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Hands-On Data Analysis with Pandas - Second Edition

By : Stefanie Molin
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Book Image

Hands-On Data Analysis with Pandas - Second Edition

5 (1)
By: Stefanie Molin

Overview of this book

Extracting valuable business insights is no longer a ‘nice-to-have’, but an essential skill for anyone who handles data in their enterprise. Hands-On Data Analysis with Pandas is here to help beginners and those who are migrating their skills into data science get up to speed in no time. This book will show you how to analyze your data, get started with machine learning, and work effectively with the Python libraries often used for data science, such as pandas, NumPy, matplotlib, seaborn, and scikit-learn. Using real-world datasets, you will learn how to use the pandas library to perform data wrangling to reshape, clean, and aggregate your data. Then, you will learn how to conduct exploratory data analysis by calculating summary statistics and visualizing the data to find patterns. In the concluding chapters, you will explore some applications of anomaly detection, regression, clustering, and classification using scikit-learn to make predictions based on past data. This updated edition will equip you with the skills you need to use pandas 1.x to efficiently perform various data manipulation tasks, reliably reproduce analyses, and visualize your data for effective decision making – valuable knowledge that can be applied across multiple domains.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Section 1: Getting Started with Pandas
Section 2: Using Pandas for Data Analysis
Section 3: Applications – Real-World Analyses Using Pandas
Section 4: Introduction to Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn
Section 5: Additional Resources

Utilizing unsupervised methods of anomaly detection

If the hackers are conspicuous and distinct from our valid users, unsupervised methods may prove pretty effective. This is a good place to start before we have labeled data, or if the labeled data is difficult to gather or not guaranteed to be representative of the full spectrum we are looking to flag. Note that, in most cases, we won't have labeled data, so it is crucial that we are familiar with some unsupervised methods.

In our initial EDA, we identified the number of usernames with a failed login attempt in a given minute as a feature for anomaly detection. We will now test out some unsupervised anomaly detection algorithms, using this feature as the jumping-off point. Scikit-learn provides a few such algorithms. In this section, we will look at isolation forest and local outlier factor; a third method, using a one-class support vector machine (SVM), is in the Exercises section.

Before we can try out these methods,...