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Beginning Data Science with Python and Jupyter

By : Alex Galea
Book Image

Beginning Data Science with Python and Jupyter

By: Alex Galea

Overview of this book

Get to grips with the skills you need for entry-level data science in this hands-on Python and Jupyter course. You'll learn about some of the most commonly used libraries that are part of the Anaconda distribution, and then explore machine learning models with real datasets to give you the skills and exposure you need for the real world. We'll finish up by showing you how easy it can be to scrape and gather your own data from the open web, so that you can apply your new skills in an actionable context.
Table of Contents (7 chapters)


In this lesson, we have seen how predictive models can be trained in Jupyter Notebooks.

To begin with, we talked about how to plan a machine learning strategy. We thought about how to design a plan that can lead to actionable business insights and stressed the importance of using the data to help set realistic business goals. We also explained machine learning terminology such as supervised learning, unsupervised learning, classification, and regression.

Next, we discussed methods for preprocessing data using scikit-learn and pandas. This included lengthy discussions and examples of a surprisingly time-consuming part of machine learning: dealing with missing data.

In the latter half of the lesson, we trained predictive classification models for our binary problem, comparing how decision boundaries are drawn for various models such as the SVM, k-Nearest Neighbors, and Random Forest. We then showed how validation curves can be used to make good parameter choices and how dimensionality...