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The Machine Learning Workshop - Second Edition

By : Hyatt Saleh
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The Machine Learning Workshop - Second Edition

By: Hyatt Saleh

Overview of this book

Machine learning algorithms are an integral part of almost all modern applications. To make the learning process faster and more accurate, you need a tool flexible and powerful enough to help you build machine learning algorithms quickly and easily. With The Machine Learning Workshop, you'll master the scikit-learn library and become proficient in developing clever machine learning algorithms. The Machine Learning Workshop begins by demonstrating how unsupervised and supervised learning algorithms work by analyzing a real-world dataset of wholesale customers. Once you've got to grips with the basics, you'll develop an artificial neural network using scikit-learn and then improve its performance by fine-tuning hyperparameters. Towards the end of the workshop, you'll study the dataset of a bank's marketing activities and build machine learning models that can list clients who are likely to subscribe to a term deposit. You'll also learn how to compare these models and select the optimal one. By the end of The Machine Learning Workshop, you'll not only have learned the difference between supervised and unsupervised models and their applications in the real world, but you'll also have developed the skills required to get started with programming your very own machine learning algorithms.
Table of Contents (8 chapters)

The Decision Tree Algorithm

The decision tree algorithm performs classification based on a sequence that resembles a tree-like structure. It works by dividing the dataset into small subsets that serve as guides to develop the decision tree nodes. The nodes can be either decision nodes or leaf nodes, where the former represent a question or decision, and the latter represent the decisions made or the final outcome.

How Does the Decision Tree Algorithm Work?

Considering what we just mentioned, decision trees continually split the dataset according to the parameters defined in the decision nodes. Decision nodes have branches coming out of them, where each decision node can have two or more branches. The branches represent the different possible answers that define the way in which the data is split.

For instance, consider the following table, which shows whether a person has a pending student loan based on their age, highest education, and current income: