Welcome & Introduction to Machine Learning

  • June 26 · 7:00 PM
  • DoES Liverpool

Looking forward to meeting you all at the first meetup.

Before we get started, we wanted to explain our ideas for the meetups and get your feedback - all ideas welcome!

Our idea is to run the meetups once a month and structure them around the Stanford Machine Learning course (https://www.coursera.org/course/ml).

At meeting #1 we'll start by introducing ourselves and each member of the group, and find out what experience we have, and what we'd each like to get out of the group.

Then we'll talk a little bit about what machine learning is all about and some classic applications.

After introductions, Simon will do a short introduction to week 1: "Linear Regression with One Variable". If you want to learn more, you can study the course material and do the exercises over the coming month.

Finally we'd love to get input from the group about any experience you have with machine learning and have a broader discussion on the topic.

In meetup #2 there'll be a chance to demo solutions and discuss any problems from week 1.We'll also be looking for a volunteer to introduce week 2's topic to the group.

You don't need to bring anything to this meetup, just yourselves. See you there!

Simon & Paul

Sea Level Research Ltd will provide some free drinks.

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  • Simon Holgate

    I've just signed up for the Coursera "Practical Machine Learning" through John Hopkins and starting on 7th July. It's only 4 weeks and it feels like it will neatly complement the Stanford Course. Hopefully I'll be able to feedback about it next time :)

    June 27

  • Paul Furley

    Great intro meeting to machine learning with lots of input from the group. Looking forward to studying the Stanford course.

    2 · June 27

  • Tom McMillen

    Unfortunately I won't be able to make it tonight.

    I've previously got most of the way through the ML course, but not had chance to start using any ML for fun or work. Hopefully that will change soon, so getting through the course with everyones help will be great.

    As this story has come up twice in the last day about the failings of ML with regards to catastrophe, and some personal experience I'll briefly share it here...

    A turkey arrives at a farm and is worried when the farmer comes over, but the turkey is fed.

    The next day the turkey is worried as the farmer approaches, but the turkey is fed.

    And so on for many days, each day reinforcing the benign nature of the farmer to the turkey.

    The next day is thanksgiving.


    My daughter has spent many days roller skating, giving us loads of confidence, but after a fall yesterday and a wait till 2:30am at A&E to get her minor left arm break put in a cast, I'm too tired to come along.

    Hopefully I'll be able to make the next meeting!

    June 26

    • Paul Furley

      Thanks for turkey story Tom - made me laugh! Sorry to hear about your daughter though :S

      June 26

    • Simon Holgate

      Oh no! I hope your daughter is doing OK and gets better quickly. Hope to see you soon (like Tuesday at the Clojure Dojo!).

      June 26

  • Robert AI White

    Sorry I can't make it due to French class. I will try to meet up next time.

    June 25

    • Simon Holgate

      Hi Robert, too bad! Hope to see you next time!

      June 26

  • xsz

    Sorry, Simon, I can't make it today, I just share a link of core materials with coursera on machine learning ( https://docs.google.com/document...­ )

    May 19

    • Simon Holgate

      Hi Xsz, thanks for getting in touch but don't worry, you were a little ahead of the curve! We had to check on availability and, as it happened, we had to move the Meetup from June 19 to June 26! I hope you can come then anyway :) Best wishes, Simon

      May 24

    • Robert AI White

      thanks for the doc

      May 25

  • Robert AI White

    See you there.

    May 25

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