Dimensionality Reduction in Python

Learn to reduce dimensionality in Python.
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High-dimensional datasets can be overwhelming and leave you not knowing where to start. Typically, you’d visually explore a new dataset first, but when you have too many dimensions the classical approaches will seem insufficient. Fortunately, there are visualization techniques designed specifically for high dimensional data and you’ll be introduced to these in this course. After exploring the data, you’ll often find that many features hold little information because they don’t show any variance or because they are duplicates of other features. You’ll learn how to detect these features and drop them from the dataset so that you can focus on the informative ones. In a next step, you might want to build a model on these features, and it may turn out that some don’t have any effect on the thing you’re trying to predict. You’ll learn how to detect and drop these irrelevant features too, in order to reduce dimensionality and thus complexity. Finally, you’ll learn how feature extraction techniques can reduce dimensionality for you through the calculation of uncorrelated principal components.

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    Exploring high dimensional data

    You'll be introduced to the concept of dimensionality reduction and will learn when an why this is important. You'll learn the difference between feature selection and feature extraction and will apply both techniques for data exploration. The chapter ends with a lesson on t-SNE, a powerful feature extraction technique that will allow you to visualize a high-dimensional dataset.
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    Feature selection I, selecting for feature information

    In this first out of two chapters on feature selection, you'll learn about the curse of dimensionality and how dimensionality reduction can help you overcome it. You'll be introduced to a number of techniques to detect and remove features that bring little added value to the dataset. Either because they have little variance, too many missing values, or because they are strongly correlated to other features.
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    Feature selection II, selecting for model accuracy

    In this second chapter on feature selection, you'll learn how to let models help you find the most important features in a dataset for predicting a particular target feature. In the final lesson of this chapter, you'll combine the advice of multiple, different, models to decide on which features are worth keeping.
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    Feature extraction

    This chapter is a deep-dive on the most frequently used dimensionality reduction algorithm, Principal Component Analysis (PCA). You'll build intuition on how and why this algorithm is so powerful and will apply it both for data exploration and data pre-processing in a modeling pipeline. You'll end with a cool image compression use case.
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Jeroen Boeye

Machine Learning Engineer @ Faktion
Jeroen is a machine learning engineer working at Faktion, an AI company from Belgium. He uses both R and Python for his analyses and has a PhD background in computational biology. His experience mostly lies in working with structured data, produced by sensors or digital processes.
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Aleksandra Vercauteren

Senior Data Scientist - Head of NLP @ Faktion
After 6 years as a researcher in Theoretical Linguistics, I decided to radically change careers and became a data scientist. I did not let go of my linguistic background and specialised in Natural Language Processing. Currently I am the head of NLP at Faktion, a leading Belgian NLP company. I love making sense of unstructured data and building solid solutions for automatic language processing.
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