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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)

Introduction

In Chapter 1, Fundamentals, and Chapter 2, Exploratory Data Analysis and Visualization, we introduced the concept of supervised machine learning in Python and the essential techniques required for loading, cleaning, exploring, and visualizing raw data sources. We discussed the importance of fully understanding the data before moving on to further analysis, as well as how the initial data preparation process can sometimes account for the majority of the time spent on the project as a whole. In particular, we considered correlations among all the variables, finding and addressing missing values, and understanding the shape of data via histograms, bar plots, and density plots. In this chapter, we will delve into the model building process and will construct our first supervised machine learning solution using linear regression.