Alfie Mellor

Alfie Mellor


Learn how to be a ML Hero using AutoML

Automated ML is an emerging field in Machine Learning that helps data scientists to improve their productivity while also helping developers with little data science knowledge to build Machine Learning models and solutions without understanding the complexity of training algorithm selection, configuration, and hyperparameter tuning. With Azure Machine Learning’s capabilities, given a dataset and a few configuration parameters such as the ML problem you want to solve, you will get a trained high quality machine learning model that you can use for making predictions.

In this session, you will learn how to use Automated ML (with the SDK and the UI) while identifying the best approaches and tools to use depending on your scenario.

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Ray  Patel

Ray Patel


Python Packages in SQL Server – Get Started with SQL Server Machine Learning Services


When installing Machine Learning Services in SQL Server by default few Python Packages are installed. In this article, we will have a look on how to get those installed python package information.

Python Packages

When we choose Python as Machine Learning Service during installation, the following packages are installed in SQL Server,

  • revoscalepy – This Microsoft Python package is used for remote compute contexts, streaming, parallel execution of rx functions for data import and transformation, modeling, visualization, and analysis.
  • microsoftml – This is another Microsoft Python package which adds machine learning algorithms in Python.
  • Anaconda 4.2 – Anaconda is an opensource Python package

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Obie  Rowe

Obie Rowe


How To Get Started With Machine Learning With The Right Mindset

You got intrigued by the machine learning world and wanted to get started as soon as possible, read all the articles, watched all the videos, but still isn’t sure about where to start, welcome to the club.

Before we dive into the machine learning world, you should take a step back and think, what is stopping you from getting started? If you think about it, most of the time, we presuppose things about ourselves and assume that to be true without question.

The most normal presumption that we make about ourselves is that we need to have prior knowledge before getting started. Get a degree, complete a course, or have a good understanding of a particular subject.

The truth is that most of the time, this is a lie, the prior knowledge you think you need is most of the time not required or is so big that even experts from the field don’t fully understand it. The Seek of this prior knowledge is a trap that will make you run in circles, which leads us to the next presumption.

The perfect condition, you can’t wait for the ideal environment or situation to get started, things will never be 100% ready, try and fail, then try again. It takes a lot of time to get good at machine learning; you won’t learn all at once and especially at the beginning.

Instead of trying to acknowledge everything before getting started, do a little bit every day; you can make significant progress by creating small things every day for a considerable amount of time. The perfect condition will never exist, do it in your path, be consistent with it, and the results will come.

After you start making little progress every day, you probably will end up having a struggle with something or failing to achieve your goal at a certain point. This feeling is tough; it’s hard to see yourself not making any progress, not having any sense of gratification, and then still not give up.

Machine learning is hard, it might take you a few weeks, months or even years to see progress in a certain point but isn’t any harder than any other technical skill, it requires repetition and dedication to get where you want, you need to test it, make a mistake and learn from i

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What is Machine learning and Why is it Important?

Machine learning is quite an exciting field to study and rightly so. It is all around us in this modern world. From Facebook’s feed to Google Maps for navigation, machine learning finds its application in almost every aspect of our lives.

It is quite frightening and interesting to think of how our lives would have been without the use of machine learning. That is why it becomes quite important to understand what is machine learning, its applications and importance.

To help you understand this topic I will give answers to some relevant questions about machine learning.

But before we answer these questions, it is important to first know about the history of machine learning.

A Brief History of Machine Learning

You might think that machine learning is a relatively new topic, but no, the concept of machine learning came into the picture in 1950, when Alan Turing (Yes, the one from Imitation Game) published a paper answering the question “Can machines think?”.

In 1957, Frank Rosenblatt designed the first neural network for computers, which is now commonly called the Perceptron Model.

In 1959, Bernard Widrow and Marcian Hoff created two neural network models called Adeline, that could detect binary patterns and Madeline, that could eliminate echo on phone lines.

In 1967, the Nearest Neighbor Algorithm was written that allowed computers to use very basic pattern recognition.

Gerald DeJonge in 1981 introduced the concept of explanation-based learning, in which a computer analyses data and creates a general rule to discard unimportant information.

