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Statistical Modeling: The Two Cultures

Algorithmic modeling vs data modeling

In this whitepaper from 2001, Dr. Leo Breiman, the creator of the random forest algorithm, talks about the benefits of a machine learning ("algorithmic modeling") versus a more traditional statistic approach ("data modeling").

The content:

  • His road map
  • Projects in consulting
  • Return to the university
  • The use of data models
  • The limitations of data models
  • Algorithmic modeling
  • Rashomon and the multiplicity of good models
  • Occam and simplicity vs. accuracy

Even considering that the epaper is from 2001, it is still a very interesting read and highly recommended.

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