Machine Learning – Day 5

So that’s the end of the taught course in Machine Learning, finishing up learning about Markov Chains and Hidden Markov Models.

Yep, those are just links to the Wikipedia articles, and it’s quite possible that if you clicked on them and you’re anything like me, the crazy-looking maths stuff at the other end made the sensible part of your brain run off and sit in a corner, clutching its knees and rocking gently back and forth.

Probably muttering to itself.

To be honest, I can’t really explain what this stuff is about just yet – I’ve had a lot crammed into my head over the past few weeks, and I think I need a really good night’s sleep before I can comprehend the deeper aspects of this last bit. Suffice to say for now that it seems like some really interesting and powerful ideas are in play, and when I’ve got my head round it I’ll blog up my thoughts.

I’ve now got one more homework assignment on today’s material to complete by next Wednesday, and the project we’ve been assigned to do is then due on Friday 6th November – a nice surprise, as a typo on the schedule had us believe it was due on the previous Tuesday.

I’m sorry the taught part of the course is done, to be honest. Although I’m not sure I could have taken any more at the pace it was being taught, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the material.

In fact, I’d say I feel a little inspired.

And, as James Brown might say – it feels good.

The views expressed here are the personal views of the author.

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 10:54 pm by Paul Brabban · Permalink
In: Computer Science, Machine Learning, MSc

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