Our Next Meeting
When: Thursday, March. 12, 2015
Place: CenturyLink Auditorium Directions: 
Title: Machine Learning for Data Science in Java
Presented By: Jeff Heaton

About the Presentation: Machine learning is a technology that allows computers to learn from data. It is an important concept in the growing field of data science. The interaction between data science and machine learning will be covered. Machine learning will be introduced with one of the Kaggle (http://www.kaggle.com/) tutorial competitions. Data wrangling techniques will be covered to get data into a format that a machine can learn from. You will see how the machine learning feature vector is built, and what tradeoffs must sometimes be considered. This presentation starts with the very simple data conversions that all programmers perform every day. These conversions can be abstracted into simple linear regression. The presentation will move from linear regression to deep learning. Simple Java source code will illustrate each step. Along the way, multiple linear regression, GLM (generalized linear regression), and neural networks are covered. You will see how each of these technologies builds upon the previous one.
About the Presenter: Jeff Heaton (http://www.jeffheaton.com) is a data scientist at Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) specializing in informatics, underwriting and Electronic Health Records (EHR). He has written more than ten books and is an active technology blogger. As an open source contributor, Jeff is a leading developer for the Encog Machine Learning Framework. Currently a PhD. student in Computer Science at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), he earned his Masterís Degree in Information Management from Washington University. Jeff is also a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Sun Certified Java Programmer and a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI). His primary programming languages are Python, R, Java, C# and C/C++.
Schedule of Events
We meet on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30PM to 8:00PM. Attendance is free, and you do not need to sign up -- just show up!
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March 2015 Machine Learning for Data Science in Java , Jeff Heaton
April 2015 JFrog Artifactory/Bintray, Barach Sadogurski
May 2015 Azul Systems Tuning Garbage Collection, Matt Schuetze


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