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Please cite our book as:
Roberto Battiti, Mauro Brunato
The LION way. Machine Learning plus Intelligent Optimization.
LIONlab, University of Trento, Italy, 2014.
[ BibTeX ]
Chapters 1 and 2
Introduction and nearest neighbors
Learning requires a method
Mastering generalized linear least-squares
Rules, decision trees, and forests
Ranking and selecting features
Specific nonlinear models
Neural networks, shallow and deep
Statistical Learning Theory and Support Vector Machines (SVM)
Democracy in Machine Learning
Top-down clustering: K-means
Bottom-up (agglomerative) clustering
Dimensionality reduction by linear transformations (projections)
Visualizing graphs and networks by nonlinear maps
Automated improvements by local steps
Local Search and Reactive Search Optimization (RSO)
Continuous and Cooperative Reactive Search Optimization (CoRSO)
Multi-Objective Reactive Search Optimization (MORSO)
Text and web mining
Collaborative filtering and recommendation