Self Driven Data Science – Issue #8

Here’s this weeks lineup of data-driven articles, stories, and resources delivered faithfully to your inbox for you to consume. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe!


The Data Science Behind Binge Buying and the Hot Hand Effect

Great walkthrough and implementation shown in the context of CLV modeling that allows industries to identify customers who are “bingers”. The definition of what constitutes a binging behavior may vary depending on the context, but it’s generally characterized by periods of unusually high consumption/use followed by more normal episodes of consumption/use.


A Practical Guide to Tree-Based Learning Algorithms

Great tutorial and examples for understanding and implementing decision tree-based algorithms. Dive into the underlying algorithms and advantages/disadvantages of decision trees in Python. Also goes into various concepts like Bootstrap Aggregating or Bagging, and Random Forests.


37 Reasons why your Neural Network is not working

A network might not be training for a number of reasons. Over the course of many debugging sessions, you may often find yourself doing the same checks. Here’s a concise list of common mistakes and errors to be on the lookout for.

Learning Machine Learning and NLP from 187 Quora Questions

Quora has become a great resource for machine learning. Many top researchers are active on the site answering questions on a regular basis. Take advantage of this with a user-friendly curated list of everything on Quora that deserves your attention.

Mariano Sigman: Your words may predict your future mental health

Can the way you speak and write today predict your future mental state, even the onset of psychosis? In this fascinating talk, neuroscientist Mariano Sigman reflects on ancient Greece and the origins of introspection to investigate how our words hint at our inner lives and details a word-mapping algorithm that could predict the development of schizophrenia.

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