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One of the most common questions that arise in machine learning problems is that, which algorithm you should use to model a given set of data. Most of the time, there is no straight forward answer, as it depends on several factors of the dataset such as the type and properties of the features, size of the data, as well as the objective of fitting the model etc. Following diagram provides a general guideline on how to select a suitable algorithm for your dataset in WSO2 Machine Learner.

Use the above guidelines to find an algorithm to build a model to fit your data. However, if you need to find the best model, then try out a few algorithms in the same class and see which one performs better.

Algorithms of the Recommendation type are used only to generate models for recommender systems.

Algorithm types

The following table explains the algorithm types in the above diagram.

Algorithm TypeDescriptionSupported Measures
Numerical PredictionThis involves making a numerical prediction based on the dataset analysed.
Multi-class classificationThis involves classifying the items in a dataset into multiple categories.
Binary classificationThis involves classifying  the data items in a dataset into two categories.
ClusteringThis involves clustering the items in a dataset.No evaluation measures are currently available. A model created using this algorithm type can be assessed based on its cluster diagram.
Anomaly DetectionThis involves identifying data items that do not confirm to the expected pattern compared to the other data items in the dataset.
Deep LearningThis involves classifying data with a neural network with multiple levels, corresponding to different levels of abstraction.
RecommendationThis involves using collaborative filtering techniques to predict missing entries in a dataset.
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