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When people talk about Machine Learning they are mostly thinking about Modeling. Modeling is selecting and testing the algorithms to process data to find the information of value.

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This domain comprises 36% of the exam marks and has five subdomains:

Problem Framing (subdomain 3.1) is a method used to understand, define and prioritize business problems. This will determine if all the work that is to be done subsequently is perceived to be of use and provides business value. Framing identifies what will be observed and what will be predicted and the metrics that need to be optimised to monitor performance. The Framing will lead to selecting the type of Machine Learning approach to use which will involve Supervised Learning or Unsupervised Learning.

For Supervised Learning you need labeled training data. In Supervised Learning we provide data that has already been identified and therefore labeled, as being what we are looking for. Unsupervised Learning is used to infer patterns in unlabeled datasets. The algorithms can detect hidden patterns and data groupings in data without help from humans through labeling. Unsupervised learning is ideal for exploring raw and unknown data.

Many models (subdomain 3.2) are available through AWS Machine Learning services. Each model has its own use cases and requirements. Once the model has been chosen an iterative process of training, tuning and evaluation is undertaken.

Model training (subdomain 3.3) is the process of providing a model with data to learn from. During model training the data is split into three parts. Most (70% to 80%) is used as training data with the remainder used for validation and testing.

Model tuning (subdomain 3.4) is also known as hyperparameter optimization. Hyperparameters are SageMaker settings that do not change during training. They can be tuned manually, using search methods and automatically by using SageMaker guided search. Model tuning also includes additional feature engineering and experimenting with new algorithms.

Model evaluation (subdomain 3.5) is used to find out how well a model will do in predicting the desired outcome. This is done using metrics to measure the performance of the Model. Metrics measure accuracy, precision and other features of the Model by comparing the results from the model with the known contents of the training data.

Your model is now ready to be used with real data. But before it can be let loose on your corporate data it has to be deployed into the production environment.

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  • Modeling – 15 questions
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Modeling test questions


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Five questions from a test bank of 90 from domain 3, Modeling

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A model is Evaluated to check if it will make good predictions on <–?–> data.

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What can the Sequence-to-Sequence algorithm do, or be used for?

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Neural Networks are made up of layers of <–?–> that are interlinked in a network.

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Which SageMaker built in algorithm can be used for dimensionality reduction in Feature Engineering?

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<–?–> of test data can be used to prevent underfitting and overfitting.

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Study guides for Modeling:

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Modeling (Domain 3)

K-Nearest Neighbors Algorithm

The K-Nearest Neighbors Algorithm is used to place data into a category for example in recommendation applications used for recommending products on Amazon, articles on Medium, movies on Netflix, or videos on YouTube. It returns results based on the nearest training data points to the sample datapoint, also called nearest neighbors.  The K-Nearest Neighbors algorithm…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

Model tuning

Hyperparameters can be thought of as the external controls that influence how the model operates, just as flight instruments control how an aeroplane flies. These values are external to the model and are controlled by the user. They can influence how an algorithm is trained and the structure of the final model. The optimized settings…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

Principal Component Analysis Algorithm

Sometimes data can have large amounts of features, so many that further processing or inference can be hampered. When this occurs Principal Component Analysis Algorithm (PCA), an Unsupervised Learning algorithm, is used to reduce the number of features whilst retaining as much information as possible. This is Feature Engineering. PCA has two modes: Regular and…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

Latent Dirichlet Allocation Algorithm

SageMaker Latent Dirichlet Allocation algorithm (LDA) is an Unsupervised Learning algorithm that groups words in a document into topics. The topics are found by a probability distribution of all the words in a document. LDA can be used to discover topics shared by documents within a text corpus. The number of topics is specified by…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

SageMaker unsupervised algorithms

There are five SageMaker unsupervised algorithms that process tabular data. Unsupervised Learning algorithms process data that has not been labeled. IP Insights is an anomaly detection algorithm to detect problems and threats in an IR network. K-Means is a clustering algorithm. Object2Vec translates input data to vectors. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) algorithm is used in…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

BlazingText Algorithm

BlazingText is the name AWS calls it’s SageMaker built-in algorithm that can identify relationships between words in text documents. These relationships, which are also called embeddings, are expressed as vectors. The semantic relationship between words is preserved by the vectors which cluster words with similar semantics together. This conversion of words to meaningful numeric vectors…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

Sequence-to-Sequence Algorithm

SageMaker Sequence-to-Sequence algorithm is used for machine translation of languages. The algorithm takes the input sequence of tokens, for example French words, and outputs the translation as a sequence of English words. As well as translation, Sequence-to-Sequence can be used to summarize a document and convert speech to text. Sequence-to-Sequence is a Supervised Learning algorithm….

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Modeling (Domain 3)

Object2Vec Algorithm

Object2Vec Algorithm is an Unsupervised Learning algorithm. The algorithm compares pairs of data points and preserves the semantics of the relationship between the pairs. The algorithm creates embeddings that can be used by other algorithms downstream. The embeddings are low-dimensional dense embeddings of high-dimensional objects. Object2Vec can be used for product search, item matching and…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

Linear Learner Algorithm

Linear Learner Algorithm is a Supervised Learning algorithm that can be used to solve three types of problems: Binary classification; Multi-class classification; and Regression. The algorithm is trained with lists of data comprising a high dimensional vector x and a label y to learn the equation of the line. The Linear Learner Algorithm uses Stochastic…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

SageMaker image processing algorithms

There are three built-in SageMaker image processing algorithms. They are all Supervised Learning algorithms and so have to be trained using labelled data. Each one analyzes images in a different way and returns different inference data for downstream processing. SageMaker’s three built-in image processing algorithms each have their own way of visualizing real word objects….

