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Many developers (including myself) have included learning machine learning in their new year resolutions for 2018. Even after blocking an hour everyday in the calendar, I am hardly able to make progress. The key reason for this is the confusion on where to start and how to get started. It is overwhelming for an average developer to get started with machine learning.
This course is not part of my deep learning series, so it doesn't contain any hard math - just straight up coding in Python. This course is not part of my deep learning series, so there are no mathematical prerequisites - just straight up coding in Python. You'll start by preparing your environment for NLP and then quickly learn about language structure and how we can break sentences down to extract information and uncover the underlying meaning.
Then read Michael J. Garbade's Understanding K-means Clustering in Machine Learning and implement k-means for yourself. Then take a look at Gabriel Pierobon's DBSCAN clustering for data shapes k-means can't handle well (in Python) to implement a density-based clustering model. Now that we have sampled around, let's switch gears back to classification and check out a more complex algorithm.