Master Machine Learning Algorithms
Finally Pull Back The Curtain And See How They Work With
Clear Descriptions, Step-By-Step Tutorials and Working Examples in Spreadsheets
You must understand the algorithms to get good (and be recognized as being good) at machine learning.
In this mega Ebook is written in the friendly Machine Learning Mastery style that you’re used to, finally cut through the math and learn exactly how machine learning algorithms work, then implement them from scratch, step-by-step.
Clear Descriptions and Step-By-Step Tutorials
- Ebook with 163 pages in PDF format.
- 10 top algorithms described with clear descriptions.
- 12 step-by-step tutorials with worked examples.
- 16 spreadsheets with working implementations.
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You Learn Best By Implementing Algorithms From Scratch
…But You Need Help With The First Step: The Math
Developers Learn Fast By Trying Things Out…
I’m a developer and I feel like I don’t really understand something until I can implement it from scratch. I need to understand each piece of it in order to understand the whole. The same thing applies to machine learning algorithms.
If you are anything like me, you will not feel comfortable about machine learning algorithms until you can implement them from scratch, step-by-step.
The Math Can Really Slow You Down (…and Sap Your Motivation)
The problem is, machine learning algorithms are not like other algorithms you may have implemented like sorting. They are always described using complex mathematics with a mixture of probability, statistics and linear algebra.
You need to be able to get past the mathematical descriptions in order to implement the algorithms from scratch, but you don’t have the time to spend 3 years studying mathematics to get there.
You Really Need Clear Worked Examples (…step-by-step with real numbers)
Machine learning algorithms would be much easier to understand if someone simplified the math and gave clear worked examples showing how real numbers get plugged into the equations and what numbers to expect as outputs. With clear inputs and outputs we as developers can reproduce and understand the math.
Even better would be to have worked examples that actually perform all of the calculation required to learn a model from a small sample dataset, and all of the calculations required to make predictions from the learned model.
Master Machine Learning Algorithms is for Developers
….with NO Background in Math
…and LOTS of Interest in Machine Learning
Introducing the “Master Machine Learning Algorithms” Ebook. This Ebook was carefully designed to provide a gentle introduction of the procedures to learn models from data and make predictions from data 10 popular and useful supervised machine learning algorithms used for predictive modeling.
Each algorithm includes a one or more step-by-step tutorials explaining exactly how to plug in numbers into each equation and what numbers to expect as output. These tutorials will guide you step-by-step through the processes for creating models from training data and making predictions.
More than that, each tutorial is designed to be completed in a spreadsheet. Spreadsheets are the simplest way to automate calculations and anyone can use a spreadsheet, from beginners, to professional developers to hard core programmers.
If you can understand how a machine learning algorithm works in a spreadsheet then you really know how it works. You can then implement it in any programming language you wish or use your newfound knowledge and understanding to achieve better performance from the algorithms in practice.
Everything You Need To Know About 10 Top Machine Learning Algorithms
You Will Get:
6 Import Background Lessons
11 Clear Algorithm Descriptions
12 Step-By-Step Algorithm Tutorials
This ebook was written around two themes designed to help you understand machine learning algorithms as quickly as possible.
These two parts are Algorithm Descriptions and Algorithm Tutorials:
Algorithm Descriptions: Discover exactly what each algorithm is and generally how it works from a high-level.
Algorithm Tutorials: Climb inside each machine learning algorithm and work through a case study to see how it learns and makes predictions.
1. Algorithm Descriptions
Here is an overview of the linear, nonlinear and ensemble algorithm descriptions:
- Algorithm 1: Gradient Descent.
- Algorithm 2: Linear Regression.
- Algorithm 3: Logistic Regression.
- Algorithm 4: Linear Discriminant Analysis.
- Algorithm 5: Classification and Regression Trees.
- Algorithm 6: Naive Bayes.
- Algorithm 7: K-Nearest Neighbors.
- Algorithm 8: Learning Vector Quantization.
- Algorithm 9: Support Vector Machines.
- Algorithm 10: Bagged Decision Trees and Random Forest.
- Algorithm 11: Boosting and AdaBoost.
2. Algorithm Tutorials
Here is an overview of the step-by-step algorithm tutorials:
- Tutorial 1: Simple Linear Regression using Statistics.
