[ml] Machine Learning Lecture Wed 5/5: A Brief Tour of Statistics

Ian ian at slumbrparty.com
Thu Apr 29 17:38:14 UTC 2010

thanks for starting this up again. i'll be there!

On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 9:28 PM, Thomas Lotze <thomas.lotze at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey all!  Next week, I'm going to try to give a brief tour of statistics:
> how to think like a statistician, what statisticians are trying to do, and
> some big statistical ideas relevant to machine learning.  I'm hoping to give
> people a good understanding of statistical thinking, and hopefully spawn
> some ideas on future talks.  We'll meet at 8 PM in the same place we've been
> meeting (the classroom in the back corner)
> I'm planning on starting fairly promptly (8:05) regardless of how many
> people are here, because there's a lot I'm hoping to talk about -- so please
> arrive as close to 8 PM as possible!
> The topics I'm planning on covering are:
> Basic statistics and probability: random numbers and distributions
> Some good distributions to know: binomial, poisson, normal
> Estimating distribution parameters
> Unbiased estimators and the bias/variance tradeoff
> Confidence intervals, Testing and p-values
> Maximum Likelihood Estimators
> Another look at Regression
> Logistic Regression
> Why statisticians love the normal distribution
> Why Taleb Naseem hates the normal distribution
> Bootstrapping techniques
> A statistical perspective on Induction
> What Bayesian Statistics is basically about
> But if you have anything else you're interested in, let me know!
> Cheers,
> Thomas
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