Chapter 12. Beyond the Essentials

In this chapter, we will be discussing some of the more complicated parts of data science that can put some people off. The reason for this is that data science is not all fun and machine learning. Sometimes, we have to discuss and consider theoretical and mathematical paradigms and evaluate our procedures.

This chapter will explore many of these procedures step by step so that we completely and totally understand the topics. We will be discussing topics such as the following:

  • Cross-validation
  • The bias/variance tradeoff
  • Overfitting and underfitting
  • Ensembling techniques
  • Random forests
  • Neural networks

These are only some of the topics to be covered. At no point do I want you to be confused. I will attempt to explain each ...

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