Machine Learning Meetup Notes:2011-4-13

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**Guy used random forests to win HIV competition. Word "random forests" is trademarked. Dude taught himself machine learning from watching youtube videos. Random forests are pretty robust to new data.
 
**Guy used random forests to win HIV competition. Word "random forests" is trademarked. Dude taught himself machine learning from watching youtube videos. Random forests are pretty robust to new data.
 
***Used [http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/caret/ caret] package in R to deal with random forests.
 
***Used [http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/caret/ caret] package in R to deal with random forests.
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**Kaggle splits test dataset into two, uses half for leaderboard.
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**Often distance between winning model and second place is not statistically significant. So they award prizes to top few. Might impose restrictions on execution time of model.

Revision as of 20:06, 13 April 2011

Anthony Goldbloom from Kaggle Visits

  • Heritage Health Competition
    • Guy used random forests to win HIV competition. Word "random forests" is trademarked. Dude taught himself machine learning from watching youtube videos. Random forests are pretty robust to new data.
      • Used caret package in R to deal with random forests.
    • Kaggle splits test dataset into two, uses half for leaderboard.
    • Often distance between winning model and second place is not statistically significant. So they award prizes to top few. Might impose restrictions on execution time of model.
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