# In a broad sense, can all the machine learning tasks be viewed as classification?

In a broad sense, can all the deep learning tasks be viewed as classification?

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## 1 Answer

No.

It is totally reasonable to predict values that exist on a continuum (“regression”). In such a scenario, it makes no sense to assign a probability to any particular value, since every value taken by a continuous distribution has zero probability.

Further, a classical classification problem gives no sense of order among the categories. If the predictions are real numbers, then not only did a model predicting $$4$$ when the truth is $$7$$ get it wrong, but the model is more wrong than it would have been had it predicted $$5$$.