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Large Scale Machine Learning with Python

By : Bastiaan Sjardin, Alberto Boschetti
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Large Scale Machine Learning with Python

By: Bastiaan Sjardin, Alberto Boschetti

Overview of this book

Large Python machine learning projects involve new problems associated with specialized machine learning architectures and designs that many data scientists have yet to tackle. But finding algorithms and designing and building platforms that deal with large sets of data is a growing need. Data scientists have to manage and maintain increasingly complex data projects, and with the rise of big data comes an increasing demand for computational and algorithmic efficiency. Large Scale Machine Learning with Python uncovers a new wave of machine learning algorithms that meet scalability demands together with a high predictive accuracy. Dive into scalable machine learning and the three forms of scalability. Speed up algorithms that can be used on a desktop computer with tips on parallelization and memory allocation. Get to grips with new algorithms that are specifically designed for large projects and can handle bigger files, and learn about machine learning in big data environments. We will also cover the most effective machine learning techniques on a map reduce framework in Hadoop and Spark in Python.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Large Scale Machine Learning with Python
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Chapter 7. Unsupervised Learning at Scale

In the previous chapters, the focus of the problem was on predicting a variable, which could have been a number, class, or category. In this chapter, we will change the approach and try to create new features and variables at scale, hopefully better for our prediction purposes than the ones already included in the observation matrix. We will first introduce the unsupervised methods and illustrate three of them, which are able to scale to big data:

  • Principal Component Analysis (PCA), an effective way to reduce the number of features

  • K-means, a scalable algorithm for clustering

  • Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA), a very effective algorithm able to extract topics from a series of text documents