Should you ask a Question during Seminar?

Asking a question in a seminar is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you gonna get.

“All of the humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”  

— Blaise Pascal, Pensées

The best thing to being Grad student is … “the free food” on a seminar.

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Learning from data and Three learning principles

The learning problem and the principles before building a model.

This blog is mainly based on the book and lecture notes by Professor Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa from Caltech on Learning from data , you could benefit a lot from the lecture and videos.

Problem:

“In God we trust, and others bring data”.

If you show a picture to a three-year-old and ask if there is a tree in it, you will likely get the correct answer. But if you ask a thirty-year-old what the definition of a tree is, you will likely get an inconclusive answer.

We didn’t learn what a tree is by studying the mathematical definition of a tree. We learned it  by looking at trees. In other words, we learn from ‘Data’.

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