It's never been easier to get started with machine learning. In addition to structured massive open online courses (MOOCs), there are a huge number of incredible, free resources available around the web. Here are a few that have helped me. Familiarity and moderate expertise in at least one high-level programming language is useful for beginners in machine learning. Unless you are a Ph.D. researcher working on a purely theoretical proof of some complex algorithm, you are expected to mostly use the existing machine learning algorithms and apply them in solving novel problems.

It's never been easier to get started with machine learning. In addition to structured MOOCs, there is also a huge number of incredible, free resources available around the web. Familiarity and moderate expertise in at least one high-level programming language is useful for beginners in machine learning. Unless you are a Ph.D. researcher working on a purely theoretical proof of some complex algorithm, you are expected to mostly use the existing machine learning algorithms and apply them in solving novel problems. This requires you to put on a programming hat.

One of the most important factors driving Python's popularity as a statistical modeling language is its widespread use as the language of choice in data science and machine learning. Today, there's a huge demand for data science expertise as more and more businesses apply it within their operations. Python offers the right mix of power, versatility, and support from its community to lead the way. It's worth noting, however, that sound statistical modeling occupies a central role in a data science stack, but some statistical modeling fundamentals often get overlooked, leading to poor analysis and bad decisions. This article covers some of the essential statistical modeling frameworks and methods for Python, which can help us do statistical modeling and probabilistic computation.