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10 Data Science Trends for 2018

Big data, artificial intelligence, augmented analytics, and more. Plenty has changed in data and analytics over the last year. Are you ready for these trends in 2018?
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Reinforcement learning

While supervised, unsupervised and semi-supervised methods of training have gotten a lot of attention previously, reinforcement learning seems to be gaining more traction. For example, the Google DeepMind team recently published a paper explaining how they used reinforcement learning to train AlphaGo Zero, the latest iteration of their artificial intelligence engine that plays the board game Go. With absolutely no human intervention and no historical data to use as a reference, AlphaGo Zero needed just three days of training to match the capabilities of the first version of AlphaGo to beat a world champion. And within 40 days, reinforcement learning propelled this AI to become -- arguably -- the world's best Go player, human or machine.

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