Machine Learning for Development, July 2017

These are materials for a machine learning course for the Poverty Global Practice at the World Bank, July 11-12, organized by Emmanuel Skoufias. If you have any questions or comments please email me at hersh [at] chapman [dot] edu


July 11, 2017 

Lecture Materials:

  1. Introduction and Cross-validation
  2. Shrinkage methods (Lasso and Ridge)
  3. Classification
    • [Slides]; [code]; [APM: Chp 11, 12 & 16, ISLR: Chp 4]
  4. Tree-based methods (Decision trees, bagging, random forests, boosting)
  5. Unsupervised learning (PCA, clustering)

Schedule:
9:00 – 10:30: Lecture
10:30 – 11:00: Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30: Lecture
12:30 – 1:30: Lunch break
1:30 – 3:00: Lecture
3:00 – 3:30: Coffee break
3:30 – 5:00: Lecture

References:

Main texts:

Papers:


July 12, 2017

Schedule:
PST: 8:00 am-9:30 am EST: 11:00 am-12:30 noon
Marshall Burke (Stanford U): “Measuring Economic Well-Being from Space”
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 AM (EST)
Join Using WebEx: https://worldbankgroup.webex.com/worldbankgroup/j.php?MTID=m6042ccb46801d13ee9498a924e17df1a
Meeting password: m2Px7se3
Meeting number: 734 534 196

PST: 10:00 pm-11:30 pm EST: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Susan Athey (Stanford U): “Machine Learning Methods for Causal Effects”
Join Using WebEx: https://worldbankgroup.webex.com/worldbankgroup/j.php?MTID=m1e2db536f9dfa25273e3a59f6b01b21a
Meeting password: J9BJG8mG
Meeting number: 736 434 909

PST: 12:30 pm-2:00 pm EST: 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
Joshua Blumenstock (UC Berkeley): “Fighting Poverty with Data”
Join Using WebEx: https://worldbankgroup.webex.com/worldbankgroup/j.php?MTID=m1e2db536f9dfa25273e3a59f6b01b21a
Meeting password: J9BJG8mG
Meeting number: 736 434 909

Susan Athey’s reading list: [link]