- Tutorial 2: Simple Linear Regression with Gradient Descent.
- Tutorial 3: Logistic Regression with Gradient Descent.
- Tutorial 4: Linear Discriminant Analysis using Statistics.
- Tutorial 5: Classification and Regression Trees with Gini.
- Tutorial 6: Naive Bayes for Categorical Data.
- Tutorial 7: Gaussian Naive Bayes for Real-Valued Data.
- Tutorial 8: K-Nearest Neighbors for Classification.
- Tutorial 9: Learning Vector Quantization for Classification.
- Tutorial 10: Support Vector Machines with Gradient Descent.
- Tutorial 11: Bagged Classification and Regression Trees.
- Tutorial 12: AdaBoost for Classification.
Each tutorial was designed to be completed in about 30 minutes by the average developer.
Here’s Everything You’ll Get In…
Master Machine Learning Algorithms
Algorithm Tutorials and Spreadsheets
A digital download that contains everything you need, including:
- Clear algorithm descriptions that help you to understand the principles that underlie each technique.
- The step-by-step algorithm tutorials show you exactly how each model learns.
- Spreadsheets showing all the examples and calculations from the book, giving you working models to use, learn from and extend.
- Real worked examples so that you can see exactly the numbers in and the numbers out, there’s nowhere for the details to hide.
- Digital Ebook in PDF format so that you can have the book open side-by-side with the spreadsheets and see exactly how each model works.
- The grounding needed to understand algorithm behavior so that you can choose which algorithm to use and diagnose issues.
Important foundation principles for all machine learning algorithms, including:
- The statistical and computer science terms used to describe data, and what they all mean (with pictures).
- The fundamental problem that all machine learning algorithms solve and why it’s important.
- The breakdown of algorithms as parametric and nonparametric and when to use each.
- The important distinction between supervised and unsupervised techniques, and why you should just focus on one.
- The modeling error introduced by bias and variance and how to balance them.
- The poor algorithm performance that caused by overfitting and underfitting, and the techniques to identify and mitigate both.
Resources you need to go deeper, when you need to, including:
- Top machine learning textbooks to deepen your foundation of machine learning algorithms, if you crave more.
- The best forums and question-and-answer websites, places where you can ask your challenging questions and actually get a response.
Linear and Nonlinear Algorithms
Get the most from linear algorithms, the starting point for most projects, including:
- The important functions in Excel, so that there is nothing holding you back from understanding how machine learning algorithms work.
- Tips to get the most out of gradient descent, the core of many algorithms.
- A clever shortcut you can use to greatly simplify linear regression.
- The application of gradient descent to linear and logistic regression for fast and robust learning, and the specific numbers calculated at each step in the process.
- The linear algorithm to use for classifications with more than two classes when logistic regression just won’t do.
Get better performance with more advanced nonlinear algorithms including:
- The procedure for building up a decision tree, and carefully explained cost function you need to know to make it work.
- The Bayes Theorem and the clever simplification that lets you harness the power of probability for predictive modeling.
- The simple little technique that lets you use Bayesian probability on your real-valued data.
- The simple but powerful nearest neighbor method and the problem that can trip you up when you have a lot of data features.
- A clever simplification of nearest neighbors that uses learning rather than “a big dumb database of observations”.
- The simple principle behind the wildly used Support Vector Machines method and how it translates into a real predictive modeling algorithm.
Combine the predictions from many models with ensemble algorithms, including:
- The interesting bootstrap method for estimating quantities and how it can be easily applied as the basis for the Random Forest algorithm, perhaps the most popular machine learning algorithm used today.
- The idea of creating models to fix the mistakes of other models and how this can be scaled up to achieve impressive results.
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BONUS: Machine Learning Algorithm Spreadsheets
…you also get 16 fully working spreadsheets
Each machine learning algorithm tutorial presented in the book is standalone, meaning that you can dive in anywhere and pickup where you left off anytime.
You get 16 Excel spreadsheets, one for each machine learning algorithm tutorial in the book.
This means that you can follow along and compare your answers to a known working implementation of each algorithm in the provided spreadsheets.
This helps a lot to speed up you progress when working through the detail of an algorithm.
About The Author
Hi, I'm Jason Brownlee. I run this site and I wrote and published this book.
