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Python Machine Learning

By : Sebastian Raschka
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Python Machine Learning

By: Sebastian Raschka

Overview of this book

Machine learning and predictive analytics are transforming the way businesses and other organizations operate. Being able to understand trends and patterns in complex data is critical to success, becoming one of the key strategies for unlocking growth in a challenging contemporary marketplace. Python can help you deliver key insights into your data – its unique capabilities as a language let you build sophisticated algorithms and statistical models that can reveal new perspectives and answer key questions that are vital for success. Python Machine Learning gives you access to the world of predictive analytics and demonstrates why Python is one of the world’s leading data science languages. If you want to ask better questions of data, or need to improve and extend the capabilities of your machine learning systems, this practical data science book is invaluable. Covering a wide range of powerful Python libraries, including scikit-learn, Theano, and Keras, and featuring guidance and tips on everything from sentiment analysis to neural networks, you’ll soon be able to answer some of the most important questions facing you and your organization.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Python Machine Learning
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Leveraging weak learners via adaptive boosting

In this section about ensemble methods, we will discuss boosting with a special focus on its most common implementation, AdaBoost (short for Adaptive Boosting).


The original idea behind AdaBoost was formulated by Robert Schapire in 1990 (R. E. Schapire. The Strength of Weak Learnability. Machine learning, 5(2):197–227, 1990). After Robert Schapire and Yoav Freund presented the AdaBoost algorithm in the Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference (ICML 1996), AdaBoost became one of the most widely used ensemble methods in the years that followed (Y. Freund, R. E. Schapire, et al. Experiments with a New Boosting Algorithm. In ICML, volume 96, pages 148–156, 1996). In 2003, Freund and Schapire received the Goedel Prize for their groundbreaking work, which is a prestigious prize for the most outstanding publications in the computer science field.

In boosting, the ensemble consists of very simple base classifiers, also often referred...