# Machine Learning Study Group – Week 2 & 3 Recap

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So this is another recap from our study group covering the Andrew NG course on Coursera. Lets start by a quick summary from the two weeks. Week 1 was all about introduction to linear regression and gradient descent. There were no assignments due. Week 3 was all about multi-variate linear regression, normalization and a few other topics. There was a coding assignment as well as a quiz due for week 2.

# Feature Scaling & Machine Learning

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If you are practicing machine learning, you are likely going to run into this at some point.  Basically the reason we use feature scaling is to help our algorithms train faster and better.  Lets begin by taking a standard theta optimization equation to help better understand the problem.
$\theta_j = \theta_j - \alpha \cdot \frac{ \sum_i^m \left(H_{\theta}\left(x\right) - y\right) \cdot x_j } { m }$

# Linear Regression from Scratch using Linear Algebra

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So I wrote an article earlier “Linear Regression From Scratch”.  Many folks have pointed out that this is in fact not the optimal approach.  Now being the perfectionist I decided to re-implement.  Not to mention it works great in my own libraries.  The following article discussing converting the original code into code that uses linear algebra.  Beyond this, it still works in PCL for xamarin,  Hoo-Rah Xamarin!

# R Jump Start – Beautiful Data Visualizations

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This is a video tutorial for building beautiful data visualizations in R.  You will learn about what Data Viz is, basic charting libraries and finally a full walk through for how I built the Miami Jail Interactive graphic you see in this article.

Part 1: Introduction to Microsoft R Open.

Part 2: Introduction to R Data Structures

Part 3: Data Manipulation with R

Part 4: Beautiful Visualizations with R

# Battle of the Programming Languages

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1. This is an excerpt from a paper I wrote for internal use of my own volition.  As this is the case, I was able to remove all confidential information and publish my findings.
2. I only analyzed F#, C#, R and Python.  I know there are more, but I picked the top dogs, but F# had some special circumstances that I felt it belonged.

# Machine Learning Study Group Recap – Week 1

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So many of you who are here are probably part of the study group.  For those who are not or are perhaps referencing this at a later time, this is in regards to the following course on Coursera. If you would like to join our study group, please see one of the following meetup pages: Fort Lauderdale Machine Learning or Florida Dot Net.

Here in South Florida we have a strong Machine Learning and Data Science community and therefor it is easy to get a study group together.  This article is a recap from the first meeting of our study group.  Note that this first meeting is the week before the class started.  Therefor this article is a great introduction to machine learning, languages, commitments and more generally applicable questions and concerns.

# Linear Regression from Scratch

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So today we will do a quick conversion from mathematical notations of Algebra into a real algorithm that can be executed.  Note we will not be covering gradient descent, but rather only cost functions, errors and execution of these to provide the framework for gradient descent.  Gradient descent has so many flavors that it deserves its own article.

So to the mathematical representation.

# Miami’s top 10 Jail Bookings

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So I’ve been working on building some interesting visualizations with open data.  Today I get to show off a really interesting one, not only will we discuss the visualization in depth, but also dive into how I built it.  And here it is, the top 10 bookings in Miami where the legend is in descending order for most common bookings holistically.

# How to work at Microsoft as a Student

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This is a question that comes up frequently. How do I get an internship, a job or anything at Microsoft as a student? Well there is a great program, the Microsoft Student Partner program. This is the foot in the door position. Students who do well here are more likely to get a full time job at Microsoft, but also anywhere. I have students who have started their own companies, work at Google, Lockheed Martin as well as Microsoft among several others. It is fairly easy to get into, but once you get in, you better work and treat it like a full time job. You can apply here: www.aka.ms/applyMSP2016

Now beyond this, I have some notes on my experience being a mentor for this program for 2 years.

# Intro to Data Manipulation with R

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Here is a recorded version of an in-person training I have been doing.  Enjoy.  I end up coming back to this myself even for reference.

This episode is all about performing data manipulation to derive raw insights from your data using the R programming language.  Data manipulation is the core to anything and everything you do in business intelligence and machine learning.  This episode sets the base for all R based intelligence sessions from here on out.

Part 1: Introduction to Microsoft R Open.

Part 2: Introduction to R Data Structures

Part 3: Data Manipulation with R

Part 4: Beautiful Visualizations with R