I'm reading the book Hands-On Meta Learning with Python, and in Prototypical networks said:

So, we use episodic training—for each episode, we randomly sample a few data points from each class in our dataset and we call that a support set and train the network using only the support set, instead of the whole dataset.

I think, but I'm not sure, I have understood what is an "episodic training" but, what is the meaning of "episodic" or "episode" here?

I'm sorry, I'm not English and I can't guess what it is meaning searching on a dictionary. I know what an episode is, but I don't know what is an episode on artificial intelligence training.

  • $\begingroup$ Can you please cite that book? Is it Hands-On Meta Learning with Python: Meta learning using one-shot learning? $\endgroup$ – nbro Jan 23 '20 at 11:35
  • $\begingroup$ I don’t think I have to cite the book to explain what is episodic triain. Does it change its meaning at each book? $\endgroup$ – VansFannel Jan 23 '20 at 12:46
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe this isn't a standard terminology. This probably refers to the fact that there are episodes, but the specific meaning may depend on the context, that's why I asked you for a citation. $\endgroup$ – nbro Jan 23 '20 at 13:19

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