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One-Day Virtual Seminar
December 12, 2023

Explore the full-day course

Getting started with advanced analytics and machine learning can be intimidating. Where do I start? How much math do I need? What algorithms should I use? The good news is that getting started with machine learning is easy—no really, it is!

In this hands-on course, you will be provided all the fundamentals for understanding and effectively training predictive models using the mighty random forest algorithm. Focusing on core concepts and intuitions means that no complicated math is required.

With this understanding, you'll be equipped to tackle the next topics: feature importance and feature engineering. We'll wrap up the day by discussing how to determine if your model is any good. Lastly, you will be given a road map of suggested topics to take on as you continue your data science journey.

You Will Learn

  • Machine learning to solve classification problems
  • The decision tree algorithm, including pros/cons
  • The mighty random forest algorithm and how it "fixes" decision trees
  • How to evaluate your random forest for accuracy
  • Feature importance and feature engineering using random forests
  • How to analyze your feature engineering efforts—did they work?
  • Additional resources to extend your learning

Geared To

  • Business and data analysts
  • BI and analytics developers and managers
  • Business users
  • Aspiring data scientists
  • Anyone interested in learning to analyze their business data visually

No skills in advanced mathematics or statistics are required!


Registrants must be familiar with Python and Python Notebooks or complete a complimentary online course before the before the seminar. Access to the four-hour online course "Python Quick Start" will be provided to registrants three weeks before the event.

Laptop Setup

Students must bring their laptops to class.

Machine Requirements:

  • Windows or Max OS X
  • 64-bit operating system
  • 8 GB available RAM, 16 GB preferred
  • 4 GB of HD space for Anaconda Python installation

Anaconda Python is used in this course because it is free, easy to install, and has all the needed libraries.


Instructions will be emailed to registrants prior to the event to prepare your laptop BEFORE the seminar.

There is no time allotted in class for laptop preparation.

* Enrollment is limited to 40 attendees.


David Langer

Dave on Data

What’s Included

  • 8 hours of live training with an expert instructor
  • Vendor-neutral, best practice-based course materials
  • Digital course book with unlimited access
  • Opportunities to discuss your challenges with the instructor for recommendations


  • Event Alumni Discount

    Been to a TDWI conference or seminar before? Save 10% with code ALUMNI. (Subject to verification.)

  • Member Discount

    Receive a 10% discount on your registration. Membership status will be validated when your registration is processed.

  • Team Discounts

    Teams of 3–9 people save 10% by using code TEAM. Groups of 10 or more will save 20% with code TEAM20.

REFUND AND CANCELLATION: You may substitute one person in your place by contacting [email protected] at least five business days prior to the event. If you must cancel all or part of your registration, your refund request must be sent to [email protected] no later than November 28, 2023. Your fee will be returned, less a 20% cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued after November 28, 2023.

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