The Rudiments of Machine Learning

The course introduces the main theoretical points underpinning machine learning, some key techniques and their applications to financial problems.


Tech Analysts, S&T Analysts (optionally).

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

• Describe three foundational ML techniques: Regression, clustering, classification
• Explain the train/validate/test approach to dividing up datasets
• Implement and validate a simple model in Python’s Scikit-Learn library
• Discuss applications of ML in finance and potential obstacles

Course Content

• What is Machine Learning?
• Techniques: Regression, classification, clustering
• Validating a Machine Learning process in Scikit-Learn
• Applications in Finance – Machine Learning analyses that work… and some that haven’t
• Caveats and pushbacks – will Machine Learning solve all analysis issues? Is it any better than simpler techniques on limited data?
• Prequel to next course: Python’s TensorFlow library


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