In the past few years, more data has been produced than in the millennia of human history before. This data represents a gold mine in terms of commercial value and also important reference material for policy makers. But much of this value will stay untapped — or, worse, be misinterpreted — as long as the tools necessary for processing the staggering amount of information remain unavailable.
In this article, we’ll look at how machine learning can give us insight into patterns in this sea of big data and extract key pieces of information hidden in it.
Over the course of an hour, an unsolicited email skips your inbox and goes straight to spam, a car next to you auto-stops when a pedestrian runs in front of it, and an ad for the product you were thinking about yesterday pops up on your social media feed. What do these events all have in common? It’s artificial intelligence that has guided all these decisions. And the force behind them all is machine-learning algorithms that use data to predict outcomes.
Now, before we look at how machine learning aids data analysis, let’s explore the fundamentals of each.
Machine learning is no longer a sci-fi concept, but an actual application of AI technology we use every day. Machine learning engineers focus on developing computer programs that can access data and use it to learn themselves.
Their daily work involves helping machines learn by creating and fine-tuning training datasets, developing machine learning models, and testing these datasets and models on machines. The goal is for the machine to be able to make informed decisions without the direct instruction of a human.
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