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Machine Learning For Kids

You must have definitely played some robot battle games, like Supreme Commander or Mechwarrior. If not, you would have at least seen a robo-combat. Robots there are programmed to attack and ‘fight’ each other using an algorithm (a set of instructions that must be followed to complete a task).

If machine learning was utilized in this situation, the robot would itself make a choice based on the information it was provided at that time. That is, rather than being commanded through code to always perform option A, the robot would choose to perform either option A or option B. It could choose by itself when to attack and when to defend the enemy.

Rather than programming a software with a set of instructions,machine learning teaches an algorithm so that the machine can learn how to make decisions on its own.

What Is Machine Learning?

Machine Learning is a sub-field of artificial intelligence that is based on the concept that systems/machines can learn from data, recognize patterns, and make decisions with little or no human interference.We give machines access to information and allow them to learn for themselves.It’s simply getting a computer to perform a task without specifically programming it to do so.

How Machine Learning Works?

Machine learning is about training an algorithm. To train an algorithm, you’ll need a neural network, which is a collection of algorithms inspired by biological neural networks and patterned after the human brain made up of individual neurons that are linked together.

In machine learning,a neuron is a basic,yet interconnected processing element that processes external inputs, connected through an Artificial Neural Network. Neurons function as follows: They receive one or more input signals.These input signals might come from the raw data set or neurons in the previous layer of the neural net. Then,they carry out some calculations and finally,through a synapse,they send some output signals to neurons further in the neural net.Once you’ve developed a neuron that accepts input data and produces an output, you’ll need to train it until the output is optimal.

Machine Learning employs these neurons to anticipate the result of an event, such as the price of a stock or the movement of a soccer player during a match. A neuron makes use of input data from past events to predict the outcome.

Types Of Machine Learning

Machine learning algorithms may be trained in a variety of methods. There are mainly three sub-categories:

1. Supervised Learning

One of the most fundamental forms of machine learning is supervised learning. The machine learning algorithm is trained on labelled data in this case. The algorithm is given a small training dataset to begin with, and then the algorithm seeks connections between the parameters provided,producing a cause and effect relationship between the variables in the dataset.

The user who gives the right labels acts as a supervisor, guiding the learning algorithm toward accurate answers so that it may ultimately generate them on its own. Supervised machine learning algorithms will continue to develop even after they have been implemented, discovering new patterns and correlations as they train themselves on new data.

For example,we have a data set that includes the sales data of an apartment. We would clearly have the amount paid for each purchase, as well as the size of the apartment in square metres, the number of beds, the year of construction, etc. Incorporating all of this data, we could utilise machine learning to train a regression model that predicts the selling price based on these features.

2. Unsupervised Learning

Unsupervised machine learning has the benefit of working with unlabeled data. This implies that no human labour is necessary to make the dataset machine-readable, allowing the system to work on much bigger datasets. The programme perceives relationships between data sets in an abstract way. Unsupervised learning methods are flexible. Instead of a predefined and fixed data set, unsupervised learning algorithms may adapt to the input by employing dynamic modifications.

Unsupervised learning methods often aim to discover some sort of “connection” underlying the data. This might mean, for example, visualisation in which related elements are put near one other and dissimilar items are arranged further apart. It can also refer to clustering, in which we analyze data to identify groupings or “clusters” of items that are comparable to one another but not to data in other clusters.

Grocery store chains, for example, gather data on their customers’ shopping patterns. To better understand their consumers, the retailer can either visualise the data such that customers who buy similar items are put closer together than customers who buy different items.

3. Reinforcement Learning

Reinforcement learning is directly inspired by how humans learn from data in their daily lives. It has an algorithm that uses trial-and-error methods to improve itself and learn from new circumstances. Favorable outcomes are promoted or reinforced,’ while unfavourable outcomes are discouraged.

Reinforcement learning, which is based on the psychological notion of conditioning, works by placing the algorithm in a work environment with an interpreter and a reward system. The output result is sent to the interpreter which decides if the outcome is beneficial or not.

In the case that the programme finds the correct output, the interpreter encourages the solution by rewarding the algorithm. If the result is unfavorable, the algorithm is pushed to repeat until a better result is found. As a result, the software is programmed to provide the greatest solution for the best reward.

Machine Learning Applications

Suggestions For Music And Movies- Kids who are familiar with music applications may have questioned how the programme might recommend additional songs they would want to listen to. The same goes for YouTube — how does it know which videos kids would want to watch next? All of this is feasible because of machine learning. The algorithm is trained using previously viewed movies, and then it creates and improves an algorithm that determines the listener’s or viewer’s preference based on that information.

Web Search- The process of finding results after typing anything into a search engine is extremely complex and employs machine learning. How does Google know that all of the hundreds of results are relevant to the search query? Nobody manually categorizes anything on the internet; instead, it’s a very advanced type of AI and machine learning that determines which photos are “dogs” and “cats” and which articles are about the “Avengers” or “Spider Man.”

Smart (Autonomous) Cars- Based on data from many exterior and internal sensors, machine learning can assess the driving environment and driver condition. A smart car, for example, may make an observation, detect an object, and then identify it using machine learning. Because there are so many different objects in the world, it would be virtually difficult to explicitly write into the car’s architecture what each object is or may be. However, if you train the automobile to recognise items using machine learning, it will be able to make such judgments on its own.

So, it should be apparent by now that machine learning is one of the most exciting developing fields in technology — but why should your child get involved and learn more about it?

Many firms, like DeepMind and OpenAI, aspire to solve general artificial intelligence in the next few years, which is a phrase for an AI that can learn and execute any task presented to it. This breakthrough is likely to take time, but it has the potential to transform how humans interact with technology, the job market, and society in general. Machine learning offers practical business applications such as processing massive amounts of data, powering self-driving vehicles, and assisting medical diagnosis.The amount of tasks that AI can undertake will only grow as research develops.

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