Introduction.- Overview of supervised learning.- Linear methods for regression.- Linear methods for classification.- Basis expansions and regularization.- Kernel smoothing methods.- Model assessment and selection.- Model inference and averaging.- Additive models, trees, and related methods.- Boosting and additive trees.- Neural networks.- Support vector machines and flexible discriminants.- Prototype methods and nearest-neighbors.- Unsupervised learning.
Trevor Hastie, Robert Tibshirani, and Jerome Friedman are professors of statistics at Stanford University. They are prominent researchers in this area: Hastie and Tibshirani developed generalized additive models and wrote a popular book of that title. Hastie co-developed much of the statistical modeling software and environment in R/S-PLUS and invented principal curves and surfaces. Tibshirani proposed the lasso and is co-author of the very successful An Introduction to the Bootstrap. Friedman is the co-inventor of many data-mining tools including CART, MARS, projection pursuit and gradient boosting.
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