Fundamentals of Machine Learning for Predictive Data Analytics: Algorithms, Worked Examples, and Case Studies

Book Description

Machine learning is often used to build predictive by extracting patterns from large datasets. These are used in predictive data applications including price prediction, assessment, predicting customer behavior, and document classification. This introductory textbook offers a detailed and focused treatment of the most important machine learning approaches used in predictive data analytics, covering both theoretical concepts and practical applications. Technical and mathematical material is augmented with explanatory worked examples, and case studies illustrate the application of these in the broader business context.

After discussing the trajectory from data to insight to decision, the book describes four approaches to machine learning: information-based learning, similarity-based learning, probability-based learning, and error-based learning. Each of these approaches is introduced by a nontechnical explanation of the underlying concept, followed by mathematical models and algorithms illustrated by detailed worked examples. Finally, the book considers techniques for evaluating prediction models and offers two case studies that describe specific data analytics projects through each phase of development, from formulating the business problem to implementation of the analytics solution. The book, informed by the authors' many years of teaching machine learning, and working on predictive data analytics projects, is suitable for use by undergraduates in science, engineering, , or statistics; by graduate students in disciplines with applications for predictive data analytics; and as a reference for professionals.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Machine Learning for Predictive Data Analytics
Chapter 2 Data to Insights to Decisions
Chapter 3 Data Exploration
Chapter 4 Information-based Learning
Chapter 5 Similarity-based Learning
Chapter 6 Probability-based Learning
Chapter 7 Error-based Learning
Chapter 8 Evaluation
Chapter 9 Case Study: Customer Churn
Chapter 10 Case Study: Galaxy Classification
Chapter 11 The Art of Machine Learning for Predictive Data Analytics
Appendix A Descriptive Statistics and Data for Machine Learning
Appendix B Introduction to Probability for Machine Learning
Appendix C Differentiation Techniques for Machine Learning

Book Details

  • Title: Fundamentals of Machine Learning for Predictive Data Analytics: Algorithms, Worked Examples, and Case Studies
  • Author: , ,
  • Length: 624 pages
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Publisher:
  • Publication Date: 2015-07-24
  • ISBN-10: 0262029448
  • ISBN-13: 9780262029445
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