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Category Archives: Modeling
Continuous Bayes’ Theorem
Bayes’ Rule is one of the fundamental Theorems of statistics, but up until recently, I have to admit, I was never very impressed with it. Bayes’ gives you a way of determining the probability that a given event will occur, or … Continue reading
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Genetic algorithms and symbolic regression
A few months ago, I wrote a post about optimization using gradient descent, which involves searching for a model that best meets certain criteria by repeatedly making adjustments that improve things a little bit at a time. In many situations, this works … Continue reading
Posted in Modeling, Regression
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Configuration Spaces and the Meaning of Probability
I recently finished reading Nate Silver’s book The Signal and the Noise, which has gotten me thinking about how exactly one should interpret models/probability distributions, and the predictions they make. (If you’ve read this book or plan to read it, … Continue reading
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Kmeans
The subject of this weeks post is probably one of the most polarizing algorithms in the data world: It seems that most experts either swear by Kmeans or absolutely hate it. The difference of opinion boils down to one of … Continue reading
Posted in Modeling, Unsupervised learning
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Mixture models
In the last few posts, we’ve been looking at algorithms that combine a number of simple models/distributions to form a single more complex and sophisticated model. With both neural networks and decision trees/random forests, we were interested in the classification … Continue reading
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Principal Component Analysis
Now that we’ve gotten a taste of the curse of dimensionality, lets look at another potential problem with the basic form of regression we discussed a few posts back. Notice that linear/least squares regression always gives you an answer, whether or … Continue reading
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The curse of dimensionality
Now that we’ve had a glimpse of what it means to analyze data sets in different dimensions, we should take a little detour to consider really high dimensional data. In the discussion of regression, I suggested using your intuition about … Continue reading
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