I live in Australia with my wife and sons. I love to read books, write tutorials, and develop systems.
I have a computer science and software engineering background as well as Masters and PhD degrees in Artificial Intelligence with a focus on stochastic optimization.
I've written books on algorithms, won and ranked well in competitions, consulted for startups, and spent years in industry. (Yes, I have spend a long time building and maintaining REAL operational systems!)
I get a lot of satisfaction helping developers get started and get really good at applied machine learning.
I teach an unconventional top-down and results-first approach to machine learning where we start by working through tutorials and problems, then later wade into theory as we need it.
I'm here to help if you ever have any questions. I want you to be awesome at machine learning.
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The book “Master Machine Learning Algorithms” is for programmers and non-programmers alike. It teaches you how 10 top machine learning algorithms work, with worked examples in arithmetic, and spreadsheets, not code. The focus is on an understanding on how each model learns and makes predictions.
The book “Machine Learning Algorithms From Scratch” is for programmers that learn by writing code to understand. It provides step-by-step tutorials on how to implement top algorithms as well as how to load data, evaluate models and more. It has less on how the algorithms work, instead focusing exclusively on how to implement each in code.
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- Machine Learning Mastery With Python
- Machine Learning Mastery With R
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- XGBoost With Python
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- Long Short-Term Memory Networks with Python
- Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing
- Deep Learning for Time Series Forecasting
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Generally, I recommend focusing on the process of working through a predictive modeling problem end-to-end:
I have three books that show you how to do this, with three top open source platforms:
- Master Machine Learning With Weka (no programming)
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- Master Machine Learning With Python (pandas and scikit-learn)
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The book “Deep Learning With Python” could be a prerequisite to”Long Short-Term Memory Networks with Python“. It teaches you how to get started with Keras and how to develop your first MLP, CNN and LSTM.
The book “Long Short-Term Memory Networks with Python” goes deep on LSTMs and teaches you how to prepare data, how to develop a suite of different LSTM architectures, parameter tuning, updating models and more.
Both books focus on deep learning in Python using the Keras library.
The book “Long Short-Term Memory Networks in Python” focuses on how to develop a suite of different LSTM networks for sequence prediction, in general.
The book “Deep Learning for Time Series Forecasting” focuses on how to use a suite of different deep learning models (MLPs, CNNs, LSTMs, and hybrids) to address a suite of different time series forecasting problems (univariate, multivariate, multistep and combinations).
The LSTM book teaches LSTMs only and does not focus on time series. The Deep Learning for Time Series book focuses on time series and teaches how to use many different models including LSTMs.
The book “Long Short-Term Memory Networks With Python” focuses on how to implement different types of LSTM models.
The book “Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing” focuses on how to use a variety of different networks (including LSTMs) for text prediction problems.
The LSTM book can support the NLP book, but it is not a prerequisite.
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There are no code examples in “Master Machine Learning Algorithms“, therefore no programming language is used.
Algorithms are described and their working is summarized using basic arithmetic. The algorithm behavior is also demonstrated in excel spreadsheets, that are available with the book.
It is a great book for learning how algorithms work, without getting side-tracked with theory or programming syntax.
If you are interested in learning about machine learning algorithms by coding them from scratch (using the Python programming language), I would recommend a different book:
I write the content for the books (words and code) using a text editor, specifically sublime.
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All of the books have been tested and work with Python 3 (e.g. 3.5 or 3.6).
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Where possible, I recommend using the latest version of Python 3.
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The redirect in the browser and the email will happen immediately after you complete the purchase.
You can download your purchase from either the webpage or the email.
If you cannot find the email, perhaps check other email folders, such as the “spam” folder?
If you have any concerns, contact me and I can resend your purchase receipt email with the download link.
I do test my tutorials and projects on the blog first. It’s like the early access to ideas, and many of them do not make it to my training.
Much of the material in the books appeared in some form on my blog first and is later refined, improved and repackaged into a chapter format. I find this helps greatly with quality and bug fixing.
The books provide a more convenient packaging of the material, including source code, datasets and PDF format. They also include updates for new APIs, new chapters, bug and typo fixing, and direct access to me for all the support and help I can provide.
I believe my books offer thousands of dollars of education for tens of dollars each.
They are months if not years of experience distilled into a few hundred pages of carefully crafted and well-tested tutorials.
