How do I encode categorical features using scikit-learn?


In order to include categorical features in your Machine Learning model, you have to encode them numerically using "dummy" or "one-hot" encoding. But how do you do this correctly using scikit-learn? In this video, you'll learn how to use OneHotEncoder and ColumnTransformer to encode your categorical features and prepare your feature matrix in a single step. You'll also learn how to include this step within a Pipeline so that you can cross-validate your model and preprocessing steps simultaneously. Finally, you'll learn why you should use scikit-learn (rather than pandas) for preprocessing your dataset.

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