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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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Getting started with Twitter APIs

Twitter is as much a delight for tweeple (people using Twitter to tweet) as it is for data scientists. The APIs and the documentation are well updated and easy to use. Let us get started with the APIs.


Twitter has one of easiest yet most powerful set of APIs available of any social network out there. These APIs have been used by Twitter itself and data scientists to understand the dynamics of the Twitter world. Twitter APIs make use of four different objects, namely:

  • Tweets: A tweet is the central entity that defines Twitter itself. As discussed in the previous section, a tweet contains far more information (metadata) than just the content/message of the tweet.

  • Users: Anybody or anything that can tweet, follow, or perform any of Twitter's actions is a user. Twitter is unique in its definition of user, which need not necessarily be a human. @MarsCuriosity is one such nonhuman popular Twitter handle with over 2 million followers!

  • Entities: These are structured...