Machine Learning for Humans in Cambridge & Peterborough

A Year with Machine Learning

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Machine Learning for Humans in Cambridge & Peterborough

A Year with Machine Learning

Peter Marriott

A year ago I was an interested bystander to the field of Data Science and Machine Learning. From that perspective it seemed that there was a lot of magic involved - the high priests (mathematicians) with pages full of strange symbols and black box code that proclaimed “trust me for the answers”.

With a long experience of coding but without even a Maths A-level to my name neither approach seemed right. I decided that I was going to be an interested bystander no more.

A Journey

Over the last year I have been evaluating machine learning and comparing it with more familiar approaches, not just on canned data sets from the machine learning community, but also for real production applications.

It’s meant learning some maths - but not as much as I had feared - and a whole load of new terminology. But I have learnt that you can teach an old programming dog some new machine learning tricks.

Find out More

I shall be talking about my journey at Cambridge DDD Nights on and at Agile on Tap in Peterborough on . Come along and hear more about the highs and lows of finding out about machine learning.

You can download my slides Machine Learning for Humans. The slides draw from some example code which is available to download from DSIoT Python Sessions on GitHub.