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My Machine Learning Journey (Pt. 1)

benprax profile image Ben Prax Updated on ・2 min read

Hi! How do I even begin?

That’s like the first thing we always seem to ask and it ain’t easy to answer that question. Every new adventure always comes unplanned. You never really know where to begin.

Maybe, a little introduction.
Hey! My Name is Ben Prax, and I’m homeschooled.

I’m no machine learning expert (yet).
I’m not a graduate.
I’m not good at math
(probably something almost everyone can relate too, am I right?).
I barely understand the math under the hood of the machine learning models.
I’m not always focused. I let little things distract me, which is a TERRIBLE habit by the way.

Which is also why I decided to do this post to really push myself to study.

More on that later.

I don’t know many experts in my area who I can find tutor or training specific to machine learning.

I do however have the following:

  1. A laptop
  2. The internet
  3. A brain
  4. Google
  5. Willingness to learn
  6. Determination
  7. Curiosity

I’m also aware of some communities who are into machine learning.
Communities are there to help you, but majority of the time, you’re on your own googling questions.

Curiosity and determination and the willingness to learn are probably the most crucial in the 7 items above. Without these you probably won't even bother reading this post, right? So let your curiosity flow and feed it with knowledge. Be determined and be willing to learn fully aware that you'll make mistakes along the way. Accept it and move on with the new learning.

The purpose of this post (article, diary, blog, whatever) is to encourage all those who want to start their machine learning journey.

Hopefully, you’ll learn a thing or two of the struggles I will be facing, trying to understand this mysterious black box called Machine Learning (ML). 🤔?

Maybe we can also celebrate together when we’ve finally uncovered these mysteries and riddles and puzzle our knowledge together. 🎉🎉

I hope you enjoy as you follow along my journey in studying machine learning.

If you can suggest something that you think might help me and other readers, don’t hesitate to comment.

Thanks for reading. Let’s begin! 😄

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Andy Zhao (he/him)

Hey nice series! You can create a series if you'd like by adding this in the Front Matter (section within the triple dashes):

series: Ben's Machine Learning Journey

Once you add it to 2 or more posts, you'll see the series indicator in your post. For example:
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Oh wow! Thank you so much!! This is really helpful 😄