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The Supervised Learning Workshop - Second Edition

By : Blaine Bateman, Ashish Ranjan Jha, Benjamin Johnston, Ishita Mathur
Book Image

The Supervised Learning Workshop - Second Edition

By: Blaine Bateman, Ashish Ranjan Jha, Benjamin Johnston, Ishita Mathur

Overview of this book

Would you like to understand how and why machine learning techniques and data analytics are spearheading enterprises globally? From analyzing bioinformatics to predicting climate change, machine learning plays an increasingly pivotal role in our society. Although the real-world applications may seem complex, this book simplifies supervised learning for beginners with a step-by-step interactive approach. Working with real-time datasets, you’ll learn how supervised learning, when used with Python, can produce efficient predictive models. Starting with the fundamentals of supervised learning, you’ll quickly move to understand how to automate manual tasks and the process of assessing date using Jupyter and Python libraries like pandas. Next, you’ll use data exploration and visualization techniques to develop powerful supervised learning models, before understanding how to distinguish variables and represent their relationships using scatter plots, heatmaps, and box plots. After using regression and classification models on real-time datasets to predict future outcomes, you’ll grasp advanced ensemble techniques such as boosting and random forests. Finally, you’ll learn the importance of model evaluation in supervised learning and study metrics to evaluate regression and classification tasks. By the end of this book, you’ll have the skills you need to work on your real-life supervised learning Python projects.
Table of Contents (9 chapters)

Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA)

Exploratory data analysis (EDA) is defined as a method to analyze datasets and sum up their main characteristics to derive useful conclusions, often with visual methods.

The purpose of EDA is to:

  • Discover patterns within a dataset
  • Spot anomalies
  • Form hypotheses regarding the behavior of data
  • Validate assumptions

Everything from basic summary statistics to complex visualizations helps us gain an intuitive understanding of the data itself, which is highly important when it comes to forming new hypotheses about the data and uncovering what parameters affect the target variable. Often, discovering how the target variable varies across a single feature gives us an indication of how important a feature might be, and a variation across a combination of several features helps us to come up with ideas for new informative features to engineer.

Most explorations and visualizations are intended to understand the relationship between...