software solutions to scan images for objects and faces, respond to specific voice commands, and recognise other useful patterns.

Supervised Learning

In supervised learning, algorithms make use of both training data and human feedback to understand the relationship between a given set of inputs and outputs. Popular use cases include forecasting sales, generating personalised recommendations, predicting equipment maintenance and allocating human resources.

Clustering

Clustering is an unsupervised machine learning technique that is used to make sense of unstructured data. This is done by grouping data points with similar properties and features together. Clustering may be used to identify fake news and spam, classify network traffic, bring together marketing targets and organise important documents.

Structured Prediction

Structured prediction involves a wide variety of supervised ML techniques that enable developers to predict structured objects (as opposed to scalar discrete or real values). We use structured prediction in a number of exciting fields including natural language processing, computer vision, speech recognition and bioinformatics.

Anomaly Detection

With the help of AD algorithms, we can pinpoint specific outliers with relative automated ease, monitor valuable metrics and single out suspicious activity. These algorithms are employed in fraud detection, sensor data correction, advertising campaign optimisation, seismology and health diagnostics.

Reinforcement Learning

Reinforcement learning is unique in that it may be considered a semi-supervised learning ML model. Like in a game of Pacman, the technique allows software agents to interact with a given environment in order to maximise cumulative rewards. It is seen in a number of areas including robotics, traffic light control and chemistry.

Neural Networks

The current pinnacle of machine learning technology, in artificial neural networks, we base our systems on connected nodes known as “artificial neurons,” and thus strive to mimic the human brain. ANN systems may be employed in everything from facial recognition software to forecasting market movements.

Where Machine Learning Is Used

SEO – Neural Matching
Natural language processing
Search Engine Optimisation
Computer Vision
Email Filtering
Data Mining
Pattern recognition

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Which ML Framework Should You Use?

Proprietary machine learning frameworks

  • Amazon Machine Learning
  • Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio
  • IBM Watson Machine Learning

Open Source Machine Learning Frameworks

  • Apache Singa
  • TensorFlow
  • Torch / PyTorch