Advanced Machine Learning with R

By Cory Lesmeister , Dr. Sunil Kumar Chinnamgari
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  1. Preparing and Understanding Data

About this video

R is one of the most popular languages when it comes to exploring the mathematical side of machine learning and easily performing computational statistics.

This Learning Path shows you how to leverage the R ecosystem to build efficient machine learning applications that carry out intelligent tasks within your organization. You’ll tackle realistic projects such as building powerful machine learning models with ensembles to predict employee attrition. You’ll explore different clustering techniques to segment customers using wholesale data and use TensorFlow and Keras-R for performing advanced computations. Each chapter will help you implement advanced machine learning algorithms using real-world examples. You’ll also be introduced to reinforcement learning along with its various use cases and models. Additionally, this Learning Path provides you with a glimpse into how some of these black-box models can be diagnosed and understood.

By the end of this Learning Path, you’ll be equipped with the skills you need to deploy machine learning techniques in your own projects.

Publication date:
May 2019
11 hours 4 minutes


Preparing and Understanding Data




Reading the data


Handling duplicate observations


Handling missing values


Zero and near-zero variance features


Treating the data



About the Authors

  • Cory Lesmeister

    Cory Lesmeister has over fourteen years of quantitative experience and is currently a senior data scientist for the advanced analytics team at Cummins, Inc. in Columbus, Indiana. He has spent 16 years at Eli Lilly and Company in sales, market research, Lean Six Sigma, marketing analytics, and new product forecasting. He also has several years of experience in the insurance and banking industries, both as a consultant and as a manager of marketing analytics. A former US Army active duty and reserve officer, Cory was stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2009. Here, he served as the strategic advisor to the 29,000-person Iraqi Oil Police, succeeding where others failed by acquiring and delivering promised equipment to help the country secure and protect its oil infrastructure. He has a BBA in aviation administration from the University of North Dakota and a commercial helicopter license.

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  • Dr. Sunil Kumar Chinnamgari

    Dr. Sunil Kumar Chinnamgari has a Ph.D. in computer science and specializes in machine learning and natural language processing. He is an AI researcher with more than 14 years of industry experience. Currently, he works in the capacity of lead data scientist with a US financial giant. He has published several research papers in Scopus and IEEE journals and is a frequent speaker at various meetups. He is an avid coder and has won multiple hackathons. In his spare time, Sunil likes to teach, travel, and spend time with family.

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