# SVM regularization - minimizing margin?

I'm currently studying from Andrew Ng's Stanford handouts here (I'm at part 8). Now from what I gathered from before, all the time our goal was to minimize ||w||^2 so that we can maximize the margin. However, now as he's writing about the regularization, he's saying:

The parameter C controls the relative weighting between the twin goals of making the ||w||^2 large (which we saw earlier makes the margin small) and of ensuring that most examples have functional margin at least 1.

Why would making the margin small be currently a "goal"?

• I might be mistaken. But $\|w\|^2$ is simply the regularization term. – Ricardo Cruz Apr 13 '17 at 19:38