machine learning


Definition of machine learning

1 : the process by which a computer is able to improve its own performance (as in analyzing image files) by continuously incorporating new data into an existing statistical model The company is curating the overall topics manually, but Twitter will be relying on machine learning to intelligently populate the topics themselves so that the tweets can stay up to date.— Lucas Matney
2 : the branch of computer science dealing with the creation and use of computer software that employs machine learning An entire subspecialty known as machine learning is devoted to building algorithms that allow computers to develop new behaviors based on experience.— Adam Piore abbreviation ML

First Known Use of machine learning

1959, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Machine learning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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