Ten Myths About Machine Learning

A killer post of Pedro Domingos about the common myths in Machine Learning.

Learning algorithms just discover correlations between pairs of events. This is the impression you get from most mentions of machine learning in the media. In one famous example, an increase in Google searches for “flu” is an early sign that it’s spreading. That’s all well and good, but most learning algorithms discover much richer forms of knowledge, such as the rule If a mole has irregular shape and color and is growing, then it may be skin cancer.