Friday, October 14, 2005

Machine Teaching instead of Machine Learning

Being a disciple of the Machine Learning paradigm, I am not-so-proud to state that what is called 'Machine Learning' these days is actually more like Machine Teaching. Being a student who has decided to dedicate most of his time to his academic endeavours, I can honestly that it is I who is 'Learning.' Each time I learn something new I program it into the little box next to me. Believe me, this box is not learning anything. Until I feed it training data it doesn't really have any motivation to do anything on its own.

The problem is that these classifers and clustering units are very dependent on humans giving them data. It take a lot of intelligence (on the part of the human) to make a decently smart (on the part of the machine) algorithm, but it is far from intelligent.