Tom Mitchell is creator and chair of, to my knowledge, the only “Machine Learning Department” in academia.
In doing so he authored a document in 2006 which strives to define Machine Learning as a separate intellectual discipline from statistics, computer science, or other related fields. His is one of several definitions.
So I was happy to see that he’s announced he’s updating his classic textbook on the subject from 1997.
He’s put up a page with one chapter on generative modeling and a request for comments. It’s been a dynamic 16 years for machine learning — what do you think is missing and should be included in the 2nd edition?