Machine Learning

Three talks about Machine Learning, sponsored by Ab Initio and Bullhorn.

Nelle Varoquaux: Working on a machine learning challenge with sklearn

Analysing data is hard. You have to normalize the data, extract the features, and choose and (sometimes) implement the right algorithm to perform the correct analysis. More and more, companies outsource this problem to data analysists (and geeks) in the form of challenges. In this talk, I will present tips and tricks to solve such a challenge using the machine learning toolbox scikit-learn. I will give concrete examples from several bioinformatics challenges.

Michael Selik: Why Big Data?

Many articles assert that Big Data will create value, but few if any explain why. Michael Selik will discuss different characteristics of data (volume, velocity, and variety), when each is valuable, and how to extract that value even if you're not a machine learning expert.

Vik Paruchuri: edX Ease and Discern

EdX runs MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), and uses machine learning to grade student essays.  All our code is open-source, including the grading code, and we have open APIs for you to use our ML engine.  I'll describe how it works, and how you can use it for your own machine learning tasks.

Pizza is sponsored by Ab Initio, with drinks at Meadhall afterward sponsored by Bullhorn.

We'll also be live-streaming the evening at http://youtube.com/bostonpython.

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  • Sandy

    pls help find python code for
    Neural Nets in Python by Ryan Harris from
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRyu4ecIE9tibdzuhJr94uQeKnOFkkbq6
    or somebody knows similar video about Neural Nets in Python with plain code and not hidden functions?

    June 2

  • Feyzi B.

    Great!

    June 26, 2013

  • Kaushik

    The three talks were superb. They were well delivered and had great content. It was two hours well spent. My only suggestion would be, in general, not to focus on specific code or packages, but on principles. We talked about overfitting, but missed out on concepts like what to do when our class samples are imbalanced, how to do controls (e.g. shuffle correction) how to do dimensionality reduction and a discussion of the relative merits of different techniques.

    June 25, 2013

  • Matthew S.

    Great

    June 25, 2013

  • Norman M.

    It has been many years since I was involved in this sort of thing. Did some research involving Artificial Neural Networks in the early 90s. I have gotten some ideas for some new projects involving data to do with my high school programming students. This is an area that is not really ever covered in high school computer science as most schools are mainly interested in AP Computer Science to boost their academic rating....

    June 25, 2013

  • Nate A.

    I want to go hear Vik talk about Discern!

    June 19, 2013

    • Jim H.

      The EASE and Discern talk was great. We will definitely be using for some Whitespace work this Friday. We have some ideation data I would love to use to train for scoring

      June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent overview of how machine learning is applied to 3 areas

    June 25, 2013

  • Ghinwa C.

    Diverse and informative set of talks. Looking forward to more.

    June 25, 2013

  • Kin H.

    yeah live stream finally on thx a bundle...

    June 25, 2013

  • Pete Vander G.

    Well darn. Didn't see that I had gotten in until after I'd need to leave to get there in reasonable time :-( (That's what I get for living out in the green, green countryside. Ah well.)

    June 25, 2013

  • John B.

    Was on waiting list. Got the RSVP too late to get there in time. Going to open up or someone else and watch the live stream

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll watch it on the livestream.

    June 25, 2013

  • Michael B.

    How does one post a bug report to meetup? The way their software handles this does not make sense, at least display-wise...

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gonna go and watch it from home.

    June 25, 2013

  • George Ross Fisher I.

    The waitlist is empty? I seem still to be on it.

    June 25, 2013

    • Ned B.

      The waitlist is not empty. The RSVPs closed at 5, so people changing to No weren't replaced with Waitlisters. I've extended the RSVP time to 6.

      June 25, 2013

  • Paul D.

    My bus is not going to make it.

    June 25, 2013

  • V S.

    Giving up spot as its going to be streamed live

    June 25, 2013

  • Kin H.

    Switch to live streaming. Save gas and a drive into town

    June 25, 2013

  • Peter L.

    will watch on livestream.

    June 25, 2013

  • Dana A.

    yippee!

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm dropping my guest - does that mean someone else gets a spot?

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute conflict.

    June 25, 2013

  • John M.

    can't make it

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll watch the live stream, thanks for providing it!

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll check out the stream!

    June 25, 2013

  • mak

    Dang... Too far away to accept at this point. Will be watching.

    June 25, 2013

  • Okie E.

    Unfortunate work conflict.

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, didn't expect this to come through so late so made other plans. Next time!

    June 25, 2013

  • Eric M.

    Yay, I have a spot! Thank you to whoever has given up your spot for this poor grad student! :-).

    June 25, 2013

  • Phil S.

    sick.

    June 25, 2013

  • Rick W.

    Sorry to miss the pizza and friends, but I'll give up my seat and watch the youtube stream instead.

    June 25, 2013

  • Logan T.

    Will watch the stream.

    June 25, 2013

  • Roman

    Giving my spot to non-bostonistas, will watch online

    June 25, 2013

  • David S.

    Given the way today is going, I'm going for the livestream.

    June 25, 2013

  • James P.

    At home sick ;-(

    June 25, 2013

  • pontii p.

    very cool talk about EdX. i love it

    June 25, 2013

  • Patrick P.

    Relinquishing my spot, since this is going to be livestreamed.

    June 25, 2013

  • JP L.

    I will watch the video, thanks

    June 24, 2013

  • Dana A.

    ML appears to be the direction I initially thought Edx Python would take me. I am looking forward to these three talks.

    June 24, 2013

  • Tansu D.

    Good job

    June 20, 2013

  • maroc

    it is the machine learning more

    June 4, 2013

  • David F.

    When will RSVPs be open?

    May 23, 2013

    • Ned B.

      We typically open RSVPs a week before the event.

      May 23, 2013

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