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The Art of Data-Driven Business

By : Alan Bernardo Palacio
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The Art of Data-Driven Business

By: Alan Bernardo Palacio

Overview of this book

One of the most valuable contributions of data science is toward helping businesses make the right decisions. Understanding this complicated confluence of two disparate worlds, as well as a fiercely competitive market, calls for all the guidance you can get. The Art of Data-Driven Business is your invaluable guide to gaining a business-driven perspective, as well as leveraging the power of machine learning (ML) to guide decision-making in your business. This book provides a common ground of discussion for several profiles within a company. You’ll begin by looking at how to use Python and its many libraries for machine learning. Experienced data scientists may want to skip this short introduction, but you’ll soon get to the meat of the book and explore the many and varied ways ML with Python can be applied to the domain of business decisions through real-world business problems that you can tackle by yourself. As you advance, you’ll gain practical insights into the value that ML can provide to your business, as well as the technical ability to apply a wide variety of tried-and-tested ML methods. By the end of this Python book, you’ll have learned the value of basing your business decisions on data-driven methodologies and have developed the Python skills needed to apply what you’ve learned in the real world.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Part 1: Data Analytics and Forecasting with Python
Part 2: Market and Customer Insights
Part 3: Operation and Pricing Optimization

Conventions used

There are a number of text conventions used throughout this book.

Code in text: Indicates code words in text, database table names, folder names, filenames, file extensions, pathnames, dummy URLs, user input, and Twitter handles. Here is an example: “Mount the downloaded WebStorm-10*.dmg disk image file as another disk in your system.”

A block of code is set as follows:

results_df = pd.DataFrame(results).dropna()
results_df.columns = ['client','slope','std']
results_df.index = results_df.client
results_df = results_df.drop(['client'],axis=1)

When we wish to draw your attention to a particular part of a code block, the relevant lines or items are set in bold:

>>> ['period', 'sub_market', 'client_class', 'division', 'brand','cat', 'product', 'client_code', 'client_name', 'kgs_sold']

Any command-line input or output is written as follows:

!pip install --upgrade openpyxl scikit-surprise

Bold: Indicates a new term, an important word, or words that you see onscreen. For instance, words in menus or dialog boxes appear in bold. Here is an example: “Select System info from the Administration panel.”

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