Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning

Can a machine learn from the mistakes of others? Can it at least learn from its own mistakes?

Credit Scores

The Credit Score is a classic example of predictive analytics. A pile of information about you and your financial history is mathematically combined into a single number, your “credit score”, that purports to predict your future behavior. Paying your debts, etc.

Decision Trees

See the website smalltime.com for an amusing illustration of a decision tree, wherein you assume the guise of a dictator or a sitcom character, and the computer attempts to determine who you are.

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