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University of Edinburgh

Successfully Evaluating Predictive Modelling

University of Edinburgh via edX

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A predictive exercise is not finished when a model is built. This course will equip you with essential skills for understanding performance evaluation metrics, using Python, to determine whether a model is performing adequately.

Specifically, you will learn:

  • Appropriate measures that are used to evaluate predictive models
  • Procedures that are used to ensure that models do not cheat through, for example, overfitting or predicting incorrect distributions
  • The ways that different model evaluation criteria illustrate how one model excels over another and how to identify when to use certain criteria

This is the foundation of optimising successful predictive models. The concepts will be brought together in a comprehensive case study that deals with customer churn. You will be tasked with selecting suitable variables to predict whether a customer will leave a telecommunications provider by looking into their behaviour, creating various models, and benchmarking them by using the appropriate evaluation criteria.


Week 1: Evaluation Metrics and Feature Selection
Week 2: Feature Selection and Correlation Analysis
Week 3: Feature Selection with Decomposition Techniques
Week 4: Sampling Techniques
Week 5: Resampling Techniques
Week 6: Case Study

Taught by

Dr Johannes De Smedt


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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    content-wise is good and classes being taught in a structured manner. However, the assessment sucks. Even though the passing score is 50%, but the testing is more about the programming knowledge rather than the predictive modeling. and worst of all, there's no reference or answer given after each submission.

    IN summary, not worth the money.

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