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Regression is a supervised learning.

A Simple Example: Fitting a Polynomial

The green curve is the true function (which is not a polynomial)

We may use a loss functions that measures squared error in the prediction of y(x) from x.

From Bishop's book on machine learning

Types of Regression Models:-

Linear regression :-

Given an input x compute an output y
For example:
- Predict height from age
- Predict house price from house area
- Predict distance from wall from sensors

Linear Regression Model
Relationship Between Variables Is a Linear Function

We look at a example of training sample 15 house from the region.

The regression line
The least-squares regression line is the unique line such that the sum of the squared vertical (y) distances between the data points and the line is the smallest possible.

How do we "learn" parameters

For the 2-d problem

To find the values for the coefficient which minimize the objective functions we take the partial derivates of the objective function (SSE) with respect to the coefficients. Set these to 0, and solve.

Multiple Linear Regression

There is a closed form which requires matrix inversion, etc.
There are iterative techniques to find weights
- delta rule (also called LMS method) which will update towards the objective of minimizing the SSE.

LMS Algorithm :-
Start a search algorithm (e.g. gradient descent algorithm,) with initial guess to 𝜽.
Repeatedly update 𝛉 to make j(𝜽) smaller, until it converges to minima.
J is a convex quadratic function, so has a single global minima.gradient descent eventually converges at the global minima.
At each iteration this algorithm takes a step in the direction of steepest descent (-ve direction of gradient).

Repeatedly run through the training set.
Whenever a training point is encountered, update the parameters according to the gradient of the error with respect to that training example only.

Repeat  {
for I = 1 to m do

end for
} until convergence