Decision support: using machine learning through MATLAB to analyze environmental data

  • David W. NadlerEmail author
Research Brief


Machine learning is not a tool that is available for use by computer scientists, but one that can and should be used by all researchers in this technological era. Gone are the days of humans solely relying on older techniques for decision support. The age of information we live in is filled with countless pieces of data and we need to use the correct tools to help make sense of it all. Using MATLAB and its machine learning tools is an excellent resource for environmental scientists to conduct deep-dives into their data. We use this software title to demonstrate some of its capabilities to enhance our research projects. Regression learning examines the capability of developing the best linear regression model based upon the selected independent and dependent variables. Clustering analysis displays how data can be grouped by similar characteristics and how distant they are from one another. Classification analysis can predict future outcomes depending upon historical input data, a crucial tool in developing models for impending environmental events. It is suggested that environmental scientists who have not incorporated machine learning into their research to begin to add it to their data analyses.


Decision support Cluster analysis Neural networks Regression Machine learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New York Institute of TechnologyOld WestburyUSA

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