Machine Learning Versus Machine Discovery

Raul Valdes-PerezCrunch Network Contributor Raul Valdes-Perez is the co-founder of OnlyBoth. More posts by this contributor: Robot Writers Need Something To Say How to join the networkMachine learning is hot. Where it applies, it heatedly enables data-rich and knowledge-lean automation of valuable tasks of perception, classification and numeric prediction. Its sibling, machine discovery, deals with uncovering new knowledge that enlightens or guides human beings. Let’s consider where learning or discovery best applies — and why this matters for business. Years ago I was a machine-discovery researcher. Scholarly articles were published in the journal Machine Learning, and presentations were made at Machine Learning conferences, since it seemed that learning and discovery were similar human activities. As a (veteran) entrepreneur, I’m often asked whether a learning approach makes sense for automating some task,…


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