Four years ago today authors Nina Zumel and John Mount received our author’s copies of Practical Data Science with R!
Continue reading Four Years of Practical Data Science with R
Four years ago today authors Nina Zumel and John Mount received our author’s copies of Practical Data Science with R!
Continue reading Four Years of Practical Data Science with R
I am excited to share a new deep learning model performance trajectory graph.
Here is an example produced based on Keras in R using ggplot2:
Continue reading Plotting Deep Learning Model Performance Trajectories
Some Announcements:
Thursday Nov 2 2017,
2:00 PM,
Room T2,
“Modeling big data with R, Sparklyr, and Apache Spark”,
Workshop/Training intermediate, 4 hours,
by Dr. John Mount (link).
Friday Nov 3 2017,
4:15 PM,
Room TR2
“Myths of Data Science: Things you Should and Should Not Believe”,
Data Science lecture beginner/intermediate, 45 minutes,
by Dr. Nina Zumel (link, length, abstract, and title to be corrected).
We really hope you can make these talks.
I am pleased to announce that vtreat
version 0.6.0 is now available to R
users on CRAN.
vtreat
is an excellent way to prepare data for machine learning, statistical inference, and predictive analytic projects. If you are an R
user we strongly suggest you incorporate vtreat
into your projects. Continue reading Upcoming data preparation and modeling article series
While working on a large client project using Sparklyr
and multinomial regression we recently ran into a problem: Apache Spark
chooses the order of multinomial regression outcome targets, whereas R
users are used to choosing the order of the targets (please see here for some details). So to make things more like R
users expect, we need a way to translate one order to another.
Providing good solutions to gaps like this is one of the thing Win-Vector LLC does both in our consulting and training practices.
In this article we will discuss the machine learning method called “decision trees”, moving quickly over the usual “how decision trees work” and spending time on “why decision trees work.” We will write from a computational learning theory perspective, and hope this helps make both decision trees and computational learning theory more comprehensible. The goal of this article is to set up terminology so we can state in one or two sentences why decision trees tend to work well in practice.
I want to recommend an excellent article on the recent claimed use of differential privacy to actually preserve user privacy: “A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering” by Matthew Green.
After reading the article we have a few follow-up thoughts on the topic. Continue reading Another note on differential privacy
We have always regretted that we didn’t get to cover gradient boosting in Practical Data Science with R (Manning 2014). To try make up for that we are sharing (for free) our GBM lecture from our (paid) video course Introduction to Data Science.
Please help us get the word out by sharing/Tweeting!
Differential privacy was originally developed to facilitate secure analysis over sensitive data, with mixed success. It’s back in the news again now, with exciting results from Cynthia Dwork, et. al. (see references at the end of the article) that apply results from differential privacy to machine learning.
In this article we’ll work through the definition of differential privacy and demonstrate how Dwork et.al.’s recent results can be used to improve the model fitting process.
Continue reading A Simpler Explanation of Differential Privacy
How sure are you that large margin implies low VC dimension (and good generalization error)? It is true. But even if you have taken a good course on machine learning you many have seen the actual proof (with all of the caveats and conditions). I worked through the literature proofs over the holiday and it took a lot of notes to track what is really going on in the derivation of the support vector machine.