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The Trials and Tribulations of Machine Learning

Me presenting my final project

Last night I presented my final project for my Applied Machine Learning class. I tried to predict whether patients would or wouldn’t show up for medical appointments. I tried to use age, alcoholism, hypertension, and a variety of other features in my model.

In all honesty, the project didn’t go as well as I hoped. My model wasn’t really able to perform better than human intuition. Maybe with a more robust dataset, deeper models, or more instances, we might be able to solve the problem, but I wasn’t able to at least.

I am glad this happened though. It taught me that human beings and the world are full of complexities and randomness. And that sometimes you can’t just throw machine learning at a complex problem and expect that to magically solve it.

Through this process, I learned some of the obstacles of machine learning projects and how to communicate these types of projects to my peers.

If you would like to check out the project:


Final Notebook:

Presentation Slides:

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