SMOTE is a Machine Learning method that has been around for a while. In fact, it has been around since 2002, and the original paper has been cited over 12,600 times. However, I heard about this method about a month ago during an interview. After looking it up, I realized it was total nonsense. The fact that unsubstantiated methods like this have been promoted throughout the Machine Learning community should shock and disappoint us. Like the boy in the emperor’s new clothes, it took me only a short time to realize this sham. …

Michael Tamillow

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