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Modeling (Domain 3)

Supervised Learning for Machine Learning

What is Supervised Learning? For Supervised Learning you need labeled training data. In Supervised Learning we provide data that has already been identified and therefore labeled, as being what we are looking for. Once the Machine Learning model has been trained it can then be presented with real unknown data to which the Machine Learning…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

SageMaker supervised algorithms

There are five SageMaker supervised algorithms for tabular data. DeepAR Forecasting uses Deep Learning for financial forecasting. Linear Learner is good for regression problems. Factorization Machines can be used for the same purpose, but can handle data with gaps and holes better. K-Nearest Neighbor is good at categorising data. XGBoost can predict if an item…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

SageMaker text processing algorithms

There are four SageMaker text processing algorithms: BlazingText, LDA, NTM and Sequence-to-sequence. BlazingText converts text to numeric vectors. LDA and NTM identify topics in text documents and Sequence-to-sequence provides machine translation of languages. Each algorithm has it’s own section and embedded video. These revision notes are part of subdomain 3.2 Select the appropriate model(s) for…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

How to select a model for a given machine learning problem

To select a model for a given Machine Learning problem we use the information and conclusions from Framing the Problem. A Machine Learning problem can be described with four aspects: The first aspect concerns the format and structure of the data, which could be numeric, images or text. Numeric data is often tabular. The second…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

Unsupervised Learning for Machine Learning

What is Unsupervised Learning? Unsupervised learning is the machine learning task of inferring a function to describe hidden structure from unlabeled data. Unsupervised Learning is used to infer patterns in unlabeled datasets. The algorithms can detect hidden patterns and data groupings in data without help from humans through labeling. Unsupervised learning is ideal for exploring…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

DeepAR Forecasting Algorithm

The SageMaker DeepAR Forecasting Algorithm forecasts how the target time series will evolve based on past performance. AR, which stands for AutoRegression, is a statistical method that uses observations from previous time steps as input to a regression equation to predict the value at the next time step. The forecast is a one dimensional time…

Modeling (Domain 3)

K-Means Algorithm

The K-Means Algorithm is an Unsupervised Learning algorithm used to find clusters. The clusters are formed by grouping data points that are as similar as possible to each other and different from other data points. The distance between data points are calculated and averaged to form groups. K-Means is used for market segmentation, computer vision,…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

Object Detection Algorithm

The SageMaker Object Detection algorithm identifies and classifies objects in images. The identified object is placed in a class with a numerical measure of confidence. The location in the image is identified by a bounding box around the object. Object Detection is a Supervised Learning algorithm trained on a corpus of labeled images. Because the…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

IP Insights Algorithm

SageMaker IP Insights Algorithm is used for detecting anomalies in network traffic. It is an unsupervised learning algorithm that is trained on historical data to learn the patterns of normal network usage. In production it can detect anomalies in network usage that may indicate changes in user behaviour, network performance or malicious activity.  The IP…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

Factorization Machines Algorithm

The Factorization Machines Algorithm has two modes: Classification and Regression. Classification is a binary method that returns either one or zero and a label which is a number. The Regression mode returns the predicted value. Factorization Machines are a good choice for high dimensional, sparse datasets. Common uses are web page click prediction and item…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

35 Q & A for SageMaker built-in algorithms

The AWS Machine Learning – Speciality certification exam (MLS-C01) tests your abilities to select the correct answer to real life scenarios. 36% of the questions in the MLS-C01 exam will be from Domain 3. These SageMaker built-in algorithms are part of Sub-domain 3.2, Select the appropriate models for a given Machine Learning problem. Sub-domain 3.2…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

Neural Topic Model Algorithm

The Neural Topic Model Algorithm (NTM) is used to identify topics in a corpus of documents. NTM uses statistics to group words. The groups are termed Latent Representations because they are identified via word distributions in the documents. The Latent Representations reveal the semantics of the documents and so outperform analysis using the word form…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

XGBoost Algorithm

XGBoost Algorithm stands for eXtreme Gradient Boosting. XGBoost uses ensemble learning, which is also called boosting. The results of multiple models are grouped together to produce a better fit to the training data. Each decision tree model is added using the prediction errors of previous models to improve the fit to the training data. XGBoost…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

How to evaluate Machine Learning models

Evaluating Machine Learning models is the last stage before deploying a model to production. We evaluate Machine Learning models to confirm that they are performing as expected and that they are good enough for the task they were created for. The evaluation stage is performed after model training is finished. Different techniques are used depending…

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Modeling (Domain 3)

Image Classification Algorithm

The SageMaker Image Classification algorithm can apply multiple labels to an image depending on what objects are identified. Objects are either identified, or not, there are no probability scores. Attributes Problem attribute Description Data types and format Image Learning paradigm or domain Image Processing, Supervised Problem type Image and multi-label classification Use case examples Label/tag…


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