Participants Learn about Machine Learning

The Workshop on Machine Learning using Python held from June 22 to 23 at the Mapua University attracted 31 participants. With the aim of introducing Machine Learning and introducing Python, the Workshop was successful in getting participants acquainted with the various applications of Python.

ORSP Past President Francis Miranda led the team consisting of Trixie de Guzman, Vanessa Bermudez and Danielle Hizola in guiding participants as they went through pre-worked Python code that covered 5 cases. Cases ranged from predicting: auto. Insurance levels, house prices, credit scores, survivors of a ship wreck, birth weight, and geographic clusters. This was preceded by an extensive introduction of real-life uses of machine learning.

Even as the introduction clarified that the two-day training is not a programming course, participants got an idea of the language syntax and worked their way through changing some codes to see the effects on the output.  Participants were exposed to a multitude of built-in Python libraries that they could call for their applications. As Board Director Rex Robielos quipped, “This will certainly fast track my learning of the language, which I had started taking up in Coursera.”  The workshop leaders cited the various resources to get participants started in serious programming. In cooperation with Cypher Learning, participants were provided access to all the materials – slides, programs, data sets – which they could use after the Workshop. 

Earlier, ORSP had also conducted a Workshop in R, and many participants acquainted with both commented on the advantages they see in shifting to Python. Other participants appreciated the opportunity to add to their set of Analytics tools. In general, participants gave the course and the trainers a score indicating satisfaction with the conduct of the Workshop and requested for additional training in other Analytics topics.

Participants came from: Cagayan State University, De la Salle – College of St Benilde, Holy Angel University, Mapua (Intramuros), Mapua University, Sunlife, Technopoly, Inc.  An annual offering of the ORSP, the Workshop this year was held in partnership with the Mapua University and Cypher Learning.

Participants included: Arman Loui Arquilada, Arian A. Rabino, Gina Tumang, Maria Elena Timbang, R-Jay Quiambao, Kimberly Hazel Serrano, Ruselle Andrew Manalang, Elmer Perez, Gerard Cortez, Flor Mangalino, Renilda S. Layno, Hardy D. Sierra, Ronald Arciaga, Raymond Sedilla, Gloren Fuentes, Joel De Goma, Josseline Nolasco, Marjorie Navales, Martha Lauren Tan.