Titanic Survival Classification w/ XGBoost

Summary: It's been alittle over three years since I attempted my first ML project of classifying survival of the titanic.. A pretty famous dataset and task for this field I'd say. I achieved a accuracy of around 75% in my first attempt at this (I believe with a random forest model). I though it would be nice to revisit this and give it another go now that I'm a little more experienced. Additionally, I've wanted to explore ensemble learned some more, particularly XGBoost. Let's dive in!

Practice at Dimensionality Reduction with SKlearn

I found some free time and thought I'd finally get some more practice at dimensionality reduction. With this goal in mind, I went onto Kaggle and found a competition(Estimate house prices) which looked appropriate to practice these skill with. Throughout this post I walk through the steps I took from cleaning and standardizing the data, to finally performing PCA and fitting a simple linear regression to the top five most influential eigenvectors! Not the most accurate regression ever, but great practice and surprisingly efficient given it drops 81 variables into only 5.

2018 March Madness Bracket Predictor (part III)

Part three of my attempt to predict NCAA tourney results based on past game data. As cleaning and var creation is out of the way now, this segment will focus on fitting the data to different classifiers in scikit-lelarn and tweaking parameters to determine a classification model with the best prediction power.

Predicting Enron Fraud

Testing and evaluating numerous machine learning techniques to determine best option for predicting fruad occurances in Enron email dataset. The most efficient predictor ended up being an Adaboost algorithm with 50 n_estimators. This method using decision tree as a 'weak learner' came out with about 85% accuracy, p-value of 39, and an r-squared of around 32. Originally conducted for Udacity Nanodegree project.