To Predict or to Explain

As data scientists, our day job is around modelling. We create models to recommend new products, to increase conversion rates, to explain user behaviour etc. And depending on your background, it is more likely to be familiar either with machine learning techniques or regression type analysis. It is the difference among these two distinct approaches in modelling that motivated me to write this post which is a summary of a talk I gave recently in PyData London....

May 24, 2017 · 6 min

To explain or to predict?

This talk is about an interesting topic I started reading about at the start of my career as a data scientist. In particular about the differences between using machine learning techniques for prediction vs more explanatory techniques, commonly used in sciences like regression.

May 7, 2017 · 1 min