# Category Archives: Data Science

## Great Mind Maps for Learning Machine Learning

In this post, you will get to look at some of the great mind-maps for learning different machine learning topics. I have gathered these mind maps from different web pages on the Internet. The idea is to reinforce our understanding of different machine learning topics using pictures. You may have heard the proverb – A picture is worth a thousand words. Keeping this in mind, I thought to pull some of the great mind maps posted on different web pages. I would be updating this blog post from time-to-time. If you are a beginner data scientist or an experienced one, you may want to bookmark this page for refreshing your …

## Different Types of Distance Measures in Machine Learning

In this post, you will learn different types of distance measures used in different machine learning algorithms such as K-nearest neighbours, K-means etc. Distance measures are used to measure the similarity between two or more vectors in multi-dimensional space. The following represents different forms of distance metrics / measures: Geometric distances Computational distances Statistical distances Geometric Distance Measures Geometric distance metrics, primarily, tends to measure the similarity between two or more vectors solely based on the distance between two points in multi-dimensional space. The examples of such type of geometric distance measures are Minkowski distance, Euclidean distance and Manhattan distance. One other different form of geometric distance is cosine similarity which will discuss …

## Hold-out Method for Training Machine Learning Models

In this post, you will learn about the hold out method used during the process of training machine learning model. When evaluating machine learning (ML) models, the question that arises is whether the model is the best model available from the algorithm hypothesis space in terms of generalization error on the unseen / future data set. Whether the model is trained and tested using the most appropriate method. Out of available models, which model to select? These questions are taken care using what is called as hold out method. Instead of using entire dataset for training, different sets called as validation set and test set is separated or set aside …

## Machine Learning Terminologies for Beginners

When starting on the journey of learning machine learning and data science, we come across several different terminologies when going through different articles/posts, books & video lectures. Getting a good understanding of these terminologies and related concepts will help us understand these concepts in a nice manner. At a senior level, it gets tricky at times when the team of data scientists / ML engineers explain their projects and related outcomes. With this in context, this post lists down a set of commonly used machine learning terminologies that will help us get a good understanding of ML concepts and also engage with the DS / AI / ML team in …

## Machine Learning Free Course at Univ Wisconsin Madison

In this post, you will learn about the free course on machine learning (STAT 451) recently taught at University of Wisconsin-Madison by Dr. Sebastian Raschka. Dr. Sebastian Raschka in currently working as an assistant Professor of Statistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison while focusing on deep learning and machine learning research. The course is titled as “Introduction to Machine Learning”. The recording of the course lectures can be found on the page – Introduction to machine learning. The course covers some of the following topics: What is machine learning? Nearest neighbour methods Computational foundation Python Programming (concepts) Machine learning in Scikit-learn Tree-based methods Decision trees Ensemble methods Model evaluation techniques Concepts of …

## Reinforcement Learning Real-world examples

In this post, you will learn about some real-world / real-life examples of Reinforcement learning, one of the different approaches to machine learning where other approaches are supervised and unsupervised learning. Before looking into the real-world examples of Reinforcement learning, let’s quickly understand what is reinforcement learning. Introduction to Reinforcement Learning (RL) Reinforcement learning is an approach to machine learning in which the agents are trained to make a sequence of decisions. The agent, also called as an AI agent gets trained in the following manner: The agent interacts with the environment and make decisions or choices. For training purpose, the agent is provided with the contextual information about the environment and …

## MIT Free Course on Machine Learning (New)

In this post, the information regarding new free course on machine learning launched by MIT OpenCourseware. In case, you are a beginner data scientist or ML Engineer, you will find this course to be very useful. Here is the URL to the free course on machine learning: https://bit.ly/37iNNAA. This course, titled as Introduction to Machine Learning, introduces principles, algorithms, and applications of machine learning from the point of view of modeling and prediction. It includes formulation of learning problems and concepts of representation, over-fitting, and generalization. These concepts are exercised in supervised learning and reinforcement learning, with applications to images and to temporal sequences. Here are some of the key topics for which lectures can be found: …

## Gradient Boosting Regression Python Examples

In this post, you will learn about the concepts of Gradient Boosting Regression with the help of Python Sklearn code example. Gradient Boosting algorithm is one of the key boosting machine learning algorithms apart from AdaBoost and XGBoost. What is Gradient Boosting Regression? Gradient Boosting algorithm is used to generate an ensemble model by combining the weak learners or weak predictive models. Gradient boosting algorithm can be used to train models for both regression and classification problem. Gradient Boosting Regression algorithm is used to fit the model which predicts the continuous value. Gradient boosting builds an additive mode by using multiple decision trees of fixed size as weak learners or …

