Pragmatic Machine Learning in Python

Hey - Nick here! This page is a free excerpt from my new eBook Pragmatic Machine Learning, which teaches you real-world machine learning techniques by guiding you through 9 projects.

Since you're reading my blog, I want to offer you a discount. Click here to buy the book for 70% off now.

This course will teach you the fundamentals of machine learning in Python.

You can jump to any of the course lessons below:

Supervised Machine Learning Fundamentals

Linear Regression

Logistic Regression

K-Nearest Neighbors

Decision Trees and Random Forests

Support Vector Machines

K Means Clustering

Principal Component Analysis

Recommendation Systems

Natural Language Processing

Additional details about the instructor and this course are listed below.

Slack Community

I want this course to be a personal experience. Because of that, I have created a Slack community for students to ask questions and interact with each other!

For those unfamiliar, Slack is a team messaging platform primarily used by businesses. Think MSN Messenger, but 10x better. I've used Slack in various capacities over the years and have always been pleased with my experience.

Click here to sign up for our Slack community and start communicating with other students!

Course Repository & Practice Problems

All of the code for this course's practice problems can be found in this GitHub repository.

The repository is public, which means that you can suggest changes using a pull request later in this course if you’d like.

What To Do If You Get Stuck

If you're working through this course and are stuck on a difficult problem, here's what you should do:

  • Google for a solution: This is not just me being lazy! Real-world software developers often have to Google for solutions to their problems, so getting practice at this from the start is very beneficial.
  • Ask a question in the Slack community: Other students further into this course will be more than willing to help you.
  • Email me: You can use this link to email me. While I always love hearing from students, please exhaust the other two options first since I might not reply right away.

About Me

My name is Nick McCullum and I have worked in quantitative finance and computer programming for my entire career. I'm currently working as the President of Sure Dividend, where I built our technology stack from scratch, including:

  • Python scripts deployed on AWS EC2 and AWS Lambda
  • a PostgreSQL relational database on AWS RDS
  • a client-facing Wordpress site featuring a members-only login area

and more.