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From Concepts to Code: Introduction to Data Science

  • Length: 367 pages
  • Edition: 1
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  • Publication Date: 2024-04-12
  • ISBN-10: 1032517980
  • ISBN-13: 9781032517988
  • Sales Rank: #0 (See Top 100 Books)

The breadth of problems that can be solved with data science is astonishing, and this book provides the required tools and skills fot a broad audience. The reader takes a journey into the forms, uses, and abuses of data and models, and learns how to critically examine each step. Python coding and data analysis skills are built from the ground up, with no prior coding experience assumed. The necessary background in computer science, mathematics, and statistics is provided in an approachable manner.

Each step of the machine learning lifecycle is discussed, from business objective planning to monitoring a model in production. This end-to-end approach supplies the broad view necessary to sidestep many of the pitfalls that can sink a data science project. Detailed examples are provided from a wide range of applications and fields, from fraud detection in banking to breast cancer classification in healthcare. The reader will learn the techniques to accomplish tasks that include predicting outcomes, explaining observations, and detecting patterns. Improper use of data and models can introduce unwanted effects and dangers to society. A chapter on model risk provides a framework for comprehensively challenging a model and mitigating weaknesses. When data is collected, stored, and used, it may misrepresent reality and introduce bias. Strategies for addressing bias are discussed. From Concepts to Code: Introduction to Data Science leverages content developed by the author for a full-year data science course suitable for advanced high school or early undergraduate students. This course is freely available and it includes weekly lesson plans.

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