R: Recipes for Analysis, Visualization and Machine Learning

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  • Get data into your R environment and prepare it for analysis
  • Perform exploratory data analyses and generate meaningful visualizations of the data
  • Generate various plots in R using the basic R plotting techniques
  • Create presentations and learn the basics of creating apps in R for your audience
  • Create and inspect the transaction dataset, performing association analysis with the Apriori algorithm
  • Visualize associations in various graph formats and find frequent itemset using the ECLAT algorithm
  • Build, tune, and evaluate predictive models with different machine learning packages
  • Incorporate R and Hadoop to solve machine learning problems on big data

The R language is a powerful, open source, functional programming language. At its core, R is a statistical programming language that provides impressive tools to analyze data and create high-level graphics. This Learning Path is chock-full of recipes. Literally! It aims to excite you with awesome projects focused on analysis, visualization, and machine learning. We’ll start off with data analysis – this will show you ways to use R to generate professional analysis reports. We’ll then move on to visualizing our data – this provides you with all the guidance needed to get comfortable with data visualization with R. Finally, we’ll move into the world of machine learning – this introduces you to data classification, regression, clustering, association rule mining, and dimension reduction.

This Learning Path combines some of the best that Packt has to offer in one complete, curated package. It includes content from the following Packt products:

  • Proficiently analyze data and apply machine learning techniques
  • Generate visualizations, develop interactive visualizations and applications to understand various data exploratory functions in R
  • Construct a predictive model by using a variety of machine learning packages
Page Count 976
Course Length 29 hours 16 minutes
ISBN 9781787289598
Date Of Publication 24 Nov 2016


Viswa Viswanathan

Viswa Viswanathan is an associate professor of Computing and Decision Sciences at the Stillman School of Business in Seton Hall University. After completing his PhD in Artificial Intelligence, Viswa spent a decade in Academia and then switched to a leadership position in the software industry for a decade. During this period, he worked for Infosys, Igate, and Starbase. He embraced Academia once again in 2001.

Viswa has taught extensively in diverse fields, including operations research, computer science, software engineering, management information systems, and enterprise systems. In addition to teaching at the university, Viswa has conducted training programs for industry professionals. He has written several peer-reviewed research publications in journals such as Operations Research, IEEE Software, Computers and Industrial Engineering, and International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education. He authored a book entitled Data Analytics with R: A Hands-on Approach.

Viswa thoroughly enjoys hands-on software development, and has single-handedly conceived, architected, developed, and deployed several web-based applications.

Apart from his deep interest in technical fields such as data analytics, Artificial Intelligence, computer science, and software engineering, Viswa harbors a deep interest in education, with a special emphasis on the roots of learning and methods to foster deeper learning. He has done research in this area and hopes to pursue the subject further.

Viswa would like to express deep gratitude to professors Amitava Bagchi and Anup Sen, who were inspirational during his early research career. He is also grateful to several extremely intelligent colleagues, notably Rajesh Venkatesh, Dan Richner, and Sriram Bala, who significantly shaped his thinking. His aunt, Analdavalli; his sister, Sankari; and his wife, Shanthi, taught him much about hard work, and even the little he has absorbed has helped him immensely.

His sons, Nitin and Siddarth, have helped with numerous insightful comments on various topics.

Shanthi Viswanathan

Shanthi Viswanathan is an experienced technologist who has delivered technology management and enterprise architecture consulting to many enterprise customers. She has worked for Infosys Technologies, Oracle Corporation, and Accenture. As a consultant, Shanthi has helped several large organizations, such as Canon, Cisco, Celgene, Amway, Time Warner Cable, and GE among others, in areas such as data architecture and analytics, master data management, service-oriented architecture, business process management, and modeling. When she is not in front of her Mac, Shanthi spends time hiking in the suburbs of NY/NJ, working in the garden, and teaching yoga.

Shanthi would like to thank her husband, Viswa, for all the great discussions on numerous topics during their hikes together and for exposing her to R and Java. She would also like to thank her sons, Nitin and Siddarth, for getting her into the data analytics world.

Atmajitsinh Gohil

Atmajitsinh Gohil works as a senior consultant at a consultancy firm in New York City. After graduating, he worked in the financial industry as a Fixed Income Analyst. He writes about data manipulation, data exploration, visualization, and basic R plotting functions on his blog at http://datavisualizationineconomics.blogspot.com.

He has a master's degree in financial economics from the State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo. He also graduated with a master of arts degree in economics from University of Pune, India. He loves to read blogs on data visualization and loves to go out on hikes in his free time.

Yu-Wei, Chiu (David Chiu)

Yu-Wei, Chiu (David Chiu) is the founder of LargitData Company. He has previously worked for Trend Micro as a software engineer, with the responsibility of building up big data platforms for business intelligence and customer relationship management systems. In addition to being a startup entrepreneur and data scientist, he specializes in using Spark and Hadoop to process big data and apply data mining techniques to data analysis. Yu-Wei is also a professional lecturer, and has delivered talks on Python, R, Hadoop, and tech talks at a variety of conferences.

In 2013, Yu-Wei reviewed Bioinformatics with R Cookbook, a book compiled for Packt Publishing.