The first evening will be a workshop, where Rob Zinkov will introduce participants to several ML tools, including the R language and RStudio, and the python language and scikit-learn toolkit. He’ll also provide a data set and describe a machine learning problem for participants to test their new knowledge on over the subsequent week.
The second evening will be a show-and-tell session of the best classifiers participants have built. We should learn a lot from each others’ approaches.
Rob has asked participants to RSVP to the meetup announcement, and as part of the RSVP, you’re requested to do a little homework. You need to install the tools, download a data set and a pair of scripts, and run the scripts. When you RSVP, you’ll be asked to fill in some information produced by the scripts. This way, everyone who shows up the first night will already have everything they need. We won’t need to waste time with installation issues, and can get right down to the algorithms.
If you run into any trouble installing the tools or running the scripts, feel free to ask questions in the comments here or on the meetup page.