Wednesday, June 5, 2024
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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The Best of Predictive Analytics: Core Machine Learning and Data Science Techniques

Intended Audience: Interested in the fundamentals of modern machine learning techniques.

Knowledge Level: For this introductory-level workshop, it is helpful for attendees to already be familiar with the basics of probability and coding.

Free Book! Each attendee will be reimbursed by the organizers for the cost of buying a copy of Dr Elder’s “Handbook of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining Applications 1st Edition” (up to $50, receipt required).

“I can’t remember when I walked away from a one-day training course so filled with insights and new ideas. Thank you for your real work experiences and great examples about analytics and modeling for decision making. Because of your training on modeling techniques, you helped me rethink my approach to data mining and predictive analytics. You were generous with your time and with the Q&A. I would like to learn more than just the basics you covered, but what I did learn gave me a foundation for better management techniques and using data analytics.”
Manager Data Analytics,
US Postal Service Office of Inspector General

Workshop Description

This one-day session surveys standard and advanced methods for predictive modeling (aka machine learning).

Predictive analytics has proven capable of generating enormous returns across industries – but, with so many machine learning modeling methods, there are some tough questions that need answering:

  • How do you pick the right one to deliver the greatest impact for your business, as applied over your data?
  • What are the best practices along the way?
  • How do you make it sure it works on new data?

In this workshop, renowned practitioner and hugely popular instructor Dr. John Elder will describe the key inner workings of leading machine learning algorithms, demonstrate their performance with business case studies, compare their merits, and show you how to select the method and tool best suited to each predictive analytics project.

Attendees will leave with an understanding of the most popular algorithms, including classical regression, decision trees, nearest neighbors, and neural networks, as well as breakthrough ensemble methods such as bagging, boosting, and random forests.

This workshop will also cover useful ways to visualize, select, reduce, and engineer features – such as principal components and projection pursuit. Most importantly, Dr. Elder reveals how the essential resampling techniques of cross-validation and bootstrapping make your models robust and reliable.

Throughout the workshop day, Dr. Elder will share his (often humorous) stories from real-world applications, highlighting mistakes to avoid.

If you’d like to become a practitioner of predictive analytics – or if you already are and would like to hone your knowledge across methods and best practices – this workshop is for you.

What you will learn:

  • The tremendous value of learning from data
  • How to create valuable predictive models with machine learning for your business
  • Best Practices, with real-world stories of what happens when things go wrong

Why Attend?

View Dr. Elder describing his course, “The Best of Predictive Analytics,” in this brief video:



  • Workshop starts at 8:30am MST
  • AM Break from 10:00 – 10:15am MST
  • Lunch Break from 12:00am – 12:45pm MST
  • PM Break: 2:15 – 2:30pm MST
  • End of the Workshop: 4:30pm MST


Dr. John Elder, Founder and Chair, Elder Research

John Elder leads America’s most experienced Data Science consultancy. Founded in 1995, Elder Research has offices in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, North Carolina, and London. Dr. Elder co-authored books on data mining, ensembles, and text mining — two of which won book-of-the-year awards. John was a discoverer of ensemble methods, chairs international conferences, and is a popular keynote speaker. Dr. Elder is an (occasional) Adjunct Professor of Engineering at UVA, and was named by President Bush to serve 5 years on a panel to guide technology for national security.

More statements of testimony

“Best workshop I had attended in a long time. Business perspective is a big advantage of the workshop.”
Mandres Uribe-Sanchez
Liberty Mutual Insurance

“In depth knowledge of methods. Well structured presentation slides. Broad practice knowledge and advice. Presented in fun and humor.”
Ling Zhang

“You don’t know what you don’t know … after this course, I now know what I don’t know and what I should develop greater understanding in for both myself, my company and our clients”

Sean Liddle
“Some very complex topics were explained very comprehensively and clearly, and put into a wider context of how to use these in real-life situations.”
Colin Styles
Information Architect
Sussex Health Informatics Service

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