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IndyPy: Machine Learning
PBJ TALK: Will there be a tornado today? Classification with Scikit-Learn By Alyssa Batula There are a lot of datasets available on the internet, but how do you use it for machine learning? We'll briefly go through the main steps needed to create, train, and evaluate classifiers using Scikit-Learn. Using NOAA weather data, we'll train and compare four classifiers to predict if a tornado is likely to occur. RIGHT BRAIN TALK: Data science and predictive policing By George Mohler In this talk we will briefly cover the data science of crime hotspots. We will then discuss some results of field trials of predictive policing in Los Angeles and related privacy and fairness issues. PRO TALK: Machine Learning for Fun: Finding Bigfoot By Guy Royce Bigfoot has been a staple of American folklore since the 19th century. The stories originate from Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest and likely go back centuries or more. The term sasquatch itself is an Anglicized derivative of the Halkomelem word sásq’ets. Many people are convinced that Bigfoot is real. Others suggest that he is a cultural phenomenon. Some just want to believe. There is even a group, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, that tracks Bigfoot sightings. They have data— thousands of reports—available on the Internet. And, where there is data, we can apply the power of machine learning. Let’s get to the bottom of this mystery! We’ll use machine learning to forecast the number of Bigfoot sightings for the coming months and years. We’ll measure the impact of key cultural phenomena—primarily the airing of The X-Files—on Bigfoot sightings. And, we’ll see if we can classify some Bigfoot sightings of our own using natural language processing. Not super-familiar with machine learning? Not a problem. We’ll explore the types of problems above (forecasting, impact analysis, and classification) and I’ll show you how to solve each of them using a little bit of code in assorted languages and the Nexosis API. So, come and get your feet wet (big or small) and begin learning about machine learning. The truth is out there. Agenda: 7:00p - 7:15p Announcements and introductions 7:15p - 7:30p PBJ Session with Alyssa Batula 7:30p - 7:45p Right Brain Talk with George Mohler 7:45p - 8:00p Door Prizes 8:00p - 8:45p Pro Talk Guy Royce

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The Indianapolis Python Meetup (“IndyPy”) is a leading national group promoting the Python programming language and connecting the Python community.

IndyPy draws Python enthusiasts from the entire Midwest for regular events. In 2017, we celebrated
10 years of success with over 1,000 members.

We are learners, employers, and enthusiasts of all kinds. All skill levels are welcome: if you are interested in Python, we are interested in you!

We have great regular events:

Monthly Meetups:

7:00p: Meet, Eat and Greet

7:30p: PBJ™ (Python Beginners’ Jam)
Back to the Basics: 15 minute Python tutorials aimed at beginners.

7:50p: Right Brain™ Talk
Creative topics aimed at developing well rounded Pythonistas.

8:10p: ProTalk™
Advanced Python talks by field experts.

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Quarterly Pythology Mini Conferences:

Day-long conferences (9am-5pm) that feature 5-7 speakers on a specific subject related to Python. Some of the topics we have covered so far include:

- Machine Learning, AI, Genetic Programming

- Web Framework Shootout

- Automating Processes with Python

- Django for Beginners

- Data Science with Python

- Testing & Debugging

- Python for Beginners

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