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samihaq 07-16-2013 09:46 PM

Role of convex optimization
 
Hi,

Does convex optimization play a vital role in machine learning ?? Is it worth and absolutely necessary to learn it inside out in great detail to get mastery in machine learning?

thanks

yaser 07-17-2013 02:19 PM

Re: Role of convex optimization
 
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Originally Posted by samihaq (Post 11274)
Does convex optimization play a vital role in machine learning ?? Is it worth and absolutely necessary to learn it inside out in great detail to get mastery in machine learning?

Optimization is a utility in machine learning, where you need to know enough to be able to use it properly. If you are new to the subject, no need to know it "inside out," but that can't hurt either. On the research front, some topics that have strong optimization content such as submodular functions and deep learning are currently active.

samihaq 07-17-2013 10:44 PM

Re: Role of convex optimization
 
Thank you very much Professor. I am new to the subject so it seems i should read a book or two about it as i think in every machine learning problem, we need to optimize some objective function, so i think convex optimization would help in global optimization of the objective functions in ML. Is this correct ?

Thank you very much

yaser 07-18-2013 12:03 AM

Re: Role of convex optimization
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by samihaq (Post 11286)
Thank you very much Professor. I am new to the subject so it seems i should read a book or two about it as i think in every machine learning problem, we need to optimize some objective function, so i think convex optimization would help in global optimization of the objective functions in ML. Is this correct ?

Convex optimization is an excellent subject to learn about, even if it does not apply directly to many (non-convex) objective functions.

samihaq 07-18-2013 12:24 AM

Re: Role of convex optimization
 
Thank you very much Professor. I really appreciate your help and guidance.


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