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Ask HN: How can an individual get into machine learning?
4 points by namanyayg on Sept 9, 2014 | hide | past | favorite | 5 comments
HN, I'm a web developer who's good at front-end programming and okayish at back-end programming.

Reading articles on large companies making breakthroughs in machine learning and neural networking makes a part of me quite excited.

So I wanted to ask if it's useful for an individual to get into this sort of stuff? Is this a viable career path right now? What beginner books or sites can you recommend?

Thank you for the links, sorry for posting an oft-repeated question.

Np. Way to avoid this is to do this:

google site:news.ycombinator.com subject of your question

More often than not a bunch of links will pop up.

good luck with studying!


Do this Coursera course, targeted towards beginners and its taught by Andrew Ng (Co-founder of Coursera) - https://www.coursera.org/course/ml

The videos are available here: https://class.coursera.org/ml-005/lecture

I think it is worth mentioning that "beginners" should be understood as beginners in machine learning and not beginners in computer science. Ng's course more or less assumes students have the equivalent of an upper division undergraduate or graduate background in computer science.

While it may be a valuable learning experience for a person who isn't comfortable knocking out algorithms, academic success will be rather difficult to achieve.

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