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The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by Nobody: 7:45pm On Dec 01, 2016
Can Machines think?
The question above was postulated by one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century, Alan Turing. The question forced computer scientists to think of ways to handle machines. They trained machines using data sets and the machines were able to make logical deductions from the data it had been given. It led to the development of neural networks.
It wasn't much of a success then because of the lack of adequate data and less computational power of the machines but now we have the data and we have the machines. Developed countries are already using it to improve the quality of their lives.
Lots of people here in Nigeria limit the definition of Computer science to the development of apps and websites, forgetting that it is just a part.
I created this thread to ask about the future of machine learning in Nigeria. It can be used to solve a wide variety of problems from finance, health etc.
Do we have experts in the field here in Nigeria? Do we have beginners here as well? I'm also a beginner.
Let's identify ourselves and have a talk

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Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by henryleecom(m): 9:14pm On Dec 01, 2016
Am still a beginner too
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by Nobody: 9:34pm On Dec 01, 2016
henryleecom:
Am still a beginner too
I thought no one would reply.
So bro, how's the journey so far?
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by wellahealth: 2:16am On Dec 02, 2016
We collect health data and are planning on using machine learning to build predictive models in health care.

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Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by talk2hb1(m): 8:33am On Dec 02, 2016
Collecting Housing price data and trying to predict future cost using Bayes learner. I have been working on this custom WordPress plugin to help filter spam comments, but my busy schedule kept that in a safe house.

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Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by Nobody: 10:05am On Dec 02, 2016
wellahealth:
We collect health data and are planning on using machine learning to build predictive models in health care.
Wow! I'm actually interested in the health care applications of machine learning.
Instead of relying on intuition alone, it would be helpful if the doctors had some previous data as well.
I'm also a bit worried because I don't know how our medical doctors here are going to take it.
So how did you start learning ML?
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by Nobody: 10:11am On Dec 02, 2016
talk2hb1:
Collecting Housing price data and trying to predict future cost using Bayes learner. I have been working on this custom WordPress plugin to help filter spam comments, but my busy schedule kept that in a safe house.
That's cool. I'm a learner but I want to ask a question.
What are the things you put into consideration? I'm referring to the former
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by talk2hb1(m): 11:19am On Dec 02, 2016
Gaara101:

That's cool. I'm a learner but I want to ask a question.
What are the things you put into consideration? I'm referring to the former
location, floor space.
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by TheEastActivist: 1:03pm On Dec 02, 2016
I think machine learning has to do with AI.

What's unique about AI is that they generate their own data, just like the way humans do..

They learn by themselves using complex logics

Anything short than that is an AI sub which can be an expert system or a knowledg-based system...

I have developed an expert system before which uses precoded data to draw conclusions... Cool anyway and can be used in all field of study including robotics.

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Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by henryleecom(m): 11:30pm On Dec 02, 2016
Gaara101:

I thought no one would reply.
So bro, how's the journey so far?
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by henryleecom(m): 11:34pm On Dec 02, 2016
Gaara101:

I thought no one would reply.
So bro, how's the journey so far?
Been good bro....
I have learnt html5 and css3 now learning php and javascript

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Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by neahyo(m): 11:34am On Dec 03, 2016
Hi! I'm a graduate of Statistics with a decent grade. I'm a data analyst and machine learning enthusiast; I'm pretty good with machine learning algorithms.
After taking a course on Data mining at school, the book that changed my life was "Introduction to Statistical Learning Using R" by Hastie, Written, Tibshirani. I would love to share ideas with other machine learners. Anyways I'm proficient with R, STATA, and Minitab, I'd love to collaborate with any one with valuable data.

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Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by Nobody: 1:20pm On Dec 03, 2016
Took a related module at school which I found interesting. Ive read up a bit on its role in healthcare where it would probably have the greatest impact, we're a long way away but it's exciting when you think of the potential it has to revolutionise the industry.
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by forap(m): 1:48pm On Dec 03, 2016
1bkaye:
Took a related module at school which I found interesting. Ive read up a bit on its role in healthcare where it would probably have the greatest impact, we're a long way away but it's exciting when you think of the potential it has to revolutionise the industry.

Interesting...
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by Nobody: 2:21pm On Dec 03, 2016
forap:


Interesting...
It is isn't it
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by forap(m): 2:57pm On Dec 03, 2016
1bkaye:
It is isn't it

Sure it is, AI is probably the most exciting branch of computer science, albeit most difficult.
I find it interesting when a lady takes interest in it.
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by Nobody: 3:55pm On Dec 03, 2016
forap:


Sure it is, AI is probably the most exciting branch of computer science, albeit most difficult.
I find it interesting when a lady takes interest in it.
Women are pretty scarce in the field so I get smiley
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by forap(m): 4:27pm On Dec 03, 2016
Very true.
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by FloatingPoint: 5:27pm On Dec 03, 2016
My interest is in the application of ML in Computer Vision like object/pattern recognition etc.
It will be great to keep this thread alive.

