Statistical suicide

Data: Up to 8% of people who attempt a suicide succeed (die). Up to 80% of woman who have BRCA1 mutation die of breast cancer. Conclusion: Attempting a suicide is much safer than ignoring the BRCA1 mutation. This is just the popular Jolie case, but, of course, this does not only concern woman. For example, […]

Introduction to SVM

Transformed dataset

A simple classical problem SVM finds an optimal “hyperplane“ between two groups of datapoints. Although the optimization problem it solves is always linear, we can incorporate other geometric structures by transforming the data to other spaces. In the simplest case, consider this two dimensional example. Our objective is to find the optimal separating line between […]