Successfully Evaluating Predictive Modelling (edX)

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Successfully Evaluating Predictive Modelling (edX)
Gain an in-depth understanding of evaluation and sampling approaches for effective predictive modelling using Python. A predictive exercise is not finished when a model is built. This course will equip you with essential skills for understanding performance evaluation metrics, using Python, to determine whether a model is performing adequately.

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Specifically, you will learn:

- Appropriate measures that are used to evaluate predictive models

- Procedures that are used to ensure that models do not cheat through, for example, overfitting or predicting incorrect distributions

- The ways that different model evaluation criteria illustrate how one model excels over another and how to identify when to use certain criteria

This is the foundation of optimising successful predictive models. The concepts will be brought together in a comprehensive case study that deals with customer churn. You will be tasked with selecting suitable variables to predict whether a customer will leave a telecommunications provider by looking into their behaviour, creating various models, and benchmarking them by using the appropriate evaluation criteria.

This course is part of the Predictive Analytics using Python MicroMasters® Program.


What you'll learn

In this course, you will:

- Analyse the accuracy and quality of a predictive model

- Implement effective measures and strategies to measure models

- Evaluate datasets to determine appropriateness and strength of techniques

- Understand the techniques used in recommender systems


Syllabus


Week 1: Evaluation Metrics and Feature Selection

Week 2: Feature Selection and Correlation Analysis

Week 3: Feature Selection with Decomposition Techniques

Week 4: Sampling Techniques

Week 5: Resampling Techniques

Week 6: Case Study


Prerequisites

You should be familiar with an undergraduate level, or have a background, in mathematics and statistics. Previous experience with a procedural programming language is beneficial (e.g. Python, C, Java, Visual Basic).

Learners pursuing the MicroMasters programme are strongly recommended to complete PA1.1x Introduction to Predictive Analytics using Python on the verified track prior to undertaking this course.



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