Challenge to Machine Learning


Machine Learning is getting famous and attractive to analyze big data.  It has a long history to be developed as the algorithm since 1950s.  However machine learning gets a spotlight among data scientist recently because  a lot of data,  computer resources and data storage, which are necessary for machine learning, has been available with reasonable costs.    I would like to introduce a basic algorithm of Machine Learning by using R language,  which I recommended before.

1.  Problem sets

Observed data x= [1,2,3] and y= [5,7,9].  Then I would like to find what are a and b when I assume that it can be expressed  y=ax+b.  Yes, it is obvious that a=2 and b=3, however, I want this solution by using algorithms to calculate them.


2. Algorithm

This is my program of machine learning to find what  a and b are.  I would like to focus on Bold part of the program.

First step      :       update parameters

Second step :       calculate the updated value of the cost function by the updated parameters

Third step    :       compare the updated value with the old value of the cost function and stop calculation if it is considered as convergence

Go back to the first step above.

These three steps above are generally used in machine learning algorithms. So it is useful if you can remember them.



y=matrix(c(5, 7, 9),3,1)

for (i in seq(1,1000)){
if (abs(jnew-j)<=10^(-8)) break


3.  The result of calculation

I use  le=0.1 as a learning rate.  Then I get the result of the calculation below.

[1] 521

[1,] 2.997600
[2,] 2.001056

This means that the value of the cost function is convergent at 521 time calculations.  a = 2.001056 and b =  2.997600.    They are very close to true values a=2 and b=3.  So it is considered that this algorithm can find the solutions.


This algorithm is one of the most simple ones. However, it includes the fundamental structure which can be applied to other complex algorithms.  So I recommend you to implement this by yourself and be familiar with this kind of algorithms.  In short, 1. Update parameters  2. Calculate the updated value of cost function  3. Make sure updated value is convergent.   Yes, it is so simple!

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