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Elements of machine learning
Langley, Pat.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : Morgan Kaufmann, [1996]

Physical Description:
xii, 419 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Central Library Q325.5 .L36 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Recent years have seen an explosion of work on machine learning, the computational study of algorithms that improve performance based on experience. Research on rule induction, neural networks, genetic algorithms, case-based reasoning, and probabilistic inference has produced a variety of robust methods for inducing knowledge from training data. This book covers the main induction algorithms explored in the literature and presents them within a coherent theoretical framework that moves beyond traditional paradigm boundaries. Elements of Machine Learning provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental concepts and problems in the field. The book illustrates a variety of basic algorithms for inducing simple concepts from experience, presents alternatives for organizing learned concepts into large-scale structures, and discusses adaptations of the learning methods to more complex problem-solving tasks. The chapters describe these computational techniques in detail and give examples of their operation, along with exercises and references to the literature. This text is suitable for use in graduate courses on machine learning. Researchers and students in artificial intelligence

Table of Contents

1 An overview of machine learning
2 The induction of logical conjunctions
3 The induction of threshold concepts
4 The induction of competitive concepts
5 The construction of decision lists
6 Revision and extension of inference networks
7 The formation of concept hierarchies
8 Other issues in concept induction
9 The formation of transition networks
10 The acquisition of search-control knowledge
11 The formation of macro-operators
12 Prospects for machine learning

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