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Under the 0-1 loss function, the Bayesian estimator is the mode of the posterior distribution

My notes are rather light when it comes to this topic. I understand that the bayesian estimator, defined as (for sample space $\hat{x}$): $E[\Theta | \hat{x}] = \int_{ \forall \Theta}yf_{\theta|\hat{...
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gradient versus partial derivatives

how exactly is partial derivative different from gradient of a function? In both the case, we are computing the rate of change of a function with respect to some independent variable. While I was ...
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Why is optimisation solved with gradient descent rather than with an analytical solution? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand why, when trying to minimise an objective function, gradient descent is often used, rather than setting the gradient of the error to zero, and solving it analytically. In ...