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What Are The Prerequisites For Machine Learning?

Published on Aug 06,2019 1.3K Views

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Machine Learning is undoubtedly the most in-demand technology of the era! If you’re a beginner who’s getting started with Machine Learning, it’s important you know the prerequisites for Machine Learning. This blog will help you understand the different concepts that you need to know before you get started with Machine Learning.

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Here’s a list of topics covered in this blog:

  1. Prerequisites for Machine Learning
  2. Understanding Machine Learning with a use case

Prerequisites For Machine Learning

To get started with Machine Learning you must be familiar with the following concepts:

  1. Statistics
  2. Linear Algebra
  3. Calculus
  4. Probability
  5. Programming Languages

Statistics

Statistics contain tools that can be used to get some outcome from the data. There is descriptive statistics which is used to transform raw data in some important information. Also, inferential statistics can be used to get important information from a sample of data instead of using complete dataset.

To learn more about Statistics you can go through the following blogs:

  1. All You Need To Know About Statistics And Probability
  2. A Complete Guide To Maths And Statistics For Data Science

Linear Algebra

Linear algebra deals with vectors, matrices, and linear transformations. It is very important in machine learning as it can be used to transform and perform operations on the dataset.

Calculus

Calculus is an important field in mathematics and it plays an integral role in many machine learning algorithms. Data set having multiple features are used to build machine learning models as features are multiple multivariable calculus plays an important role to build a machine learning model. Integrations and Differentiations are a must.

Probability

Probability helps predict the likelihood of the occurrences, It helps us to reason the situation may or may not happen again. For machine learning, probability is a foundation.

Mathematics

To learn more about Probability, you can go through this All You Need To Know About Statistics And Probability blog.

Programming language

It is essential to know programming languages like R and Python in order to implement the whole Machine Learning process. Python and R both provide in-built libraries that make it very easy to implement Machine Learning algorithms.

Programming Languages

Apart from having basic programming knowledge, it is also important that you know how to extract, process and analyze data. This is one of the most important skills that is needed for Machine Learning.

To learn more about the programming languages for Machine Learning, you can go through the following blogs:

  1. A Comprehensive Guide To R For Data Science
  2. Python for Data Science – How to Implement Python Libraries
  3. The Best Python Libraries For Data Science And Machine Learning

Machine Learning Use Case

Machine learning is all about creating an algorithm that can learn from data to make a prediction like what kinds of objects are there in the picture, or recommendation engine, the best combination of drugs to cure the certain disease or spam filtering.

Machine learning is built on mathematical prerequisites and if you know why maths is used in machine learning it will make it fun. You need to know the maths behind the functions you will be using and which model is suitable for the data and why.

So let’s start with an interesting problem of predicting house prices, having a dataset containing a history of different features and prices, for now, we will consider the area of the living space in square feet and the prices.

Now we have a data set containing two columns as shown below:

Machine Learning Use Case - Prerequisites For Machine Learning - Edureka

There must be some correlation between these two variables to find out we will need to build a model which can predict the price of houses, how can we do it?

Let’s graph this data and see how it looks like:

Machine Learning Use Case Graph - Prerequisites For Machine Learning - EdurekaHere X-axis is the price per sqft of living space and the Y-axis is the price of the house. If we plot all the data points we will get a scatter plot which can be represented by a line as shown in the figure above and if we input some data it will then predict some outcome. Ideally, we have to find a line that will intersect the maximum data points.

Here we are trying to create a line which is termed as:

Y=mX + c

This method of predicting the linear relationship between the target (dependent variable) and predictor variable (independent variable) is termed as linear regression. It allows us to study and summarize a relation between two variables.

  • X = Independent variable
  • Y = Dependent variable
  • c = y-intercept
  • m = Slop of line

If we consider the equation we have values for X which is an independent variable, so all we have to do is calculate values for m and c in order to predict the value of Y.

So how do we find these variables?

In order to find these variables, we can try a bunch of values and try to find out a line which intersects the maximum number of data points. But, how can we find the best fit line?

So in order to find the best-fit line, we can use least squares error function that will find the error between the real value of y and the predicted value y`.

The least-squares error function can be represented using the following equation:

Machine Learning Use Case Formula - Prerequisites For Machine Learning - Edureka

Using this function we can find out the error for each predicted data point by comparing it with the actual value of the data point. You then take the summation of all these errors and square them to find out the deviation in the prediction.

If we add the third axis to our graph containing all possible error values and plot it in 3-Dimensional space, it will look like this:

Gradient Descent - Prerequisites For Machine Learning - Edureka

In the above image, the ideal values would be in the bottom black part which will predict the prices close to the actual data point. The next step is to find the best possible values for m and c. This can be done by using the optimization technique called gradient descent.

Gradient descent is an iterative method, where we start with initializing some set of values for our variables and improve them slowly by minimizing the error between the actual value and the predicted value.

Now if we think practically the prices of the apartment don’t really depend only on price per square feet, there are many factors such as the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. If we consider those features as well then the equation will look something like this

Y = b0 + b1x1 + b2x2 + …..+bnxn + c

This is multilinear regression this belongs to linear algebra, here we can use matrices of size mxn where m are features and n are data points.

Let’s consider another situation where we can use probability to find the condition of the house in order to classify a house based on whether it is in good condition or bad condition. For this, to work we will have to use a technique called Logistic Regression which works on the probability of occurrences represented by a sigmoid function.

In this article, we covered the prerequisites of machine learning and how they are applied in machine learning. So basically, it consists of statistics, calculus, linear algebra, and probability theory. Calculus has techniques used for optimization, linear algebra has algorithms which can work on huge data sets, with probability we can predict the likelihood of occurrences and statistics helps us infer useful insights from the sample of data sets.

Now that you know the Prerequisities for Machine Learning, I’m sure you’re curious to learn more. Here are a few blogs that will help you get started with Data Science:

  1. Machine Learning Tutorial for Beginners
  2. Introduction To Machine Learning: All You Need To Know About Machine Learning
  3. Machine Learning Algorithms
  4. A Guide To Machine Learning Interview Questions And Answers

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