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  • Define a problem that can be solved by training a machine learning model
  • Obtain, verify and clean data before transforming it into the correct format for use
  • Perform exploratory analysis and extract features from data
  • Build models for neural net, linear and non-linear regression, classification, and clustering
  • Evaluate the performance of a model with the right metrics
  • Implement a classification problem using the neural net package
  • Employ a decision tree using the random forest library

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.

  • Gain a comprehensive overview of different machine learning techniques
  • Explore various methods for selecting a particular algorithm
  • Implement a machine learning project from problem definition through to the final model
Page Count 416
Course Length 12 hours 28 minutes
ISBN 9781838550134
Date Of Publication 30 Aug 2019


Brindha Priyadarshini Jeyaraman

Brindha Priyadarshini Jeyaraman is a senior data scientist at AIDA Technologies. She has completed her M.Tech in knowledge engineering with a gold medal from the National University of Singapore. She has more than 10 years of work experience and she is an expert in understanding business problems, and designing and implementing solutions using machine learning. She has worked on several real data science projects in the insurance and finance domain.

Ludvig Renbo Olsen

Ludvig Renbo Olsen, BSc in Cognitive Science from Aarhus University, is the author of multiple R packages, such as groupdata2 and cvms. With 4 years of R and Python experience, including working as a machine learning researcher at the Danish startup UNSILO, he is passionate about creating tools and tutorials for students and scientists. Guided by Effective Altruism, he intends to positively impact the world through his career.

Monicah Wambugu

Monicah Wambugu is the lead Data Scientist at Loanbee, a financial technology company that offers micro-loans by leveraging on data, machine learning and analytics to perform alternative credit scoring. She is a graduate student at the School of Information at UC Berkeley Masters in Information Management and Systems. Monicah is particularly interested in how data science and machine learning can be used to design products and applications that respond to the behavioral and socio-economic needs of target audiences.