In February 2016, I was fortunate enough to be asked by DeZyre, an online education company whose motto is “we believe that the best way to learn job skills is from industry professionals,” to give a training for their viewers. I decided this was a good opportunity to expose open-minded students to the world of prescriptive analytics. I showed them how to use Particle Swarm Optimization to optimize a function, Reinforcement Learning to develop optimal strategies in the face of unknown conditions and a very brief introduction to the new operational theory of causality, which is a very hot topic in Big Data. The title of the presentation was “Prescriptive Analytics for Fun and Profit”. Yes, it wasn’t very original since I used a very similar title for a blog post already.
Some of this material you will have a hard time finding anywhere else so I encourage you to check it out. BTW, if you click “Skip” tag in the lower right corner of the video frame you can watch the video without supplying your name and email address.
You can watch a recording of my presentation directly at DeZyre’s page by clicking here.