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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)

Summary

In this chapter, we started by talking about why data exploration is an important part of the modeling process and how it can help in not only preprocessing the dataset for the modeling process but also help us engineer informative features and improve model accuracy. This chapter focused on not only gaining a basic overview of the dataset and its features but also gaining insights by creating visualizations that combine several features. We looked at how to find the summary statistics of a dataset using core functionality from pandas. We looked at how to find missing values and talked about why they're important while learning how to use the Missingno library to analyze them and the pandas and scikit-learn libraries to impute the missing values. Then, we looked at how to study the univariate distributions of variables in the dataset and visualize them for both categorical and continuous variables using bar charts, pie charts, and histograms. Lastly, we learned how to...