The Five Tribes of Machine Learning, and What You Can Take from Each
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  Pedro Domingos   Pedro Domingos
Professor of Computer Science
University of Washington


Wednesday, August 19, 2015
03:00 PM - 03:45 PM

Level:  Technical - Intermediate

There are five main schools of thought in machine learning, and each has its own master algorithm - a general-purpose learner that can in principle be applied to any domain. The symbolists have inverse deduction, the connectionists have backpropagation, the evolutionaries have genetic programming, the Bayesians have probabilistic inference, and the analogizers have support vector machines. What we really need, however, is a single algorithm combining the key features of all of them. In this talk I will:
  • Describe my work toward this goal, including in particular Markov logic networks
  • Speculate on the new applications that such a universal learner will enable
  • How society will change as a result

Pedro Domingos is a professor of computer science at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a winner of the SIGKDD Innovation Award, the highest honor in data science. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and has received a Fulbright Scholarship, a Sloan Fellowship, the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, and numerous best paper awards. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Irvine and is the author or co-author of over 200 technical publications. He has held visiting positions at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, and MIT. He co-founded the International Machine Learning Society in 2001. His research spans a wide variety of topics in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science, including scaling learning algorithms to big data, maximizing word of mouth in social networks, unifying logic and probability, and deep learning.

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