Python??

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So I didn’t really know what language to learn first, but I came across interesting machine learning use cases that I wanted to focus on.  These include supervised learning and unsupervised learning and projects such as a movie recommendation engine, house price prediction, human activity prediction, and credit card fraud detection.  These projects are actually all included in a course from Columbia University, but I don’t think I’ll enroll in it.  But the brochure indicated that all these use cases would use Python to perform the necessary functions.  So Python it is!  I might use the brochure as a guideline to find free projects.

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There are many free resources out there to learn Python.  Here are a few.  I’ll probably go through these in the order below.

First things first, understanding AI business applications

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To further my understanding of AI and business uses, I started to do research both in the legal vertical and others.  Although there are many resources available for free, I felt that a structured course would be better for me because of my demanding schedule.  I had taken online courses through Coursera (business analytics with UPenn’s Wharton School of Business) and felt comfortable with the format.  Online learning is not for everyone, but I like the flexibility, the quality of the videos, and the structured lessons plans and assignments.  Most online learning platforms also offer discussion boards to foster collaboration with fellow students and instructors.  However, the boards for the Wharton Coursera online courses were rarely used.  The Coursera courses are a good deal though, as  you pay a monthly fee of about $70 and you can go through the materials as quickly as you’d like.

The business analytics program gave me further insight into much of the work we’re doing right now, which is mostly descriptive and diagnostic in nature.  To learn how to code and AI applications to get to investigate predictive and prescriptive use cases, I felt I needed to look for more information.  While Coursera has AI courses as well, I felt that the class participation was lacking.  In business school, one of the most valuable experiences I had was working with others from different backgrounds.  I decided to enroll in the Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy Program with MIT, which started last week.  I will be reporting on that progress soon!

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The Journey Begins

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Hi!  My is Johan and I am starting this blog to chronicle my journey in learning how to code and apply machine learning and AI to the practice of law.  I was a practicing attorney for about 8 years at various firms in Philadelphia.  My first non-practicing job was a gig as an innovation analyst at a multinational law firm.  Since then I’ve been involved in many legal tech and innovation projects.  Here’s my LinkedIn page, if you’re interested and check out my About page for fun facts.

I’m proficient in HTML and SQL, but I’d like to learn how to code in earnest and discover machine learning applications in both the practice and business of law.  I currently lead our data science team for the Information Governance group and serve as the liaison between the data scientists and the business.  I’d like to get my hands dirty a bit more with the nitty gritty tasks.  I’m also a Star Wars geek and like tech gadgets.  I might insert some blog posts surrounding those topics as well…

Hope you will find this blog helpful!

May the Force be with you,

Johan Solo

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