The one machine learning concept you need to know

Machine learning is hard. Some people spend weeks, months, even years trying to learn machine learning without any success. They play around with datasets, buy books, compete on Kaggle, but ultimately make little progress. One of the big problems, is that many people just want to “dive in and build something.” I admire the ambition of these students, but I absolutely think that the “just build something” method of learning a new subject is vastly overrated. In order to learn a technical subject, it pays off to have a solid understanding of the conceptual framework that underlies that subject. To quote Cal Newport: “to master a technical subject, you need to develop intuition for every major concept.” Machine learning is no exception. And ultimately, in order to build your understanding,…

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