## Differences between Random Forest vs AdaBoost

In this post, you will learn about the key differences between AdaBoost classifier and Random Forest algorithm. As data scientists, you must get a good understanding of the differences between Random Forest and AdaBoost machine learning algorithm. Both algorithms can be used for both regression and classification problems. Both Random Forest and AdaBoost algorithm is based on creation of Forest of trees. They are called as ensemble learning algorithms. Random forest is created using a bunch of decision trees which make use of different variables or features and makes use of bagging techniques for data sample. In AdaBoost, the forest is created using a bunch of what is called as decision …

## Data Quality Challenges for Analytics Projects

In this post, you will learn about some of the key data quality challenges which you may need to tackle with, if you are working on data analytics projects or planning to get started on data analytics initiatives. If you represent key stakeholders in analytics team, you may find this post to be useful in understanding the data quality challenges. Here are the key challenges in relation to data quality which when taken care would result in great outcomes from analytics projects related to descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics: Data accuracy / validation Data consistency Data availability Data discovery Data usability Data SLA Cos-effective data Data Accuracy One of the most important …

## Data Science vs Data Engineering Team – Have Both?

In this post, you will learn about different aspects of data science and data engineering team and also understand the key differences between them. As data science / engineering stakeholders, it is very important to understand whether we need to have one or both the teams to achieve high quality dataset & data pipelines as well as high-performant machine learning models. Background When an organization starts on the journey of building data analytics products, primarily based on predictive analytics, it goes on to set up a centralized (mostly) data science team consisting of data scientists. The data science team works with the product team or multiple product teams to gather the …

## 500+ Machine Learning Interview Questions

This post consists of all the posts on this website in relation to interview questions / quizzes related to data science / machine learning topics. These questions can prove to be helpful for the following: Product managers Data scientists Product Managers Interview Questions Find the questions for product managers on this page – Machine learning interview questions for product managers Data Scientists Interview Questions Here are posts representing 500+ interview questions which will be helpful for data scientists / machine learning engineers. You will find it useful as practise questions and answers while preparing for machine learning interview. Decision tree questions Machine learning validation techniques questions Neural networks questions – …

## Spacy Tokenization Python Example

In this post, you will quickly learn about how to use Spacy for reading and tokenising a document read from text file or otherwise. As a data scientist starting on NLP, this is one of those first code which you will be writing to read the text using spaCy. First and foremost, make sure you have got set up with Spacy, and, loaded English tokenizer. The following commands help you set up in Jupyter notebook. Reading text using spaCy: Once you are set up with Spacy and loaded English tokenizer, the following code can be used to read the text from the text file and tokenize the text into words. Pay attention …

## Different Success / Evaluation Metrics for AI / ML Products

In this post, you will learn about some of the common success metrics which can be used for measuring the success of AI / ML (machine learning) / DS (data science) initiatives / products. If you are one of the AI / ML stakeholders, you would want to get hold of these metrics in order to apply right metrics in right business use cases. Business leaders do want to know and maximise the return on investments (ROI) from AI / ML investments. Here is the list of success metrics for AI / DS / ML initiatives: Business value metrics / Key performance indicators (KPIs): Business value metrics such as operating …

## Hierarchical Clustering Explained with Python Example

In this post, you will learn about the concepts of Hierarchical clustering with the help of Python code example. As data scientist / machine learning enthusiasts, you would want to learn the concepts of hierarchical clustering in a great manner. The following topics will be covered in this post: What is hierarchical clustering? Hierarchical clustering Python example What is Hierarchical Clustering? Hierarchical clustering is an unsupervised learning algorithm which is based on clustering data based on hierarchical ordering. Recall that clustering is an algorithm which groups data points within multiple clusters such that data within each cluster are similar to each other while clusters are different each other. The hierarchical clustering can be classified …

## Generalized Linear Models Explained with Examples

In this post, you will learn about the concepts of generalized linear models (GLM) with the help of Python examples. It is very important for data scientists to understand the concepts of generalized linear models and how are they different from general linear models such as regression or ANOVA models. Some of the following topics have been covered in this post: What are generalized linear models (GLM)? Generalized linear models real-world examples When to use generalized linear models? What are Generalized Linear Models? Generalized linear models represent the class of regression models which models the response variable, Y, and the random error term () based on exponential family of distributions such as normal, Poisson, …