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Practical Machine Learning with R

By : Brindha Priyadarshini Jeyaraman, Ludvig Renbo Olsen, Monicah Wambugu
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Practical Machine Learning with R

By: Brindha Priyadarshini Jeyaraman, Ludvig Renbo Olsen, Monicah Wambugu

Overview of this book

With huge amounts of data being generated every moment, businesses need applications that apply complex mathematical calculations to data repeatedly and at speed. With machine learning techniques and R, you can easily develop these kinds of applications in an efficient way. Practical Machine Learning with R begins by helping you grasp the basics of machine learning methods, while also highlighting how and why they work. You will understand how to get these algorithms to work in practice, rather than focusing on mathematical derivations. As you progress from one chapter to another, you will gain hands-on experience of building a machine learning solution in R. Next, using R packages such as rpart, random forest, and multiple imputation by chained equations (MICE), you will learn to implement algorithms including neural net classifier, decision trees, and linear and non-linear regression. As you progress through the book, you’ll delve into various machine learning techniques for both supervised and unsupervised learning approaches. In addition to this, you’ll gain insights into partitioning the datasets and mechanisms to evaluate the results from each model and be able to compare them. By the end of this book, you will have gained expertise in solving your business problems, starting by forming a good problem statement, selecting the most appropriate model to solve your problem, and then ensuring that you do not overtrain it.
Table of Contents (8 chapters)

Handling Redundant Features

Redundant features are those that are highly correlated with each other. They will contain similar information with respect to their output variables. We can remove such features by finding correlation coefficients between features.

Exercise 30: Identifying Redundant Features

In this exercise, we will find redundant features, select any one among them, and remove them.

  1. Attach the caret package:

    #Loading the library


  2. Load the GermanCredit dataset:

    # load the German Credit Data


  3. Create a correlation matrix:

    # calculating the correlation matrix

    correlationMatrix <- cor(GermanCredit[,1:9])

  4. Print the correlation matrix:

    # printing the correlation matrix


    The output is as follows:

    Figure 3.12: The correlation matrix
  5. To find attributes that have high correlation, set the cutoff as 0.5.

    # finding the attributes that are highly corrected

    filterCorrelation <- findCorrelation(correlationMatrix, cutoff...