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An Introduction to Support Vector Machines and Other Kernel-based Learning Methods by Nello Cristianini, John Shawe-Taylor

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The Learning Methodology

The construction of machines capable of learning from experience has for a long time been the object of both philosophical and technical debate. The technical aspect of the debate has received an enormous impetus from the advent of electronic computers. They have demonstrated that machines can display a significant level of learning ability, though the boundaries of this ability are far from being clearly defined.

The availability of reliable learning systems is of strategic importance, as there are many tasks that cannot be solved by classical programming techniques, since no mathematical model of the problem is available. So for example it is not known how to write a computer program to perform hand-written character ...

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