Is this the one that makes it so the machines can learn? I can never remember if it is this one or the Naïve Bayes Classifier Algorithm. No, that’s not right. It’s definitely the Support Vector Machine Algorithm or the Apriori Algorithm. One of those two is required for a machine to learn for sure. But crap I forgot about Linear and Logistic Regression and Artificial Neural Networks and Random Forests. No doubt about it that one, or a combination of more than one, are required for a machine to learn. Without one or more of these a computer is just a plain old machine, programmed with different algorithms written in code that are executed by the machine when the programs are run. But, with one or more of these algorithms, that powerful computing machine becomes an even more powerful computing machine that can learn. It’s darn near miraculous. An inanimate object, that is not alive in any sense of the word, suddenly possesses a set of abilities once reserved only for humans and some non human animals. Surely we have updated our definitions of the terms ‘machine’ and ‘learning’ to accommodate this new reality of machines learning left and right. Let me go check the old dictionary. Hmmm, OK, well dictionaries are so 1990’s, am I right? It doesn’t matter anyways because now that we have the ability to grant life like powers with math and statistics we will be unstoppable. Yeah!

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