# Category Archives: Machine Learning

## Ridge Regression Concepts & Python example

Ridge regression is a type of linear regression that penalizes ridge coefficients. This technique can be used to reduce the effects of multicollinearity in ridge regression, which may result from high correlations among predictors or between predictors and independent variables. In this tutorial, we will explain ridge regression with a Python example. What is Ridge Regression? Ridge regression is a type of linear regression technique that is used in machine learning to reduce the overfitting of linear models. Recall that Linear regression is a method of modeling data that represents relationships between a response variable and one or more predictor variables. Ridge regression is used when there are multiple variables that …

## Lasso Regression Explained with Python Example

In this post, you will learn concepts of Lasso regression along with Python Sklearn examples. Lasso regression algorithm introduces penalty against model complexity (a large number of parameters) using regularization parameter. The other two similar forms of regularized linear regression are Ridge regression and Elasticnet regression which will be discussed in future posts. In this post, the following topics are discussed: What’s Lasso Regression? Lasso regression is a machine learning algorithm that can be used to perform linear regression while also reducing the number of features used in the model. Lasso stands for least absolute shrinkage and selection operator. Pay attention to the words, “least absolute shrinkage” and “selection”. We will …

## Bias-Variance Trade-off Concepts & Interview Questions

Bias and variance are two important properties of machine learning models. In this post, you will learn about the concepts of bias & variance in relation to the machine learning (ML) models. Bias refers to how well your model can represent all possible outcomes, whereas variance refers to how sensitive your predictions are to changes in the model’s parameters. The tradeoff between bias and variance is a fundamental problem in machine learning, and it is often necessary to experiment with different model types in order to find the balance that works best for a given dataset. In addition to learning the concepts related to Bias vs variance trade-off, you would …

## What is Data Science? Concepts & Examples

What is data science? This is a question that many people are asking, and for good reason. Data science is a relatively new field, and it covers a lot of ground. In this blog post, we will discuss what data science is, and we will give some examples of how it can be used to solve problems. Stay tuned, because by the end of this post you will have a clear understanding of what data science is and why it matters! What is Data Science? Before understanding what is data science, let’s understand what is science? Science can be defined as a systematic and logical approach to discovering how things …

## Machine Learning – Sensitivity vs Specificity Difference

In this post, we will try and understand the concepts behind machine learning model evaluation metrics such as sensitivity and specificity which is used to determine the performance of the machine learning models. The post also describes the differences between sensitivity and specificity. The concepts have been explained using the model for predicting whether a person is suffering from a disease or not. You may want to check out another related post titled ROC Curve & AUC Explained with Python examples. What is Sensitivity Sensitivity is a measure of how well a machine learning model can detect positive instances. It is also known as the true positive rate (TPR) or recall. Sensitivity is …

## Stochastic Gradient Descent Python Example

In this post, you will learn the concepts of Stochastic Gradient Descent (SGD) using a Python example. Stochastic gradient descent is an optimization algorithm that is used to optimize the cost function while training machine learning models. The most popular algorithm such as gradient descent takes a long time to converge for large datasets. This is where the variant of gradient descent such as stochastic gradient descent comes into the picture. In order to demonstrate Stochastic gradient descent concepts, the Perceptron machine learning algorithm is used. Recall that Perceptron is also called a single-layer neural network. Before getting into details, let’s quickly understand the concepts of Perceptron and the underlying learning …

## Dummy Variables in Regression Models: Python, R

In linear regression, dummy variables are used to represent the categorical variables in the model. There are a few different ways that dummy variables can be created, and we will explore a few of them in this blog post. We will also take a look at some examples to help illustrate how dummy variables work. We will also understand concepts related to the dummy variable trap. By the end of this post, you should have a better understanding of how to use dummy variables in linear regression models. As a data scientist, it is important to understand how to use linear regression and dummy variables. What are dummy variables in …

## How to deal with Class Imbalance in Python

In this post, you will learn about how to deal with class imbalance by adjusting class weight while solving a machine learning classification problem. This will be illustrated using Sklearn Python code example. What is Class Imbalance? Class imbalance refers to a problem in machine learning where the classes in the data are not equally represented. For example, if there are 100 data points and 90 of them belong to Class A and 10 belong to Class B, then the classes are imbalanced. Class imbalance can lead to problems with training machine learning models because the models may be biased towards the more common class. If there are more examples …

