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Python Machine Learning Cookbook

By : Prateek Joshi, Vahid Mirjalili
Book Image

Python Machine Learning Cookbook

By: Prateek Joshi, Vahid Mirjalili

Overview of this book

Machine learning is becoming increasingly pervasive in the modern data-driven world. It is used extensively across many fields such as search engines, robotics, self-driving cars, and more. With this book, you will learn how to perform various machine learning tasks in different environments. We’ll start by exploring a range of real-life scenarios where machine learning can be used, and look at various building blocks. Throughout the book, you’ll use a wide variety of machine learning algorithms to solve real-world problems and use Python to implement these algorithms. You’ll discover how to deal with various types of data and explore the differences between machine learning paradigms such as supervised and unsupervised learning. We also cover a range of regression techniques, classification algorithms, predictive modeling, data visualization techniques, recommendation engines, and more with the help of real-world examples.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Python Machine Learning Cookbook
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Building Hidden Markov Models for sequential data

The Hidden Markov Models (HMMs) are really powerful when it comes to sequential data analysis. They are used extensively in finance, speech analysis, weather forecasting, sequencing of words, and so on. We are often interested in uncovering hidden patterns that appear over time.

Any source of data that produces a sequence of outputs could produce patterns. Note that HMMs are generative models, which means that they can generate the data once they learn the underlying structure. HMMs cannot discriminate between classes in their base forms. This is in contrast to discriminative models that can learn to discriminate between classes but cannot generate data.

Getting ready

For example, let's say that we want to predict whether the weather will be sunny, chilly, or rainy tomorrow. To do this, we look at all the parameters, such as temperature, pressure, and so on, whereas the underlying state is hidden. Here, the underlying state refers to the three...