During the 1990s, work on machine learning shifted from a knowledge-driven approach to a more data-driven approach. During this period, scientists began creating programs for computers to analyse large amounts of data and draw conclusions or “learn” from the results. Which finally overtime after several developments formulated into the modern age of machine learning.

Now that we know about the origin and history of ml, let us start by answering a simple question - What is Machine Learning?

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Hollie  Ratke

Hollie Ratke


ML Optimization pt.1 - Gradient Descent with Python

So far in our journey through the Machine Learning universe, we covered several big topics. We investigated some regression algorithms, classification algorithms and algorithms that can be used for both types of problems (SVM**, **Decision Trees and Random Forest). Apart from that, we dipped our toes in unsupervised learning, saw how we can use this type of learning for clustering and learned about several clustering techniques.

We also talked about how to quantify machine learning model performance and how to improve it with regularization. In all these articles, we used Python for “from the scratch” implementations and libraries like TensorFlowPytorch and SciKit Learn. The word optimization popped out more than once in these articles, so in this and next article, we focus on optimization techniques which are an important part of the machine learning process.

In general, every machine learning algorithm is composed of three integral parts:

  1. loss function.
  2. Optimization criteria based on the loss function, like a cost function.
  3. Optimization technique – this process leverages training data to find a solution for optimization criteria (cost function).

As you were able to see in previous articles, some algorithms were created intuitively and didn’t have optimization criteria in mind. In fact, mathematical explanations of why and how these algorithms work were done later. Some of these algorithms are Decision Trees and kNN. Other algorithms, which were developed later had this thing in mind beforehand. SVMis one example.

During the training, we change the parameters of our machine learning model to try and minimize the loss function. However, the question of how do you change those parameters arises. Also, by how much should we change them during training and when. To answer all these questions we use optimizers. They put all different parts of the machine learning algorithm together. So far we mentioned Gradient Decent as an optimization technique, but we haven’t explored it in more detail. In this article, we focus on that and we cover the grandfather of all optimization techniques and its variation. Note that these techniques are not machine learning algorithms. They are solvers of minimization problems in which the function to minimize has a gradient in most points of its domain.

Dataset & Prerequisites

Data that we use in this article is the famous Boston Housing Dataset . This dataset is composed 14 features and contains information collected by the U.S Census Service concerning housing in the area of Boston Mass. It is a small dataset  with only 506 samples.

For the purpose of this article, make sure that you have installed the following _Python _libraries:

  • **NumPy **– Follow this guide if you need help with installation.
  • **SciKit Learn **– Follow this guide if you need help with installation.
  • Pandas – Follow this guide if you need help with installation.

Once installed make sure that you have imported all the necessary modules that are used in this tutorial.

import pandas as pd
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

from sklearn.model_selection import train_test_split
from sklearn.metrics import mean_squared_error
from sklearn.preprocessing import StandardScaler
from sklearn.linear_model import SGDRegressor

Apart from that, it would be good to be at least familiar with the basics of linear algebracalculus and probability.

Why do we use Optimizers?

Note that we also use simple Linear Regression in all examples. Due to the fact that we explore optimizationtechniques, we picked the easiest machine learning algorithm. You can see more details about Linear regression here. As a quick reminder the formula for linear regression goes like this:

where w and b are parameters of the machine learning algorithm. The entire point of the training process is to set the correct values to the w and b, so we get the desired output from the machine learning model. This means that we are trying to make the value of our error vector as small as possible, i.e. to find a global minimum of the cost function.

One way of solving this problem is to use calculus. We could compute derivatives and then use them to find places where is an extrema of the cost function. However, the cost function is not a function of one or a few variables; it is a function of all parameters of a machine learning algorithm, so these calculations will quickly grow into a monster. That is why we use these optimizers.

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Jackson  Crist

Jackson Crist


Measuring Crop Health Using Deep Learning – Notes From Tiger Analytics

Agrochemical companies manufacture a range of offerings for yield maximisation, pest resistance, hardiness, water quality and availability and other challenges facing farmers. These companies need to measure the efficacy of their products in real-world conditions, not just controlled experimental environments. Single-crop farms are divided into plots and a specific intervention performed in each. For example, hybrid seeds are sown in one plot while another is treated with fertilisers, and so on. The relative performance of each treatment is assessed by tracking the plants’ health in the plot where that treatment was administered.

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