There are many opportunities in applying machine learning (ML), whether as an individual developer or in a business. But how do you get started? Alex begins with an overview that separates fact from fiction before sharing processes to find opportunities for applying ML. This includes understanding where ML can have the biggest impact while avoiding common pitfalls. You’ll discover why improvements in processes can significantly outweigh algorithmic improvements as you examine data collection and quality, definitions used (e.g, for labeling), metrics, objective functions, overfitting, and the cost of different types of errors, among others. You’ll leave with a better grasp of applying ML in real-world scenarios, including selecting specific algorithms for different tasks.
Alejandro (Alex) Jaimes is head of R&D at DigitalOcean and advisory CTO and chief scientist at Acesio. His work focuses on machine learning, mixing qualitative and quantitative methods to gain insights on user behavior for product innovation. Alex is a scientist and innovator with 15+ years of international experience in research leading to product impact at companies including Yahoo, KAIST, Telefónica, IDIAP-EPFL, Fuji Xerox, IBM, Siemens, and AT&T Bell Labs. Previously, Alex was CTO at AiCure and director of research and video products at Yahoo, where he managed teams of scientists and engineers in New York City, Sunnyvale, Bangalore, and Barcelona. He was also a visiting professor at KAIST. He has published widely in top-tier conferences (KDD, WWW, RecSys, CVPR, ACM Multimedia, etc.) and is a frequent speaker at international academic and industry events. He holds a PhD from Columbia University.
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