Category: Machine Learning

Using Clustering Algorithms to Analyze Golf Shots from the U.S. Open

Cluster analysis can be considered one of the pillars of machine learning, and yet it’s one that’s difficult to talk about. First off, it’s difficult to find specific use cases for clustering, other than pretty pictures. When looking through the […]

U.S. Open Data — Gathering and Understanding the Data from 2018 Shinnecock

After losing in a playoff to make it out of the local qualifying for the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock, I’m stuck at my apartment watching everyone struggle, wondering how much I’d be struggling if I was there myself. Besides on […]

Classifying Amazon Reviews with Scikit-Learn — More Data is Better Turns Out

Last time, I went through some basics of how naive Bayes algorithm works, and the logic behind it, and implemented the classifier myself, as well as using the NLTK. That’s great and all, and hopefully people reading it got a […]

Practical Naive Bayes — Classification of Amazon Reviews

If you search around the internet looking for applying Naive Bayes classification on text, you’ll find a ton of articles that talk about the intuition behind the algorithm, maybe some slides from a lecture about the math and some notation behind […]

Predicting PGA Tour Scoring Average from Statistics Using Linear Regression

First off, I admit, that’s probably the most boring title for a blog post ever. It gets a negative value on the clickbait scale that is generally unseen in the modern, “every click equals dollars” era that we live in. […]

Defense Matters in the NBA, Apparently

Interesting article here from Arxiv titled Finding Common Characteristics Among NBA Playoff Teams: A Machine Learning Approach. Everyone should skim the paper because it’ll show you that these academic papers aren’t overwhelming, and a lot of times, they’re good at showing steps that […]

Weekly Fantasy Golf Results and a System of Linear Equations

I had an idea recently about how to use the “wisdom of the crowds” in forecasting performance for weekly fantasy golf. I see the benefits of crowdsourcing all the time working with prediction markets at Inkling Markets, so I figured […]