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Machine Learning for OpenCV

By : Michael Beyeler
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Machine Learning for OpenCV

By: Michael Beyeler

Overview of this book

Machine learning is no longer just a buzzword, it is all around us: from protecting your email, to automatically tagging friends in pictures, to predicting what movies you like. Computer vision is one of today's most exciting application fields of machine learning, with Deep Learning driving innovative systems such as self-driving cars and Google’s DeepMind. OpenCV lies at the intersection of these topics, providing a comprehensive open-source library for classic as well as state-of-the-art computer vision and machine learning algorithms. In combination with Python Anaconda, you will have access to all the open-source computing libraries you could possibly ask for. Machine learning for OpenCV begins by introducing you to the essential concepts of statistical learning, such as classification and regression. Once all the basics are covered, you will start exploring various algorithms such as decision trees, support vector machines, and Bayesian networks, and learn how to combine them with other OpenCV functionality. As the book progresses, so will your machine learning skills, until you are ready to take on today's hottest topic in the field: Deep Learning. By the end of this book, you will be ready to take on your own machine learning problems, either by building on the existing source code or developing your own algorithm from scratch!
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Chaining algorithms together to form a pipeline

Most machine learning problems we have discussed so far consist of at least a preprocessing step and a classification step. The more complicated the problem, the longer this processing chain might get. One convenient way to glue multiple processing steps together and even use them in grid search is by using the Pipeline class from scikit-learn.

Implementing pipelines in scikit-learn

The Pipeline class itself has a fit, a predict, and a score method, which behave just like any other estimator in scikit-learn. The most common used case of the Pipeline class is to chain different preprocessing steps together with a supervised model like a classifier.

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