## Linear regression hypothesis testing: Concepts, Examples

In relation to machine learning, linear regression is defined as a predictive modeling technique that allows us to build a model which can help predict continuous response variables as a function of a linear combination of explanatory or predictor variables. While training linear regression models, we need to rely on hypothesis testing in relation to determining the relationship between the response and predictor variables. In the case of the linear regression model, two types of hypothesis testing are done. They are T-tests and F-tests. In other words, there are two types of statistics that are used to assess whether linear regression models exist representing response and predictor variables. They are …

## Differences between Random Forest vs AdaBoost

In this post, you will learn about the key differences between the AdaBoost classifier and the Random Forest algorithm. As data scientists, you must get a good understanding of the differences between Random Forest and AdaBoost machine learning algorithms. Both algorithms can be used for both regression and classification problems. Random forest and Adaboost are two popular machine learning algorithms. Both algorithms can be used for classification and regression tasks. Both Random Forest and AdaBoost algorithm is based on the creation of a Forest of trees. Random Forest is an ensemble learning algorithm that is created using a bunch of decision trees that make use of different variables or features …

## Correlation Concepts, Matrix & Heatmap using Seaborn

In this blog post, we’ll be discussing correlation concepts, matrix & heatmap using Seaborn. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Seaborn, it’s a library for data visualization in Python. So if you’re looking to up your data visualization game, stay tuned! We’ll start with the basics of correlation and move on to discuss how to create matrices and heatmaps with Seaborn. Let’s get started! Introduction to Correlation Correlation is a statistical measure that expresses the strength of the relationship between two variables. The two main types of correlation are positive and negative. Positive correlation occurs when two variables move in the same direction; as one increases, so do …

## Gaussian Mixture Models: What are they & when to use?

Gaussian mixture models (GMMs) are a type of machine learning algorithm. They are used to classify data into different categories based on the probability distribution. Gaussian mixture models can be used in many different areas, including finance, marketing and so much more! In this blog, an introduction to gaussian mixture models is provided along with real-world examples, what they do and when GMMs should be used. What are Gaussian mixture models (GMM)? Gaussian mixture models (GMM) are a probabilistic concept used to model real-world data sets. GMMs are a generalization of Gaussian distributions and can be used to represent any data set that can be clustered into multiple Gaussian distributions. …

## Different Types of CNN Architectures Explained: Examples

The CNN architectures are the most popular deep learning framework. CNNs are used for a variety of applications, ranging from computer vision to natural language processing. In this blog post, we will discuss each type of CNN architecture in detail and provide examples of how these models work. Even before we get to learn about the different types of CNN architecture, let’s briefly recall what is CNN in the first place? What is CNN? CNNs are a type of deep learning algorithm that are used to process data with a grid-like topology. CNNs are a type of deep learning algorithm that is used to process data that has a spatial …

## When to Use Which Clustering Algorithms?

There are many clustering machine learning algorithms to choose from when you want to cluster data. But which one should you use in a particular situation? In this blog post, we will explore the different clustering algorithms and explain when each one is most appropriate. We will also provide examples so that you can see how these algorithms work in practice. What clustering is and why it’s useful Simply speaking, clustering is a technique used in machine learning to group data points together. The goal of clustering is to find natural groups, or clusters, in the data. Clustering algorithms are used to automatically find these groups. Clustering is useful because …

## Difference between Online & Batch Learning

In this post, you will learn about the concepts and differences between online and batch or offline learning in relation to how machine learning models in production learn incrementally from the stream of incoming data or otherwise. It is one of the most important aspects of designing machine learning systems. Data science architects would require to get a good understanding of when to go for online learning and when to go for batch or offline learning. Why online learning vs batch or offline learning? Before we get into learning the concepts of batch and on-line or online learning, let’s understand why we need different types of models training or learning …

## Steps for Evaluating & Validating Time-Series Models

Time-series machine learning models are becoming increasingly popular due to the large volume of data that is now available. These models can be used to make predictions about future events, and they are often more accurate than traditional methods. However, it is important to properly evaluate (check accuracy by performing error analysis) and validate these models before you put them into production. In this blog post, we will discuss the different ways that you can evaluate and validate time series machine learning models. We will also provide some tips on how to improve your results. As data scientists, it is important to learn the techniques related to evaluating time-series models. …