Can I use SVM and Random Forest for unsupervised learning?



Can I use SVM and Random Forests for Unsupervised Learning? If yes can someone help?


Hi @rumsinha,

SVM and Random Forest are specifically supervised learning algorithms. They require you to have a target, for which they train on. The main objective of Unsupervised learning is to find patterns in data (eg. Clustering) and not find the optimal fit for target.


Hi rumsinha,

Yes, You can use SVM as an unsupervised learning algorithm. Here is the research paper which you can read to know, how svm used in such case.

Ankit Gupta


Interesting find @facebook_user_4, thanks for sharing


thanks…I will read on the same