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Expensive black-box functions are a common problem in many disciplines, including tuning the parameters of machine learning algorithms, robotics, and other engineering design problems. Bayesian Optimisation is a principled and efficient technique for the global optimisation of these functions. The idea behind Bayesian Optimisation is to place a prior distribution over the target function and then update that prior with a set of “true” observations of the target function by expensively evaluating it in order to produce a posterior predictive distribution. The posterior then informs where to make the next observation of the target function through the use of an acquisition function, which balances the exploitation of regions known to have good performance with the exploration of regions where there is little information about the function’s response.