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3 Ways to Encode Categorical Variables for Deep Learning


Machine learning and deep learning models, like those in Keras, require all input and output variables to be numeric. This means that if your data contains categorical data, you must encode it to numbers before you can fit and evaluate a model. The two most popular techniques are an integer encoding and a one hot encoding, although a newer technique called learned embedding may provide a useful middle ground between these two methods. In this tutorial, you will discover how to encode categorical data when developing neural network models in Keras. How to Encode Categorical Data for Deep Learning in Keras Photo by Ken Dixon, some rights reserved. A categorical variable is a variable whose values take on the value of labels.

Visualizing the relationship between multiple variables


Visualizing the relationship between multiple variables can get messy very quickly. This post is about how the ggpairs() function in the GGally package does this task, as well as my own method for visualizing pairwise relationships when all the variables are categorical. For all the code in this post in one file, click here. The GGally::ggpairs() function does a really good job of visualizing the pairwise relationship for a group of variables. Let's demonstrate this on a small segment of the vehicles dataset from the fueleconomy package: Let's see how GGally::ggpairs() visualizes relationships between quantitative variables: The visualization changes a little when we have a mix of quantitative and categorical variables.


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Simpson's paradox is the phenomenon that a trend of an association in the whole population reverses within the subpopulations defined by a categorical variable. Detecting Simpson's paradox indicates surprising and interesting patterns of the data set for the user. It is generally discussed in terms of binary variables, but studies for the exploration of it for continuous variables are relatively rare. This paper describes a method to discover Simpson's paradox for the trend of the pair of continuous variables. Correlation coefficient is used to indicate the association between a pair of continuous variables.

Proper train and test sets when using ML on a dataset? • /r/MachineLearning


I just completed a take home assessment as part of the interview process for a company. I was told I didn't pass because my answer lacked proper training and test sets The data set consisted of a mix of categorical and numerical predictors, with the dependent variable being a numerical variable. I then removed all rows with NA values and generated boxplots for each predictor. For one variable, I replaced all of its outliers with the median. For some other variables that indicated percentage values, I did not remove the outliers because they did not seem like obvious outliers (for example, the boxplot showed that values greater than .1 were outliers, but all of those outliers still ranged from 0 to 1 so I didn't think they were typos) I then ran a Lasso linear regression model.

Hands-on with Feature Engineering Techniques: Common Issues in Datasets


This article is a part of a series about feature engineering techniques. In machine learning, a dataset can have many features; and among these features, many issues can appear, ranging from missing data to outliers. These concerns need to be addressed before feeding features into a machine learning model. In this post, we'll explore feature characteristics that need to be addressed before building any machine learning model; We'll also learn how to identify these kinds of characteristics and how they can significantly impact machine learning models. Missing data occurs when no data is stored for a particular observation in a variable--so basically, missing data is just what it sounds like, the absence of data.