NumPy, short for Numerical Python is a library for scientific computing in Python. As the name suggests, it provides a host of tools to conduct mathematical and numerical routines. One amongst these high-performing tools is the NumPy array. This multidimensional array object is a powerful data structure for efficient computation on vectors and matrices. In this article, we will explore these arrays and their power-packed functionalities.
You are encouraged to follow along with the tutorial and play around with NumPy, trying various things and making sure you're getting the hang of it. Let's get started!
Linear Algebra: Vectors, Matrices and their properties (Quick Review)
Large datasets are often comprised of hundreds to millions of individual data items. It is easier to work with this data and operate on it when it is represented in the form of vectors and matrices. Linear algebra is a branch of mathematics that deals with vectors and operations on vectors. Linear algebra is thus an important prerequisite for machine learning and data processing algorithms.
This tutorial covers the basics of vectors and matrices, as well as the concepts that are required for data science and machine learning. It also introduces you terminology, such as "dot product", "trace of a matrix", etc.
Vectors and their properties
What is a Vector?
Vectors can be thought of as an array of numbers whe...
Introduction to Data Visualization with Matplotlib (follow along)
Matplotlib is the most popular Python package for data visualization. It provides a quick way to visualize data from Python and create publication-quality figures in various different formats. Matplotlib is a multi-platform data visualization library built on NumPy arrays. This allows it to work with the broader SciPy stack.
In this article, we are going to explore matplotlib in interactive mode covering 7 basic cases. You are encouraged to follow along with the tutorial and play around with Matplotlib, trying various things and making sure you're getting the hang of it. Let's get started!
Matplotlib, Pyplot and IPython Shell
Just as we use the np shorthand for NumPy and the pd...
If real world data-sets contain numeric, texts, alpha-numeric, time-stamps, and various other unstructured data types, then how does one store, retrieve and easily manipulate these multidimensional data-sets? The answer is a data science library like Pandas! Pandas is a powerful data analysis toolkit with high-performance and easy-to-use data structures. Unlike Excel and SQL, it carries a host of useful tools, methods and other functionalities that set it apart when it comes to row-wise and column-wise data manipulations. We will visit these functionalities in this tutorial.
Let's say you're working on a cool image processing project and your goal is to build an algorithm that analyzes faces for emotions. It takes in a 256 pixel by 256 pixel grayscale image as its input and spits out an emotion as an answer. For example, if you passed in the following image, you'd expect the algorithm to label it as "happy."
A greyscale input image of a happy man
Now this is all well and good, but before we're sati...
K-means clustering is an algorithm to perform clustering. It is simple to understand and implement, and hence is often the first algorithm to be tried out when performing clustering.
The idea behind clustering is to segregate the data into groups called clusters, so that instances with similar behavior are classified in the same cluster. It is used in data mining, pattern recognition and anomaly detection.
K-means clustering is also one of the most popular methods in unsupervised learning. Unsupervised learning is a set of techniques to identify patterns and underlying characteristics in data.
K-means clustering partitions the dataset into k clu...
Logistic Regression is a variant of linear regression where dependent or output variable is categorical, i.e. it takes out of a few possible discrete values. Don't be confused by the name logistic regression, it's a classification algorithm.
In particular, we can use it for binary classification (two categories). For example, we might want to predict whether or not a person has diabetes, or whether or not an email is spam.
The logistic (or sigmoid) function
The term logistic in logistic regression comes from the logistic function (also known as sigmoid function), which can be written as: