Being an expert at developing and understanding ML, or Machine Learning algorithms, takes time and a lot of hard work. That’s why ML (machine learning) engineers are been seen constantly learning while at the job. If the learning stops, your professional growth stops. Many of us, especially the AI aspirants, think that watching tutorial videos on AI (artificial intelligence) modeling or ML algorithm development on YouTube will make them an expert at it. However, that’s not the case in the real world.
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All the self-learners must understand that there are hundreds and thousands of individuals that are like you, and are constantly learning the fundamentals of data science. You need to know that your competition will be with the Master’s/Ph.D. degree holders out there. And hence, remaining competent will only be possible if you keep updating yourselves on new data science concepts/ideas regularly. Besides, you need to watch out for the current trends in the big data industry, and accordingly, would need to develop the skillset.
Key Aspects Associated with Learning ML Algorithms
The Underlying Intuition
You always forget about the use of an algorithm if you are not in the practice of applying it to solve problems. The reason for this is that the human mind tends to forget things that are theoretical and you remember things that you learn through visuals. That’s where the role of geometry comes into play, as it makes us visualize the core elements of an algorithm. And as humans, we tend to understand things deeper if we have access to a few daily life examples for these machine learning algorithms.
After completing learning an algorithm from any training program of your preference, try opening a new tab and start seeking for the intuition of that particular algorithm. And we promise you that you will be finding an array of interesting explanations on the web. Medium and Quora are two such digital portals to start searching for the same.
The Working of an Algorithm
Once you are clear about your intuition, you can experiment around and can try to study how the algorithm actually works. The other thing you would like to test, is to try that algorithm with different kinds of data such as numbers/categories/text.
During this period, do try experimenting with varied factors and check for the working of algorithms. You can cite the easily available algorithms on Scikit-Learn for help. Study the parameters of the algorithms and try to work around with them to see how they affect the model’s functioning.
Understanding the Applicability of an Algorithm
This is among the most important element that aspirants miss out on, quite often. They are always more concerned about how the algorithm works. What makes an algorithm work, and what makes it not to work, is excessively important for developing an in-depth understanding of the algorithm in question. Try to understand how the algorithm behaves when used with large datasets, and what effect it has on the output.
Interpretability is Vital to the Acceptance of an ML Algorithm
It is one of the key factors that determine the commercial value of an algorithm, in terms of solving a problem. Besides, the role of a data scientist at any firm is to provide a demonstration of the working of an AI model before the clients who may not have any technical knowledge of the subject. You, as an artificial intelligence professional, need to persuade them in believing that the presented model will generate the expected outcome.
Additionally, you will need to provide the logical reasoning for the same, so that the client feels comfortable in putting it to use for his business gains. Simply throwing statistics pertaining to the success and accuracy of the model is not going to work in your favor. The algorithm has to be interpretable. It will help the clients understand why an AI model predicts, what it predicts.