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For a short time: Half Off Some Manning Data Science Books

May 12, 2016
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Our publisher Manning Publications is celebrating the release of a new data science in Python title Introducing Data Science by offering it and other Manning titles at half off until Wednesday, May 18. As part of the promotion you can also use the supplied discount code mlcielenlt for half off some R titles including R … Continue reading For a short time: Half Off Some Manning Data Science Books

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Coming up: principal components analysis

May 7, 2016
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Coming up: principal components analysis

Just a “heads-up.” I’ve been editing a two-part series Nina Zumel is writing on some of the pitfalls of improperly applied principal components analysis/regression and how to avoid them (we are using the plural spelling as used in following Everitt The Cambridge Dictionary of Statistics). The series is looking absolutely fantastic and I think it … Continue reading Coming up: principal components analysis

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vtreat cross frames

May 5, 2016
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vtreat cross frames

vtreat cross frames John Mount, Nina Zumel 2016-05-05 As a follow on to “On Nested Models” we work R examples demonstrating “cross validated training frames” (or “cross frames”) in vtreat. Consider the following data frame. The outcome only depends on the “good” variables, not on the (high degree of freedom) “bad” variables. Modeling such a … Continue reading vtreat cross frames

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On Nested Models

April 26, 2016
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On Nested Models

We have been recently working on and presenting on nested modeling issues. These are situations where the output of one trained machine learning model is part of the input of a later model or procedure. I am now of the opinion that correct treatment of nested models is one of the biggest opportunities for improvement … Continue reading On Nested Models

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Improved vtreat documentation

April 17, 2016
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Improved vtreat documentation

Nina Zumel has donated some time to greatly improve the vtreat R package documentation (now available as pre-rendered HTML here). vtreat is an R data.frame processor/conditioner package that helps prepare real-world data for predictive modeling in a statistically sound manner. Even with modern machine learning techniques (random forests, support vector machines, neural nets, gradient boosted … Continue reading Improved vtreat documentation

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Half off Win-Vector data science books and video training!

April 8, 2016
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We are pleased to announce our book Practical Data Science with R (Nina Zumel, John Mount, Manning 2014) is part of Manning’s “Deal of the Day” of April 9th 2016. This one day only offer gets you half off for physical book (with free e-copy) or paid e-copy (e-copy simultaneous pdf + ePub + kindle, … Continue reading Half off Win-Vector data science books and video training!

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A bit on the F1 score floor

April 2, 2016
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A bit on the F1 score floor

At Strata+Hadoop World “R Day” Tutorial, Tuesday, March 29 2016, San Jose, California we spent some time on classifier measures derived from the so-called “confusion matrix.” We repeated our usual admonition to not use “accuracy itself” as a project quality goal (business people tend to ask for it as it is the word they are … Continue reading A bit on the F1 score floor

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WVPlots: example plots in R using ggplot2

April 1, 2016
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WVPlots: example plots in R using ggplot2

Nina Zumel and I have been working on packaging our favorite graphing techniques in a more reusable way that emphasizes the analysis task at hand over the steps needed to produce a good visualization. The idea is: we sacrifice some of the flexibility and composability inherent to ggplot2 in R for a menu of prescribed … Continue reading WVPlots: example plots in R using ggplot2

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Upcoming Win-Vector LLC appearances

March 23, 2016
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Upcoming Win-Vector LLC appearances

Win-Vector LLC will be presenting on statistically validating models using R and data science at: Strata+Hadoop World “R Day” Tutorial 9:00am–5:00pm Tuesday, March 29 2016, San Jose, California. ODSC San Francisco Meetup, 6:30pm-9:00pm Thursday, March 31, 2016, San Francisco, California. We will share code and examples. Registration required (and Strata is a paid conference). Please … Continue reading Upcoming Win-Vector LLC appearances

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More on preparing data

March 18, 2016
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More on preparing data

The Microsoft Data Science User Group just sponsored Dr. Nina Zumel‘s presentation “Preparing Data for Analysis Using R”. Microsoft saw Win-Vector LLC‘s ODSC West 2015 presentation “Prepping Data for Analysis using R” and generously offered to sponsor improving it and disseminating it to a wider audience. We feel Nina really hit the ball out of … Continue reading More on preparing data

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