Getting a dataset for machine learning

While R has a built-in dataset, the sample size and field of application is limited. Apart from generating data within a simulation, another approach is to obtain data from external data repositories. A famous data repository is the UCI machine learning repository, which contains both artificial and real datasets. This recipe introduces how to get a sample dataset from the UCI machine learning repository.

Getting ready

Ensure that you have completed the previous recipes by installing R on your operating system.

How to do it...

Perform the following steps to retrieve data for machine learning:

  1. Access the UCI machine learning repository:

    UCI data repository

  2. Click on View ALL Data Sets ...

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