Template Credit: Adapted from a template made available by Dr. Jason Brownlee of Machine Learning Mastery.

SUMMARY: This project aims to construct a predictive model using various machine learning algorithms and document the end-to-end steps using a template. The Kaggle Tabular Playground Apr 2021 dataset is a binary classification situation where we attempt to predict one of the two possible outcomes.

INTRODUCTION: Kaggle wants to provide an approachable environment for relatively new people in their data science journey. Since January 2021, they have hosted playground-style competitions on Kaggle with fun but less complex, tabular datasets. The dataset used for this competition is synthetic but based on the real Titanic dataset and generated using a CTGAN. The statistical properties of this dataset are very similar to the original Titanic dataset, but there is no shortcut to cheat by using public labels for predictions.

ANALYSIS: The performance of the preliminary XGBoost model achieved an accuracy benchmark of 0.7707. After a series of tuning trials, the refined XGBoost model processed the training dataset with a final accuracy score of 0.7725. When we applied the last model to Kaggle’s test dataset, the model achieved a ROC score of 0.7832.

CONCLUSION: In this iteration, the XGBoost model appeared to be a suitable algorithm for modeling this dataset.

Dataset Used: Kaggle Tabular Playground Series 2021 Apr Data Set

Dataset ML Model: Regression with numerical and categorical attributes

Dataset Reference: https://www.kaggle.com/c/tabular-playground-series-apr-2021

One potential source of performance benchmarks: https://www.kaggle.com/c/tabular-playground-series-apr-2021/leaderboard

The HTML formatted report can be found here on GitHub.