3 Ways to Encode Categorical Variables for Deep Learning

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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.


How do I encode categorical features using scikit-learn?

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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.


Churn prediction

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Customer churn, also known as customer attrition, occurs when customers stop doing business with a company. The companies are interested in identifying segments of these customers because the price for acquiring a new customer is usually higher than retaining the old one. For example, if Netflix knew a segment of customers who were at risk of churning they could proactively engage them with special offers instead of simply losing them. In this post, we will create a simple customer churn prediction model using Telco Customer Churn dataset. We chose a decision tree to model churned customers, pandas for data crunching and matplotlib for visualizations.


The Hitchhiker's Guide to Feature Extraction

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Good Features are the backbone of any machine learning model. And good feature creation often needs domain knowledge, creativity, and lots of time. TLDR; this post is about useful feature engineering methods and tricks that I have learned and end up using often. Have you read about featuretools yet? If not, then you are going to be delighted.


The Hitchhiker's Guide to Feature Extraction

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Good Features are the backbone of any machine learning model. And good feature creation often needs domain knowledge, creativity, and lots of time. And some other ideas to think about feature creation. TLDR; this post is about useful feature engineering methods and tricks that I have learned and end up using often. Have you read about featuretools yet? If not, then you are going to be delighted.