Sometimes the standard splitting techniques used for testing your machine learning models can underestimate the generalization performance of the model. In this post, I expose some of the most common approaches for splitting your data beyond the classical random split approach. [5min read]
Given a prediction on a particular example, how sure is Random Forest about it? For answering this question it is necessary to look beyond usual performance metrics and dive into the swampy waters of the confidence interval estimation for statistical learning algorithms ðŸ˜–. [6 min read] (updated 11/21/22)
From time to time you will need to compare the distribution of two datasets. There are plenty of information about this topic in statistics books and all over the Internet. In this post I discuss three very practical approaches coming from different perspectives. [3.5 min read](updated 04/01/2021)
The usual approach of shuffling the data and split in train and test could not be the best strategy for some cases for getting a good error estimator of your model. Sometimes pure random splits do not guarantee the required level of dissimilarity. In adition, all the precautions to avoid contamination of your test set during your trainset manipulation must be taken for the test fold during cross validation. [4min read]
Experimental Design in Machine learning is well established. However, from time to time it is important to revisit the process to analyze the confidence level you have in your results. Machine learning shares a lot with statistics, but since Machine learning practitioners have a more practical vision, sometimes the experimental design is neglected when applied to real-world problems. This note explains the basic strategy followed in almost any machine learning experimental setup.