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How to Win $3 Million using R

The Heritage Health Prize was a two year predictive analytics competition that recently concluded, and Melbourne based Phil Brierley was the P in POWERDOT, the 'winning' team. In this talk Phil will share some* of the tips and tricks for building accurate predictive models (hopefully with some 'live' demonstrations using R) and tell the POWERDOT story.

*Note: The competition is ongoing - so don't expect to learn everything ;-)

By education, Phil is a Mechanical Engineer and became involved in predictive analytics during his doctorate where he developed intelligent control systems using neural networks. Phil is the owner of Tiberius Data Mining where he develops the visual data mining softwareTiberius. He has worked at NAB and IBM in advanced analytics and is also freelance data scientist currently working for a Hedge Fund.  In his spare time he enjoys honing his techniques in competitive data mining and is a 3 time Kaggle winner.

Pizzas and drinks will be provided courtesy of Revolution Analytics.


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  • Phil B.

    Thanks for al the positive feedback. The video and code used in the presentation is now online.

    2 · October 17, 2013

  • John

    My broken foot was protesting and I could not attend. Any chance of slides being published? Sounds like I missed a corker!

    October 17, 2013

  • Robert de G.

    Great talk - useful antidote to the search for the perfect, knockout punch ML/ statistical technique.

    October 17, 2013

  • Sherry S

    I loved that. Phil's presentation is very interesting and inspiring.

    October 17, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    Phil was very interesting to listen to and I hope he can continue his lecture series next year.

    October 17, 2013

  • Lyndon W.

    Great talk.

    October 17, 2013

  • Yuval M.

    Thanks Phil for a very interactive presentation, and thanks for sharing your tips!

    October 17, 2013

  • RdR

    Phil, thanks for an exciting glimpse into the world of predictive analytics competitions. I enjoyed it a lot and picked up some interesting pointers.

    October 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome. Hope Phil will post the code snippets shown during the talk?

    October 16, 2013

  • Stuart H.

    Damn can't get down this week. Good luck Phil and hopefully catch up with you next week at Melb HUG. stu

    October 14, 2013

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