#### Overview of this book

This is the go-to book for anyone interested in the steps needed to develop predictive analytics solutions with examples from the world of marketing, healthcare, and retail. We'll get started
with a brief history of predictive analytics and learn about different roles and functions people play within a predictive analytics project. Then, we will learn about various ways of installing R along with their pros and cons, combined with a step-by-step installation of RStudio,
and a description of the best practices for organizing your projects.
On completing the installation, we will begin to acquire the skills necessary to input, clean, and prepare your data for modeling. We will learn the six specific steps needed to implement and
successfully deploy a predictive model starting from asking the right questions through model development and ending with deploying your predictive model into production. We will learn why
collaboration is important and how agile iterative modeling cycles can increase your chances of developing and deploying the best successful model.
We will continue your journey in the cloud by extending your skill set by learning about Databricks and SparkR, which allow you to develop predictive models on vast gigabytes of data.