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Hands-On Predictive Analytics with Python

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Learn
  • Get to grips with the main concepts and principles of predictive analytics
  • Learn about the stages involved in producing complete predictive analytics solutions
  • Understand how to define a problem, propose a solution, and prepare a dataset
  • Use visualizations to explore relationships and gain insights into the dataset
  • Learn to build regression and classification models using scikit-learn
  • Use Keras to build powerful neural network models that produce accurate predictions
  • Learn to serve a model's predictions as a web application
About

Predictive analytics is an applied field that employs a variety of quantitative methods using data to make predictions. It involves much more than just throwing data onto a computer to build a model. This book provides practical coverage to help you understand the most important concepts of predictive analytics. Using practical, step-by-step examples, we build predictive analytics solutions while using cutting-edge Python tools and packages.

The book's step-by-step approach starts by defining the problem and moves on to identifying relevant data. We will also be performing data preparation, exploring and visualizing relationships, building models, tuning, evaluating, and deploying model.

Each stage has relevant practical examples and efficient Python code. You will work with models such as KNN, Random Forests, and neural networks using the most important libraries in Python's data science stack: NumPy, Pandas, Matplotlib, Seaborn, Keras, Dash, and so on. In addition to hands-on code examples, you will find intuitive explanations of the inner workings of the main techniques and algorithms used in predictive analytics.

By the end of this book, you will be all set to build high-performance predictive analytics solutions using Python programming.

Features
  • Use the Python data analytics ecosystem to implement end-to-end predictive analytics projects
  • Explore advanced predictive modeling algorithms with an emphasis on theory with intuitive explanations
  • Learn to deploy a predictive model's results as an interactive application
Page Count 330
Course Length 9 hours 54 minutes
ISBN9781789138719
Date Of Publication 28 Dec 2018
Technical requirements
Understanding the business problem and proposing a solution
Practical project – diamond prices
Practical project – credit card default
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Further reading

Authors

Alvaro Fuentes

Alvaro Fuentes is a data scientist with more than 12 years of experience in analytical roles. He holds an M.S. in applied mathematics and an M.S. in quantitative economics. He worked for many years in the Central Bank of Guatemala as an economic analyst, building models for economic and financial data. He founded Quant Company to provide consulting and training services in data science topics and has been a consultant for many projects in fields such as business, education, medicine, and mass media, among others.

He is a big Python fan and has been using it routinely for five years to analyze data, build models, produce reports, make predictions, and build interactive applications that transform data into intelligence.