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Introduction to machine learning with scikit-learn

This video series will teach you how to solve machine learning problems using Python's popular scikit-learn library. It was featured on Kaggle's blog in 2015.

There are 9 video tutorials totaling 4 hours, each with a corresponding Jupyter notebook. The notebook contains everything you see in the video: code, output, images, and comments.

Note: The notebooks in this repository have been updated to use Python 3.6 and scikit-learn 0.19.1. The original notebooks (shown in the video) used Python 2.7 and scikit-learn 0.16, and can be downloaded from the archive branch. You can read about how I updated the code in this blog post.

You can watch the entire series on YouTube, and view all of the notebooks using nbviewer.

Watch the first tutorial video

Once you complete this video series, I recommend enrolling in my online course, Machine Learning with Text in Python, to gain a deeper understanding of scikit-learn and Natural Language Processing.

Table of Contents

  1. What is machine learning, and how does it work? (video, notebook, blog post)

    • What is machine learning?
    • What are the two main categories of machine learning?
    • What are some examples of machine learning?
    • How does machine learning "work"?
  2. Setting up Python for machine learning: scikit-learn and Jupyter Notebook (video, notebook, blog post)

    • What are the benefits and drawbacks of scikit-learn?
    • How do I install scikit-learn?
    • How do I use the Jupyter Notebook?
    • What are some good resources for learning Python?
  3. Getting started in scikit-learn with the famous iris dataset (video, notebook, blog post)

    • What is the famous iris dataset, and how does it relate to machine learning?
    • How do we load the iris dataset into scikit-learn?
    • How do we describe a dataset using machine learning terminology?
    • What are scikit-learn's four key requirements for working with data?
  4. Training a machine learning model with scikit-learn (video, notebook, blog post)

    • What is the K-nearest neighbors classification model?
    • What are the four steps for model training and prediction in scikit-learn?
    • How can I apply this pattern to other machine learning models?
  5. Comparing machine learning models in scikit-learn (video, notebook, blog post)

    • How do I choose which model to use for my supervised learning task?
    • How do I choose the best tuning parameters for that model?
    • How do I estimate the likely performance of my model on out-of-sample data?
  6. Data science pipeline: pandas, seaborn, scikit-learn (video, notebook, blog post)

    • How do I use the pandas library to read data into Python?
    • How do I use the seaborn library to visualize data?
    • What is linear regression, and how does it work?
    • How do I train and interpret a linear regression model in scikit-learn?
    • What are some evaluation metrics for regression problems?
    • How do I choose which features to include in my model?
  7. Cross-validation for parameter tuning, model selection, and feature selection (video, notebook, blog post)

    • What is the drawback of using the train/test split procedure for model evaluation?
    • How does K-fold cross-validation overcome this limitation?
    • How can cross-validation be used for selecting tuning parameters, choosing between models, and selecting features?
    • What are some possible improvements to cross-validation?
  8. Efficiently searching for optimal tuning parameters (video, notebook, blog post)

    • How can K-fold cross-validation be used to search for an optimal tuning parameter?
    • How can this process be made more efficient?
    • How do you search for multiple tuning parameters at once?
    • What do you do with those tuning parameters before making real predictions?
    • How can the computational expense of this process be reduced?
  9. Evaluating a classification model (video, notebook, blog post)

    • What is the purpose of model evaluation, and what are some common evaluation procedures?
    • What is the usage of classification accuracy, and what are its limitations?
    • How does a confusion matrix describe the performance of a classifier?
    • What metrics can be computed from a confusion matrix?
    • How can you adjust classifier performance by changing the classification threshold?
    • What is the purpose of an ROC curve?
    • How does Area Under the Curve (AUC) differ from classification accuracy?

Bonus Video

At the PyCon 2016 conference, I taught a 3-hour tutorial that builds upon this video series and focuses on text-based data. You can watch the tutorial video on YouTube.

Here are the topics I covered:

  1. Model building in scikit-learn (refresher)
  2. Representing text as numerical data
  3. Reading a text-based dataset into pandas
  4. Vectorizing our dataset
  5. Building and evaluating a model
  6. Comparing models
  7. Examining a model for further insight
  8. Practicing this workflow on another dataset
  9. Tuning the vectorizer (discussion)

Visit this GitHub repository to access the tutorial notebooks and many other recommended resources.