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R Machine Learning By Example

By : Raghav Bali
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R Machine Learning By Example

By: Raghav Bali

Overview of this book

Data science and machine learning are some of the top buzzwords in the technical world today. From retail stores to Fortune 500 companies, everyone is working hard to making machine learning give them data-driven insights to grow their business. With powerful data manipulation features, machine learning packages, and an active developer community, R empowers users to build sophisticated machine learning systems to solve real-world data problems. This book takes you on a data-driven journey that starts with the very basics of R and machine learning and gradually builds upon the concepts to work on projects that tackle real-world problems. You’ll begin by getting an understanding of the core concepts and definitions required to appreciate machine learning algorithms and concepts. Building upon the basics, you will then work on three different projects to apply the concepts of machine learning, following current trends and cover major algorithms as well as popular R packages in detail. These projects have been neatly divided into six different chapters covering the worlds of e-commerce, finance, and social-media, which are at the very core of this data-driven revolution. Each of the projects will help you to understand, explore, visualize, and derive insights depending upon the domain and algorithms. Through this book, you will learn to apply the concepts of machine learning to deal with data-related problems and solve them using the powerful yet simple language, R.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
R Machine Learning By Example
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Production ready recommender engines

In this chapter so far, we have learnt about recommender engines in detail and even developed one from scratch (using matrix factorization). Through all this, it is clearly evident how widespread the application of such systems is.

E-commerce websites (or for that fact, any popular technology platform) out there today have tones of content to offer. Not only that, but the number of users is also huge. In such a scenario, where thousands of users are browsing/buying stuff simultaneously across the globe, providing recommendations to them is a task in itself. To complicate things even further, a good user experience (response times, for example) can create a big difference between two competitors. These are live examples of production systems handling millions of customers day in and day out.


Fun Fact is one of the biggest names in the e-commerce space with 244 million active customers. Imagine the amount of data being processed to provide recommendations...