The Master Algorithm

The Master Algorithm

How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World

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Baker & Taylor
Describes the quest to find the master algorithm, which will take machine learning to the next level, allowing computers to learn how to solve not just particular problems but any problem.

Perseus Publishing
"Wonderfully erudite, humorous, and easy to read." --KDNuggets

In the world's top research labs and universities, the race is on to invent the ultimate learning algorithm: one capable of discovering any knowledge from data, and doing anything we want, before we even ask. In The Master Algorithm, Pedro Domingos lifts the veil to give us a peek inside the learning machines that power Google, Amazon, and your smartphone. He assembles a blueprint for the future universal learner-the Master Algorithm-and discusses what it will mean for business, science, and society. If data-ism is today's philosophy, this book is its bible.


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This book by a computer scientist applies a very old idea to the shiny new technology of computer science. The technology in question is Big Data, the use of mathematical algorithms to process huge quantities of raw information into patterns (such as buyer preferences on Amazon.com). The very old concept is the idea that scientific progress is represented by a magic object that contains all knowledge. The eighteenth-century version of this concept is a book-the encyclopedia that contains everything. The author's new spin is to suggest there is One True Algorithm, and once computer scientists find it, it will give them the answer to every question. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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Describes the quest to find the Master Algorithm, which will take machine learning to the next level, allowing computers to learn how to solve not just particular problems but any problem. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York :, Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780465065707
Branch Call Number: 003.54 DOM
Characteristics: 329 pages ;,25 cm

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Dec 08, 2015

This is a most excellent book, probably more directed at those interested in, or employed in the area of, computer science, but equally understandable to the general public. Covers the spectrum of machine learning (essentially the bleeding edge of AI today) and Prof. Domingos does a wonderful job delving into the extreme depths of Bayes Theorem! [Just wished he'd mentioned Cornell's Eureqa program, but he still covers a wide range of topics.]

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