Week 5

Mar 24, 2019

Things have been going okay so far. I am currently continuing the machine learning course I was working on previously. I have had some problems with one of the programming activities in this course. The activity involved implementing the gradient descent algorithm. At first, the program I wrote just gave errors and did not work at all. I had to talk to a mentor on the forum, who explained the algorithm more clearly to me. However, even after that, the program ran, but I was unable to make it give the correct result.

I am continuing work on the original project as well. I will soon contact district officials for the final data set necessary for the machine Iearning algorithm, as well as use Weka to test even more algorithms on the data sets I already possess. I am also planning to start reading another machine learning book that I have obtained, called Foundations of Machine Learning.

2 Replies to “Week 5”

  1. Savinay C. says:

    I also had some difficulty with that program. Keep tinkering with it and you will find what you were doing incorrectly. It’s the best way to learn!

  2. Sahil J. says:

    Most of the battle is debugging! Keep chugging along, and I’m sure you’ll get the desired results.

    Usually, what I do, is open a new program, and rewrite the code. Another strategy is known as the Rubber Duck strategy: basically, you take a rubber duck and you explain your code to it. 9 times out of 10, you’ll find your bug while explaining the code. Works like a charm 🙂

    Good luck.

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