Visual Diagnostics for Machine Learning with Python

DC Python Meetup
DC Python Meetup
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1440 G St NW

1440 G St NW · Washington, DC

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This event will be held on the 8th floor in WeWork

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Join DC Python for an evening of food, networking, and discussion, followed by a presentation by Rebecca Bilbro, Chief Data Scientist of ICX Media.

6:00 - Doors open. Food & drinks will be served compliments of ICX Media
6:25 - General intro
6:30 – Presentation*
7:15 - Q&A + Social
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Talk Abstract:
Doing machine learning with Python has never been easier. So… why is it still so hard?
Machine learning is a search for the best combination of features, algorithm, and hyperparameters across an infinite search space. It’s rarely a linear process and often fraught with false starts, pivots, and do-overs. While it can be tempting to double down on gridsearch, research and experience alike suggest that human steering allows us to be more strategic in our model selection choices.
In this talk we’ll explore techniques from the open source Python machine learning diagnostics library Scikit-Yellowbrick that can help make machine learning more informed. For data scientists, Yellowbrick helps evaluate the stability and predictive value of machine learning models and improves the speed of the experimental workflow. For data engineers, Yellowbrick provides visual tools for monitoring model performance in real world applications. For users of models, Yellowbrick provides visual interpretation of the behavior of the model in high dimensional feature space. During the talk we’ll explore how visual diagnostic tools like correlation matrices, radial visualizations, manifold embeddings, validation and learning curves, residuals plots, classification heatmaps, and more can provide visceral cues that enable us to identify better models, faster, and at lower cost to our organizations.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Rebecca Bilbro is a data scientist, Python and Go programmer, teacher, speaker, and author in Washington, DC. With a background in research and a focus on applied machine learning, she specializes mostly in NLP and visual diagnostics for machine learning. An active contributor to the OSS community, Rebecca enjoys collaborating with other developers on inclusive projects like Yellowbrick - a pure Python visualization package for machine learning that extends scikit-learn and Matplotlib to support model selection and diagnostics. In her spare time, you’ll find her riding bikes with her family and practicing the ukulele.

About our Sponsors:

ICX Media
ICX Media is revolutionizing the digital media market by enabling data-inspired storytelling; transforming the way video is created, distributed, and monetized. ICX Media’s proprietary smart platform harnesses advanced artificial intelligence and adaptive learning technologies to help brands, media companies and content creators create and share more impactful, engaging videos with data-backed confidence.
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Flatiron School
Flatiron School is committed to helping you learn the skills you need to change your future for the better. They provide the skills, community, and immersive, outcomes-driven curriculum you need to launch a career in Software Engineering, Data Science, or UX/UI Design.
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hatch I.T.
hatch I.T. connects local engineers, startups, investors, and corporate leaders who share a common vision of strengthening the startup & innovation landscape in the DMV region. They specialize in software development, mobile development & product design recruitment for commercial product startups & small businesses in the DMV region.
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