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Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by Nobody: 12:21pm On Dec 04, 2016
neahyo:
Hi! I'm a graduate of Statistics with a decent grade. I'm a data analyst and machine learning enthusiast; I'm pretty good with machine learning algorithms.
After taking a course on Data mining at school, the book that changed my life was "Introduction to Statistical Learning Using R" by Hastie, Written, Tibshirani. I would love to share ideas with other machine learners. Anyways I'm proficient with R, STATA, and Minitab, I'd love to collaborate with any one with valuable data.
That's great.
What aspect of machine learning are you focused on?
I just downloaded the book you listed. Do you need to have a statistical background before delving in.
I skimmed through the chapter and it seems kind of easy but the author said the reader should have taken at least a statistics class.
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by Nobody: 12:23pm On Dec 04, 2016
1bkaye:
Took a related module at school which I found interesting. Ive read up a bit on its role in healthcare where it would probably have the greatest impact, we're a long way away but it's exciting when you think of the potential it has to revolutionise the industry.
That's good to know.
Are you still involved in the field?
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by Nobody: 12:57pm On Dec 04, 2016
Gaara101:

That's good to know.
Are you still involved in the field?
Not a data analyst or anything though I work in tech
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by neahyo(m): 4:57pm On Dec 04, 2016
Gaara101:

That's great.
What aspect of machine learning are you focused on?
I just downloaded the book you listed. Do you need to have a statistical background before delving in.
I skimmed through the chapter and it seems kind of easy but the author said the reader should have taken at least a statistics class.
To be proficient with machine learning, basic knowledge of statistics and mathematics is required. You will need a bit of mathematics to understand topics such as SVM, dimension reduction techniques, and others. I took the Stanford's online course "Introduction to Statistical learning" I think in 2014 during my third year, but I scored 41%, I had to retake in 2015 which I scored (if I can remember vividly) 65%. The course is taken yearly, the next class will likely hold in March or thereabout.

By the way, I don't understand your question about what aspect of machine learning I'm focused on. I hope to get involved in Deep learning, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition and other related areas. For now, I can only say I work on supervised and unsupervised problems. Bro, read articles by Brendan Connor, Andrew Gelman, Nathan Yau of flowing data; there is so much to learn, I'm also trying to get my feet on the ground as well. If you are have any problem with the book, I will be glad to help.

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Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by Nobody: 5:17pm On Dec 04, 2016
neahyo:

To be proficient with machine learning, basic knowledge of statistics and mathematics is required. You will need a bit of mathematics to understand topics such as SVM, dimension reduction techniques, and others. I took the Stanford's online course "Introduction to Statistical learning" I think in 2014 during my third year, but I scored 41%, I had to retake in 2015 which I scored (if I can remember vividly) 65%. The course is taken yearly, the next class will likely hold in March or thereabout.

By the way, I don't understand your question about what aspect of machine learning I'm focused on. I hope to get involved in Deep learning, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition and other related areas. For now, I can only say I work on supervised and unsupervised problems. Bro, read articles by Brendan Connor, Andrew Gelman, Nathan Yau of flowing data; there is so much to learn, I'm also trying to get my feet on the ground as well. If you are have any problem with the book, I will be glad to help.
I'm very much aware of the importance of math in machine learning. I'm currently studying a linear algebra textbook and I want to study statistics in general as well.
I will definitely read those articles.
Thanks for offering your help. I will definitely ask if I come across something difficult.
Perhaps it was how I phrased the question? I was asking of the sector you apply ML. Be it health, finance etc.
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by Nobody: 5:19pm On Dec 04, 2016
FloatingPoint:
My interest is in the application of ML in Computer Vision like object/pattern recognition etc.
It will be great to keep this thread alive.
That's cool bro.
So how far have you gone. What language do you use?
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by Nobody: 5:20pm On Dec 04, 2016
1bkaye:

Not a data analyst or anything though I work in tech
Really?
What do you do?
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by neahyo(m): 7:23pm On Dec 04, 2016
Gaara101:

I'm very much aware of the importance of math in machine learning. I'm currently studying a linear algebra textbook and I want to study statistics in general as well.
I will definitely read those articles.
Thanks for offering your help. I will definitely ask if I come across something difficult.
Perhaps it was how I phrased the question? I was asking of the sector you apply ML. Be it health, finance etc.

I apply ML across many sectors including but not limited to: finance, health, engineering, education. It depends on the problem I'm faced with. I do analysis where I use R week in and out, I do hope to leave my comfort zone (R) and move to Python, SAS (I've tried to download the university free edition all to no avail).

Parting word: You are an homo sapien with unquantifiable ability, only ants in ants' colony micro-specialise. Don't limit yourself to a particular sector.

My two cents....

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Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by Nobody: 9:47pm On Dec 04, 2016
Gaara101:

Really?
What do you do?
Development/Testing
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by FloatingPoint: 9:37am On Dec 10, 2016
Gaara101:

That's cool bro.
So how far have you gone. What language do you use?

Currently I am deepening my understanding of statistics and linear algebra. I use C/C++ on OpenCV. I am also learning python for faster experimentation of algorithms.
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by neahyo(m): 1:31pm On Dec 10, 2016
Since this thread is getting dry, do you mind if I spice it up with some talks on machine learning using R?
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by FloatingPoint: 11:31am On Dec 11, 2016
^ Gaara101, its your call. I think that will be cool though.
Re: The Future Of Machine Learning In Nigeria by Nobody: 11:41am On Dec 11, 2016
neahyo:
Since this thread is getting dry, do you mind if I spice it up with some talks on machine learning using R?
I don't mind at all. Please go ahead.

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