Second meeting: Introduction to Statistical Learning (ISL) study group

Event Type
Web Session

Start time: 6.00 pm

End time: 7.00 pm


At this meeting we will be joined by two guest presenters:

  • Filipe Santos (Senior Data Scientist with Liberty Seguros) will take us through an simple example of using Gradient Boosting Machines (GBMs) with insurance data. We are going to tune our model and look under the hood to be able to understand better the so called “black box model”.
  • David Robinson (RSA) will discuss a clustering and geographical visualisation example using census data.

The parts of the course that are most relevant are Chapter 8 and Chapter 10 (in particular, the K means clustering sections) in both the book and the video lecture series


The Society has formed a study group of interested individuals to work through the material in the Introduction to Statistical Learning textbook and lecture series. This provides an introduction to machine learning from a statistical background and will be of interest to those who are new to the area.

More information is available at, or by email to (who will pass it on) for those who don’t have access to the forum or would prefer not to use it. You are also welcome to ask questions during the zoom meetings.


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Filipe Santos, Liberty Seguros and David Robinson, RSA