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The Kaggle Book

By : Konrad Banachewicz, Luca Massaron
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Book Image

The Kaggle Book

5 (2)
By: Konrad Banachewicz, Luca Massaron

Overview of this book

Millions of data enthusiasts from around the world compete on Kaggle, the most famous data science competition platform of them all. Participating in Kaggle competitions is a surefire way to improve your data analysis skills, network with an amazing community of data scientists, and gain valuable experience to help grow your career. The first book of its kind, The Kaggle Book assembles in one place the techniques and skills you’ll need for success in competitions, data science projects, and beyond. Two Kaggle Grandmasters walk you through modeling strategies you won’t easily find elsewhere, and the knowledge they’ve accumulated along the way. As well as Kaggle-specific tips, you’ll learn more general techniques for approaching tasks based on image, tabular, textual data, and reinforcement learning. You’ll design better validation schemes and work more comfortably with different evaluation metrics. Whether you want to climb the ranks of Kaggle, build some more data science skills, or improve the accuracy of your existing models, this book is for you. Plus, join our Discord Community to learn along with more than 1,000 members and meet like-minded people!
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Part I: Introduction to Competitions
Part II: Sharpening Your Skills for Competitions
Part III: Leveraging Competitions for Your Career
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In this section, we will demonstrate an end-to-end pipeline that can be used as a template for handling image classification problems. We will walk through the necessary steps, from data preparation, to model setup and estimation, to results visualization. Apart from being informative (and cool), this last step can also be very useful if you need to examine your code in-depth to get a better understanding of the performance.

We will continue using the data from the Cassava Leaf Disease Classification contest (

As usual, we begin by loading the necessary libraries:

import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import datetime
from sklearn.model_selection import train_test_split
from sklearn.metrics import accuracy_score
import tensorflow as tf
from tensorflow.keras import models, layers
from tensorflow.keras.preprocessing import image
from tensorflow.keras.preprocessing...