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Coding Regression trees in 150 lines of R code

André Bleier Blog, Data Science

Motivation There are dozens of machine learning algorithms out there. It is impossible to learn all their mechanics, however, many algorithms sprout from the most established algorithms, e.g. ordinary least squares, gradient boosting, support vector machines, tree-based algorithms and neural networks. At STATWORX we discuss algorithms daily to evaluate their usefulness for a specific project. In any case, understanding these …

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Coding Gradient boosted machines in 100 lines of R code

André Bleier Blog, Data Science

Motivation There are dozens of machine learning algorithms out there. It is impossible to learn all their mechanics, however, many algorithms sprout from the most established algorithms, e.g. ordinary least squares, gradient boosting, support vector machines, tree-based algorithms and neural networks. At STATWORX we discuss algorithms daily to evaluate their usefulness for a specific project or problem. In any case, …

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Using Machine Learning for Causal Inference

Markus Berroth Blog, Data Science

Machine Learning (ML) is still an underdog in the field of economics. However, it gets more and more recognition in the recent years. One reason for being an underdog is, that in economics and other social sciences one is not only interested in predicting but also in making causal inference. Thus many "off-the-shelf" ML algorithms are solving a fundamentally different …