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1 Feature Engineering Studio January 21, 2015

2 Welcome to Feature Engineering Studio Design studio-style course teaching how to distill and engineer features for data mining

3 What We’ll Cover The process of feature engineering and distillation – brainstorming features – deciding what features to create – criteria for selecting features – actually creating the features – studying the impact of features on model goodness

4 Why? Feature engineering is the most important, and least well-studied part of the process of developing prediction models It is an art, it is human-driven design It involves lore rather than well-known and validated principles It is hard! (But fun, and important)

5 Why? It’s well known in data mining (and statistics for that matter) That your model will never be any good if your features (predictors) aren’t very good

6 The Big Idea How can we take the voluminous, ill-formed, and yet under-specified data that we now have in education And shape it into a reasonable set of variables In an efficient, effective, and predictive way?

7 Tools We’ll Use Excel Google Refine RapidMiner Other relevant tools (TBD/your choice)

8 Course times Monday 11am-12:40pm Wednesday 11am-12:40pm Not every week; please see online schedule

9 Course Prerequisite Core Methods in Educational Data Mining Or instructor approval I will approve anyone who has at least a little bit of background building prediction models or similar statistical models – Talk to me after class, during my office hours, or by appointment

10 That said… If you haven’t had experience building prediction models in RapidMiner or a similar tool, then you’ll need to learn We will have a few special lab sessions to help you catch up if you don’t have experience with this paradigm or tools You can definitely catch up

11 Who here? Took or audited my Core Methods course? Has built a prediction model using a classification algorithm and cross-validation? Has built a regression model in a stats package using stepwise regression? Has run a regression in a stats package? Has built any kind of mathematical model?

12 How this class works Lots of assignments (13) – They can’t be late, because we will discuss them in class – 3 of 12 regular assignments can be missed without penalty, but not the final presentation (#13) – Important note: You cannot do extra assignments and take the best grades. Only the first 9 assignments turned in will be graded. Not many required readings Essential to participate in critique and class discussions

13 Who here? Has had a design studio style course before?

14 This is not… A lecture class A reading discussion seminar

15 This is… A class where you will be working on a project of your own choosing the whole semester A class where you’ll get, and give, a lot of constructive criticism

16 The semester project You will build a prediction model If you have your own data set, and research question – perfect! If you don’t have your own data set, and research question – no worries! I will help you find one!

17 Two types of classes Regular sessions – Discuss readings, work on projects Lab sessions – Extra practice with tools – Lecture on concepts beyond regular class topics Including core content from HUDK4050 needed for this class Not a substitute for HUDK4050, we’ll be covering about 5% of HUDK4050 in these sessions

18 Assignments Let’s look at syllabus

19 Readings Will be made available very soon

20 Any questions?

21 Upcoming Classes 1/26 Lab session on data set finding – Come to this if you don’t have a data set in mind 2/2 Problem proposal (Asgn. 1 due) 2/4 Data cleaning (Asgn. 2 due) 2/16 Lab session on RapidMiner – Come to this if you’ve never built a classifier or regressor in RapidMiner (or a similar tool) – Statistical significance tests using linear regression don’t count… 2/23 Feature distillation in Excel (Asgn.3 due)

22 Assignment One Problem Proposal – Due Monday, February 2 Be ready to talk for 5 minutes on: – A data set Give where it came from and how big it is You need to already have this data set, or be able to acquire it in the next two weeks – A prediction model you will build in this data set – What variable will you predict? – What kind of variables will you use to predict it? – Why is this worth doing?

23 Example (Pardos et al., 2014) Data set – ASSISTments system, formative assessment and learning software for math used by 60k students a year (Razzaq et al., 2007) – 810,000 data points from 229 students studied – Student actions in the software have been overlaid with synchronized field observations of student affect (boredom, frustration, etc.) 3075 field observations Each field observation connects to 20 seconds of log file actions

24 Example (Pardos et al., 2014) We will predict whether a student is bored at a specific time – So that we can replicate the human judgments without needing a field observer We will predict this from what was going on in the log files at the time the field observation was made – We know every student action’s correctness, timing, relevant skill, and probability they knew the skill

25 Example (Pardos et al., 2014) This is worth doing because boredom is known to predict student learning (Craig et al., 2004; Rodrigo et al., 2009; Pekrun et al., 2010) And building a detector will help us study boredom more thoroughly As well as enabling us to intervene on boredom in real time

26 Important Considerations Is the problem genuinely important? (usable or publishable) Is there a good measure of ground truth? (the variable you want to predict) Do we have rich enough data to distill meaningful features? Is there enough data to be able to take advantage of data mining?

27 You don’t need to be able to answer these questions in a week Think about them Think about your problem me or come to my office hours (or set up an appointment) Bring it to class We’ll discuss it in class No idea is perfect right from the start!

28 Be ready to answer questions

29 Be ready to ask questions too…

30 No data ready at hand? Come to next Monday’s session, we will find you data!

31 Any questions or concerns?


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