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Learning scikit-learn -- An Introduction to Machine Learning in Python @ PyData Chicago 2016

This tutorial provides you with an introduction to machine learning in Python using the popular scikit-learn library.

This tutorial will teach you the basics of scikit-learn. I will give you a brief overview of the basic concepts of classification and regression analysis, how to build powerful predictive models from labeled data. Although it's not a requirement for attending this tutorial, I highly recommend you to check out the accompanying GitHub repository at 1-2 days before the tutorial. During the session, we will not only talk about scikit-learn, but we will also go over some live code examples to get the knack of scikit-learn's API.

If you have any questions about the tutorial, please don't hesitate to contact me. You can either open an "issue" on GitHub or reach me via email at I am looking forward to meeting you soon!


This repository will contain the teaching material and other info for the Learning scikit-learn tutorial at the PyData Chicago 2016 Conference held Aug 26-28.

  • When? Fri Aug. 26, 2016 at 9:00 - 10:30 am
  • Where? Room 1

(I recommend watching the PyData schedule for updates).

Obtaining the Tutorial Material

If you already have a GitHub account, the probably most convenient way to obtain the tutorial material is to clone this GitHub repository via

git clone
and fetch updates via
pull origin master

If you don’t have an GitHub account, you can download the repository as a .zip file by heading over to the GitHub repository ( in your browser and click the green “Download” button in the upper right.

Installation Notes and Requirements

Please note that installing the following libraries and running code alongside is not a hard requirement for attending the tutorial session, you will be able to follow along just fine (and probably be less distracted :)). Now, the tutorial code should be compatible to both Python 2.7 and Python 3.x. but will require recent installations of

Please make sure that you have these libraries installed in your current Python environment prior to attending the tutorial if you want to execute the code examples that are executed during the talk. Please also note that executing these examples during/after the talk is merely a suggestion, not a requirement. I highly recommend you to open the code/checkenvironment.ipynb](code/checkenvironment.ipynb) notebook as a Jupyter notebook, for instance by the notebook via

jupyter notebook /pydata-chicago2016-ml-tutorial/code/check_environment.ipynb

and executing the code cells:

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