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Data Smart

By : John W. Foreman
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Data Smart

By: John W. Foreman

Overview of this book

Data Science gets thrown around in the press like it's magic. Major retailers are predicting everything from when their customers are pregnant to when they want a new pair of Chuck Taylors. It's a brave new world where seemingly meaningless data can be transformed into valuable insight to drive smart business decisions. But how does one exactly do data science? Do you have to hire one of these priests of the dark arts, the "data scientist," to extract this gold from your data? Nope. Data science is little more than using straight-forward steps to process raw data into actionable insight. And in Data Smart, author and data scientist John Foreman will show you how that's done within the familiar environment of a spreadsheet. Why a spreadsheet? It's comfortable! You get to look at the data every step of the way, building confidence as you learn the tricks of the trade. Plus, spreadsheets are a vendor-neutral place to learn data science without the hype. But don't let the Excel sheets fool you. This is a book for those serious about learning the analytic techniques, math and the magic, behind big data.
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Using the Data from Chapter 6

This chapter's gonna move quickly, because you'll use the RetailMart data from Chapter 6. Using the same data will give you a sense of the differences in these two models' implementations from the regression models in the previous chapter. The modeling techniques demonstrated in this chapter were invented more recently. They're somewhat more intuitive, and yet, are some of the most powerful off the shelf AI technologies we have today.

Also, we'll be building ROC curves identical to those from Chapter 6, so I won't be spending much time explaining performance metric calculations. See Chapter 6 if you...