## Summary

This concludes our investigation of kernel and support vector machines. Support vector machines have become a robust alternative to logistic regression and neural networks for extracting discriminative models from large training sets.

Apart from the unavoidable references to the mathematical foundation of maximum margin classifiers, such as SVMs, you should have developed a basic understanding of the power and complexity of the tuning and configuration parameters of the different variants of SVMs.

As with other discriminative models, the selection of the optimization method for SVMs has a critical impact not only on the quality of the model, but also on the performance (time complexity) of the training and cross-validation process.

The next chapter will describe the third most commonly used discriminative supervised model—artificial neural networks.