Does Machine Learning Require Programming?

“Machine learning is often touted as a field of study that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. Despite this common claim, anyone who has worked in the field knows that designing effective machine learning systems is a tedious endeavor, and typically requires considerable experience with machine learning algorithms, expert knowledge of the problem domain, and brute force search to accomplish. Thus, contrary to what machine learning enthusiasts would have us believe, machine learning still requires a considerable amount of explicit programming.” Read more at this Randal Olson’s post.

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1 Response to Does Machine Learning Require Programming?

  1. jacobfeldman says:

    J-F Puget wrote in his new post:

    “So, aren’t we on the verge of machine learning automation? I’d say yes and no. Yes, lots of the tedious part of machine learning is going to be automated. Selecting the right learning rate will no longer be a key human skill. But I do think there is room for smart data scientists. Feature engineering can be quite tricky and I doubt all of it can be automated.”

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