An Introduction to Decision Trees with Julia

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Decision trees have played a significant role in data mining and machine learning since the 1960′s. They generate white-box classification and regression models which can be used for feature selection and sample prediction. The transparency of these models is a big advantage over black-box learners, in that the models are easy to understand and interpret, and that they can be readily extracted and implemented into any programming language (with nested if-else statements) for use in production environments. Furthermore, decision trees require almost no data preparation … Keep reading

What Makes Linux a Viable Alternative

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People think it’s a black and white world when it comes to operating systems, hipster Mac or old-man Windows. Most haven’t even heard of sexy little Linux, despite the fact that she’s free, versatile, and easy to use. People haven’t heard of Linux, not because she’s a third rate system, but because Mac and Windows have massive advertising campaigns promoting this false dichotomy. GNU/Linux is an open-source operating system. It’s created not by greedy, profit motivated corporations, but by international collaborations of good-hearted people committed … Keep reading