So what the heck is Machine Learning anyway? - Agilis

So what the heck is Machine Learning anyway?

Good question. “Machine learning is a hot area because there’s a lot of information out there. How do we make sense out of it? How do we find the needle in the haystack?” So asks Walter Sun, an expert who’s job it is to make Microsoft’s Bing great by giving users ‘the most up-to-the-minute information about current events’. He came up with Bing Predicts, the idea being that large amounts of real time data can predict events or results with greatly improved success.

Machine learning is about making data smarter, and using data in smarter ways, to help us understand events or phenomena better. Machine learning is part of what is known as Business Intelligence, and here at Agilis we’re keen to develop training products in this area that fit with business needs in practical and understandable ways.

“Around the world, machine learning is transforming technology, using big data to bring new insights for businesses in a wide variety of industries and helping people achieve more in their daily lives.”

(Source: Microsoft)

According to SAS, “machine learning allows computers to find hidden insights without being explicitly programmed where to look”, in other words, you don’t need to know what you’re looking for to be able to find what you need. This is hugely useful in areas such as:

  • Fraud detection
  • Web search results
  • Real-time ads on web pages and mobile devices
  • Text-based sentiment analysis
  • Credit scoring and next-best offers
  • Prediction of equipment failures
  • New pricing models
  • Network intrusion detection
  • Pattern and image recognition
  • Email spam filtering

(Source: SAS)

Here in Malta, especially within the financial and gaming sector, machine learning can help a lot. The first step is to know more about it and understand more about what it could do for your business. Contact Agilis with questions or suggestions about where you think your business needs training in machine learning.

Author: Pen Lister

Pen Lister is Academic Lead at Agilis, and has fifteen plus years in tech and new media, the last ten years spent lecturing at a London University. She’s now living in Malta, doing a PhD in augmented reality learning.
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