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Machine Learning with R - Third Edition

By : Brett Lantz
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Machine Learning with R - Third Edition

By: Brett Lantz

Overview of this book

Machine learning, at its core, is concerned with transforming data into actionable knowledge. R offers a powerful set of machine learning methods to quickly and easily gain insight from your data. Machine Learning with R, Third Edition provides a hands-on, readable guide to applying machine learning to real-world problems. Whether you are an experienced R user or new to the language, Brett Lantz teaches you everything you need to uncover key insights, make new predictions, and visualize your findings. This new 3rd edition updates the classic R data science book to R 3.6 with newer and better libraries, advice on ethical and bias issues in machine learning, and an introduction to deep learning. Find powerful new insights in your data; discover machine learning with R.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Machine Learning with R - Third Edition
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In this chapter, we studied two methods for modeling numeric data. The first method, linear regression, involves fitting straight lines to data. The second method uses decision trees for numeric prediction. The latter comes in two forms: regression trees, which use the average value of examples at leaf nodes to make numeric predictions, and model trees, which build a regression model at each leaf node in a hybrid approach that is, in some ways, the best of both worlds.

We began to understand the utility of regression modeling by using it to investigate the causes of the Challenger space shuttle disaster. We then used linear regression modeling to calculate the expected medical costs for various segments of the population. Because the relationship between the features and the target variable are well-described by the estimated regression model, we were able to identify certain demographics, such as smokers and the obese, who may need to be charged higher insurance rates to cover the...