Fantasy Football: A Data Science Experiment with Ben Fowler

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1909 (FKA Palm Beach Tech Space)

313 Datura St 2nd Floor · West Palm Beach, fl

How to find us

Take the elevator in the Lobby to the 2nd Floor. If the outer door is locked, call the number posted on the door and we will come down and let you in.

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Fantasy Football offers an excellent opportunity to leverage data to predict future performance of players, utilizing machine learning modeling. In this talk, a deep-dive discussion into the code to generate an excellent model, following the Cross Industry Process for Data Mining (CRISP-DM) process will be discussed. An in-depth review of feature engineering, feature selection, hyperparameter optimization techniques and A/B testing of experiments will be discussed. The talk will conclude with a demonstration of MLflow, an open source platform empowering significant velocity enhancements for the machine learning lifecycle. This demonstration will detail how a Data Scientist can generate over a thousand model runs and can efficiently review these model results to identify the optimal data and model to solve the Fantasy Football problem of interest, "Which players should I draft?"

Speaker Bio:
Ben Fowler is a Data Scientist in the Automation & Innovation group of JM Family Enterprises. JM Family Enterprises has consistently been ranked in the Fortune Top 100 Companies to Work For, coming in at #19 in the 2019 list. They have open data science positions, so if you are interested, come talk with Ben.

Event Details:
Doors at 6:30 for pizza, drinks, and networking. Talk will begin around 7:15. I would recommend parking in the Evernia Street Public Parking Garage.