Post 1: Artificial Neural Networks and a Machine Learning Primer

At the beginning of the summer, I was planning to work with sales data of videogames. My goals were to assemble my own data set using a number of sources and then to conduct some statistical analysis on this data set. Basically, I wanted to apply my knowledge of machine learning algorithms to see how well they performed on a problem that I found interesting. When I actually started working, though, I found that the methods that I could apply were the aspect of my Monroe project that I was interested in most. In particular, artificial neural networks grabbed my attention. I talked with my advisor a bit, and we agreed that it would be interesting to take this summer project in a new direction. Instead of focusing on making a data set and using a suite of statistical learning methods, I will be focusing on getting a better understanding of this exciting method.

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