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### What are the main benefits of using Bayesian networks?

I have some trouble understanding the benefits of Bayesian networks. Am I correct that the key benefit of the network is that one does not need to use chain rule of probability in order to calculate ...
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### Defining formula for fuzzy equation

I'm learning fuzzy logic and more or less understand the basic concept, but i'm having a hard time understanding how to apply it to a method. I tried browsing online for explanation on how to use it, ...
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### Is there a mathematical formula that describes the learning curve in neural networks?

In training a neural network, you often see the curve showing how fast the neural network is getting better. It usually grows very fast then slows down to almost horizontal. Is there a mathematical ...
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### What characteristics make it difficult for a Neural Network to approximate a function?

What are the characteristics which make a function difficult for the Neural Network to approximate? Intuitively, one might think uneven functions might be difficult to approximate, but uneven ...
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### Mapping given probabilities to empirical probabilities

Consider following problem statement: You have given $n$ actions. You can perform any of them. Each action gives you success with some probability. The challenge is to perform given finite number of ...
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### Is maximum likelihood estimation meaningless for a dataset of only outliers?

From my understanding, maximum likelihood estimation chooses the set of parameters for the estimator that maximizes likelihood with the ground truth distribution. I always interpreted it as the ...
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### How does the memory mechanism (reading and writing) work in a neural Turing machine?

In neural Turing machine (NTM), reading memory is represented as \begin{align} r_t \leftarrow \sum\limits_i^R w_t(i) \mathcal{M}_t(i) \tag{2} \end{align} and writing to memory is represented as ...
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### What is the meaning of the words 'bias' and 'variance' in RL?

In reinforcement learning approaches, like temporal-difference (TD) learning or Monte Carlo methods, two of the metrics used to measure their performance are the bias and the variance. What do these ...
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### Why are conics important in computer vision?

The book Multiple View Geometry in Computer Vision by Richard Hartley and Andrew Zisserman talks about lines, points and conics. A conic is a curve described by a second-degree equation in the plane, ...
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### Expected duration in a state

I am going through Rabiner 1989 and he writes that the discrete probability density function of duration $d$ in state $i$ (that is, staying in a state for duration $d$, conditioned on starting in that ...
Can you please elucidate the math behind the update rule for the critic? I've seen in other places that just a squared distance of $R + \hat{v}(S', w) - \hat{v}(S,w)$ is used, but Sutton suggests an ...