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Originally Posted by samirbajaj
And just out of curiosity  as an extension to the original question:
Can SVMs be used for regression? If so, do they perform better than the regression methods we have learned about in the course?
Thanks.
Samir

Yes, there are several extensions of SVM for regression. One of which was proposed by the original SVM author, commonly named
support vector regression.
SVR can be found in common SVM packages such as LIBSVM and shares many interesting properties with the classification one. The other is extended from linear regression, commonly named leastsquare SVM.
Hope this helps.