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Principles of Data Science by Sinan Ozdemir

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Linear algebra

Remember the movie recommendation engine we looked at earlier? What if we had 10,000 movies to recommend and we had to choose only 10 to give to the user? We'd have to take a dot product between the user profile and each of the 10,000 movies. Linear algebra provides the tools to make these calculations much more efficient.

It is an area of mathematics that deals with the math of matrices and vectors. It has the aim of breaking down these objects and reconstructing them in order to provide practical applications. Let's look at a few linear algebra rules before proceeding.

Matrix multiplication

Like numbers, we can multiple matrices together. Multiplying matrices is, in essence, a mass produced way of taking several dot products at once. ...

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