Explaining Machine Learning to a 5th Grader

This is a tough task, I was in this precarious situation trying to explain to my younger son. I had a curated list of top 10 frequently used Machine Learning algorithms, but the key was to do a backward mapping of these Machine Learning techniques to solve problems which are of interest and relevance to my son. As a starting point to the conversation I asked him, list down your decision making points, meaning there may be many situations when you had to make decisions but you may not have all the information. I took those and matched it to the machine learning algorithms while explaining the core concept behind the problem solving.

Here it goes.


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Eric Axelrod

President & Chief Architect at DIGR
I have helped companies bring new data driven products to market, drive efficiency out of their supply chain, execute strategic plans, and drive top line and bottom line growth by enabling every business function with actionable analytics. I can transform a business which is lacking critical insight into an agile, strategic, data driven organization.

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