Visual introduction to machine learning

Posted to Infographics  |  Tags:  |  Nathan Yau

What is machine learning? It sounds like a bunch of computers get together in the library on Tuesdays and study during all-nighters. It’s not quite that.

Stephanie Yee and Tony Chu provide a really good visual explanation of the computer science subfield. The vertical scroller should clear up some misconceptions.

The great thing about it is that it walks you through a basic example and shows you step-by-step what’s actually happening when a machine “learns.” The transitions through each step keep you tied into the process.

Give it a go. This is the first part of an experiment to explain statistical concepts through interaction design. Worth keeping an eye on this one. [Thanks, @tonyhschu]


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