Nov 2nd, 2017

Full Council Meeting, October 4, 2017

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Introduction to Data Mining Algorithms, and their Evolution Over Time

Abstract: In the 80’s, Expert Systems were hot. The Expert System rule bases reached scaling challenges, and challenges with experts, based on different experience, would cause conflicting rules. Early use of the phrase “machine learning” was for decision trees as software algorithms were used to “learn rules” in a tree form.

Greg Makowski covered the history of Machine Learning and modern algorithms. Greg will presented an understanding of Algorithms at a graphical and intuitive level through examples, such as regression, neural nets, and decision trees.

About Greg Makowski (Bio)

Greg has been deploying data mining since 1992, over the last 25 years, and has lived through various changes over time. He has had a number of consulting or product prototyping and architecture roles over the years, most recently working in financial services, fraud, web behavior and natural language processing (NLP). From a hands-on perspective, he has been using R mostly in the last 5 years and is starting to work with Python.