I think they are a bargain for professional developers looking to rapidly build skills in applied machine learning or use machine learning on a project.
Also, what are skills in machine learning worth to you? to your next project? and you’re current or next employer?
Nevertheless, the price of my books may appear expensive if you are a student or if you are not used to the high salaries for developers in North America, Australia, UK and similar parts of the world. For that, I am sorry.
I do offer discounts to students, teachers and retirees.
Please contact me to find out more.
I offer a ton of free content on my blog, you can get started with my best free material here:
About my Books
My books are playbooks.
They are intended for developers who want to know how to use a specific library to actually solve problems and deliver value at work.
- My books guide you only through the elements you need to know in order to get results.
- My books are in PDF format and come with code and datasets, specifically designed for you to read and work-through on your computer.
- My books give you direct access to me via email (what other books offer that?)
- My books are a tiny business expense for a professional developer that can be charged to the company and is tax deductible in most regions.
Very few training materials on machine learning are focused on how to get results.
The vast majority are about repeating the same math and theory and ignore the one thing you really care about: how to use the methods on a project.
Comparison to Other Options
Let me provide some context for you on the pricing of the books:
There are free videos on youtube and tutorials on blogs.
- Great, I encourage you to use them, including my own free tutorials.
There are very cheap video courses that teach you one or two tricks with an API.
- My books teach you how to use a library to work through a project end-to-end and deliver value, not just a few tricks
A textbook on machine learning can cost $50 to $100.
- All of my books are cheaper than the average machine learning textbook, and I expect you may be more productive, sooner.
A bootcamp or other in-person training can cost $1000+ dollars and last for days to weeks.
- A bundle of all of my books is far cheaper than this, they allow you to work at your own pace, and the bundle covers more content than the average bootcamp.
Sorry, my books are not available on websites like Amazon.com.
I carefully decided to not put my books on Amazon for a number of reasons:
- Amazon takes 65% of the sale price of self-published books, which would put me out of business.
- Amazon offers very little control over the sales page and shopping cart experience.
- Amazon does not allow me to contact my customers via email and offer direct support and updates.
- Amazon does not allow me to deliver my book to customers as a PDF, the preferred format for my customers to read on the screen.
I hope that helps you understand my rationale.
I am sorry to hear that you’re having difficulty purchasing a book or bundle.
I use Stripe and PayPal services to support secure and encrypted payment processing on my website.
Some common problems when customers have a problem include:
- Perhaps you can double check that your details are correct, just in case of a typo?
- Perhaps you could try a different payment method, such as PayPal or Credit Card?
- Perhaps you’re able to talk to your bank, just in case they blocked the transaction?
I often see customers trying to purchase with a domestic credit card that does not allow international purchases. This is easy to overcome by talking to your bank.
If you’re still having difficulty, please contact me and I can help investigate further.
I give away a lot of content for free. Most of it in fact.
It is important to me to help students and practitioners that are not well off, hence the enormous amount of free content that I provide.
You can access the free content:
I have thought very hard about this and I sell machine learning Ebooks for a few important reasons:
- I use the revenue to support the site and all the non-paying customers.
- I use the revenue to support my family so that I can continue to create content.
- Practitioners that pay for tutorials are far more likely to work through them and learn something.
- I target my books towards working professionals that are more likely to afford the materials.
All updates to the book or books in your purchase are free.
Books are usually updated once every few months to fix bugs, typos and keep abreast of API changes.
Contact me anytime and check if there have been updates. Let me know what version of the book you have (version is listed on the copyright page).
Please contact me anytime with questions about machine learning or the books.
One question at a time please.
Also, each book has a final chapter on getting more help and further reading and points to resources that you can use to get more help.
Yes, the books can help you get a job, but indirectly.
Getting a job is up to you.
It is a matching problem between an organization looking for someone to fill a role and you with your skills and background.
That being said, there are companies that are more interested in the value that you can provide to the business than the degrees that you have. Often, these are smaller companies and start-ups.
You can focus on providing value with machine learning by learning and getting very good at working through predictive modeling problems end-to-end. You can show this skill by developing a machine learning portfolio of completed projects.
My books are specifically designed to help you toward these ends. They teach you exactly how to use open source tools and libraries to get results in a predictive modeling project.