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At first glance, support vector machines sound like something you’d find in Tesla’s gigafactory, but they’re anything but that. In this article, we’ll be running through the (mathematical) mechanics of support vector machines, surveying its many applications, and examining the usage of support vector machines in facial recognition technology, along with its ethical considerations.

What are support vector machines?

This section will provide you everything you need to know about SVMs in a quick, but comprehensive manner before we explore how they’re applied in different contexts, especially in facial recognition.

The support vector machine (SVM) is a supervised machine learning algorithm that can perform classification, regression, and outlier detection; however, we’ll introduce the SVM with respect to binary classification, where we classify data points between two possible labels. …


Kevin Le


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