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Probabilistic Machine Learning for Civil Engineers
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  • Title Probabilistic Machine Learning for Civil Engineers
  • Author(s) James-A. Goulet
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; Illustrated edition (April 14, 2020)
  • License(s): CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
  • Paperback 304 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262538709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262538701
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Book Description

This comprehensive textbook presents basic machine learning methods for civil engineers who do not have a specialized background in statistics or in computer science. In addition to the fundamentals, the book includes several case studies that students and professionals will appreciate.

The book presents key approaches in the three subfields of probabilistic machine learning: supervised learning, unsupervised learning, and reinforcement learning. It first covers the background knowledge required to understand machine learning, including linear algebra and probability theory.

It goes on to present Bayesian estimation, which is behind the formulation of both supervised and unsupervised learning methods, and Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, which enable Bayesian estimation in certain complex cases.

The book then covers approaches associated with supervised learning, including regression methods and classification methods, and notions associated with unsupervised learning, including clustering, dimensionality reduction, Bayesian networks, state-space models, and model calibration.

Finally, the book introduces fundamental concepts of rational decisions in uncertain contexts and rational decision-making in uncertain and sequential contexts. Building on this, the book describes the basics of reinforcement learning, whereby a virtual agent learns how to make optimal decisions through trial and error while interacting with its environment.

About the Authors
  • James-A. Goulet is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Polytechnique Montreal.
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