Post-Event Workshop on Machine Learning by Dr. Carol Hargreaves – Thursday, 16th March, 2017

About the Workshop

Machine learning a type of artificial intelligence provides computers with the ability to learn without having to be programmed. Machine learning focuses on the development of a series of programs that produces insight when exposed to new data.

The process of machine learning does not differ too much to that of data mining. Both techniques are similar to each other that they both search through data finding patterns. The key fundamental difference being is that data mining is used for human comprehension whereas machine learning uses that data to improve its own understanding and then changes accordingly.

Course Outline and Agenda

08.30 - 09.00
09.00 - 10.30
Introduction to Machine Learning
  • What is Machine Learning?
  • Why is Machine Learning Important?
  • How does Machine Learning help Businesses?

Group Discussion

10.30 - 11.00
Networking Tea Break
11.00 - 01.00
Types of Machine Learning Techniques
  • Regression Method
  • Demonstration on the application of Regression Methods (Case Study)
  • Hands-on Practice Example on the Application of Regression Method
01.00 - 02.30
Networking Luncheon
02.30 - 03.30
Types of Machine Learning Techniques
  • Decision Trees
  • Demonstration on the Application of Decision Trees (Case Study)
03.30 - 04.00
Networking Luncheon
04.00 - 05.00
Hands-on Practice Example on the Application of Decision Trees

About the Trainer

Dr. Hargreaves, worked as Chief of the Master of Technology Enterprise Business Analytics Programme at the Institute of Systems Science, at the National University of Singapore, where her role included: designing business analytic courses, teaching, consulting & research in business analytics. For over 20 years, Dr. Carol Hargreaves has worked with a variety of industries to make businesses more intelligent. More specifically, she achieved this through the red hot science called business analytics. Now she works as Advanced Business Analytics Consultant & Data Scientist Expert. Holder of a PhD in statistics, Dr. Hargreaves’ extensive credentials in the field include working as a Quantitative Methods Manager at Cegedim Strategic Data in Australia providing market research analysis for pharmaceutical giants such as Pfizer, Novartis and Merck Sharp & Dohme.

For three years, she was also the Advanced Analytics Statistician at Synovate Aztec in Australia, where she developed sales and marketing models for food manufacturers like Nestle, Masterfoods Australia and Goodman Fielder. She also previously served as a biostatistcian at the National Health Medical Research Council at the University of Sydney and Head of Department for the Department of Statistics at the University of Durban-Westville. Dr. Hargreaves holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of South Africa and a MBA from the University of Wales (Cardiff). She was awarded the Foundation of Research and Development Scholarship in 1988, and Head of the Department of Statistics at the University of Durban-Westville in 1989 and 2000. Dr. Hargreaves has published several research papers in Business Analytics, Hospitality & Tourism, Inventory Systems, Stock Trading, Carbon Emission Reduction and Clinical Trials and has presented some of these papers at International Conferences.

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