This term I’m auditing CSC311 Introduction to Machine Learning. I’ve tried learning this topic before, but it wasn’t at the right level for me. This time I’m optimistic because my colleague Sonya Allin is teaching the course, and I feel comfortable bombarding her with naive questions.
As I was sitting in the first class, I had my mathematician hat on and I noticed some things. I’m not saying these are deep, or unknown things, but they were interesting to me. Maybe they’ll be interesting to you too!
Observation 1: When we turn a picture into a vector we seem to lose a lot of geometric data
A standard way of storing a (greyscale) picture as data is to first write it as a matrix of data (an nxn table) where the entries are intensities (on a scale of 0-255). Then it cuts chopped up and reconstituted into a vector.Continue reading Machine Learning Observations 1 – Turning a picture into a vector doesn’t lose information!