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Predictive Modeling in the Cloud w/ BigML and yhat

We're super excited to share with you two great tools that allow you to build predictive models in the cloud: BigML and yhat.

Here's the schedule for the evening:

6:30pm-7pm: Doors open, food & mingling

7:00pm: Dave Gerster, VP of Data Science at BigML

7:40pm: Greg Lamp, Co-founder of yhat

8pm-9pm: Networking

>>You must submit your first and last name and bring ID in order to attend. 

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Dave Gerster, VP of Data Science at BigML

Let’s say have a clean data set (finally!) and are ready for the fun part: analysis and model-building. There’s a lot of things you can do at that point.

One awesome option is to start your analysis with a decision tree in the cloud. On BigML, you can make one in just 10 minutes. There's also a powerful way built-in to explore confidence in its predictions.

We’re stoked to have Dave present. He is the VP of Data Science for BigML, was  formerly the Director of Data Science at Groupon, Principal Program Manager at Bing, and Director of Analytics at Yahoo!. (Whew.)

Dave will show us through BigML and discuss how it works under the hood. 

Greg Lamp, Co-founder of yhat

We’re also very excited to share with yhat with you. Think of their company as the Heroku of data science - they make it super-easy to deploy predictive analytics. 

Once you've written your model in R or Python, you might hand it off to a production engineer to implement. However, this work is time-consuming and error-prone. According to Greg and his co-founder Austin, you can deploy your model in minutes on their platform.

The two of them are in town from New York for just a few days, so this is an extra-special opportunity to see them. 

Thanks, Yelp!

Thanks very much to our host and sponsor of pizza and beer, Yelp!. Their events specialist Julia is fantastic, their space is beautiful, and they’re hiring! See:

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More about BigML

BigML offers a highly scalable, cloud based machine learning service that is easy to use, seamless to integrate and instantly actionable. Now everyone can implement data-driven decision making in their applications. BigML works with small and big data. 

PS: Watch this video of Dave from BigML beating the benchmark for random forest models on the Kaggle StumbleUpon competition:

More about yhat

Integrating predictive models into production software is an incredible chore. Models written in one environment must be ported to that of the production system (e.g. Java, .NET, Ruby). Converting models from one language to another is impractical, error-prone, and time-consuming. Yhat lets data scientists publish predictive models in a manner that's immediately useful to application developers. 

More about Yelp

Yelp (NYSE: YELP) connects people with great local businesses. Yelp was founded in San Francisco in July 2004. Since then, Yelp communities have taken root in major metros across the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Singapore, Poland, Turkey, New Zealand, the Czech Republic and Brazil. Yelp had a monthly average of 108 million unique visitors in Q2 2013*. By the end of Q2 2013, Yelpers had written more than 42 million rich, local reviews, making Yelp the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. Yelp's mobile application was used on 10.4 million unique mobile devices on a monthly average basis during Q2 2013.

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  • Katie K.

    The co-founders of yhat have shared their slides as well. Learn how to use yhat to make a Beer Recommender:

    March 9, 2014

  • Katie K.

    For those of you who couldn't attend, here are the links (in lieu of slides) for the BigML presentation:

    A demo of BigML with data from StumbleUpon:

    And here's a link to that model:

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Joseph W.

    Will slides be available?

    March 2, 2014

  • James C.

    Thank you, very nice event, definitely answered questions I had and got some bonus ideas to boot.

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • Clare H.

    I learned so much and thank you all for organizing the meet up!!

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • AJ

    Learned so much from both. Came out of the lectures with a bunch of ideas, and completely revitalized in a world of fast paced tech releases.

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • Sudeep D.

    Very interesting and informative.

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • Joseph C J.

    Failed water heater.

    February 26, 2014

  • Clare H.

    Is there still space to come tomorrow?

    February 25, 2014

    • Chris S.

      I would say 'yes', there are still spaces available, and even if there is a waiting list, I have seen plenty of events where people didn't show and so the waiting list was let in entirely.

      February 25, 2014

    • Katie K.

      Hi Clare - Thanks for checking! Go ahead and register on the waitlist, and feel free to show up. I anticipate space for the first 30+ waitlist registrants without any problem at all.

      February 25, 2014

  • SAI C.

    I'm excited for this.

    February 23, 2014

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