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Machine Learning Using SAS(R) Viya(R)

Course Details
Code: CPML8I
Tuition (USD): $1,300.00 • Classroom (2 days)

This course covers the theoretical foundation for different techniques associated with supervised machine learning models. A series of demonstrations and exercises is used to reinforce all the concepts and the analytical approach to solving business problems. In addition, a business case study is defined to guide participants through all steps of the analytical life cycle, from problem understanding to model deployment, through data preparation, feature selection, model training and validation, and model assessment. This course is the core of the SAS Viya Data Mining and Machine Learning curriculum. It uses Model Studio, the pipeline flow interface in SAS Viya that enables you to prepare, develop, compare, and deploy advanced analytics models. You learn to train supervised machine learning models to make better decisions on big data.

Skills Gained

  • apply the analytical life cycle to business need
  • incorporate a business-problem-solving approach in daily activities
  • prepare and explore data for analytical model development
  • create and select features for predictive modeling
  • develop a series of supervised learning models based on different techniques such as decision tree, ensemble of trees (forest and gradient boosting), neural networks, and support vector machines.
  • evaluate and select the best model based on business needs
  • deploy and manage analytical models under production.

Who Can Benefit

  • Business analysts, data analysts, marketing analysts, marketing managers, data scientists, data engineers, financial analysts, data miners, statisticians, mathematicians, and others who work in correlated areas


  • Before attending this course, participants should have at least an introductory-level familiarity with basic statistics. Previous SAS software experience is helpful but not required.

Course Details


  • machine learning in business decision making
  • essentials of supervised prediction
  • introduction to SAS Viya

Data Preparation

  • data exploration
  • feature extraction
  • input transformations
  • feature selection
  • variable clustering (self-study)
  • best practices

Decision Trees and Ensembles of Trees

  • introduction
  • tree-structure models
  • recursive partitioning
  • pruning
  • ensemble of trees

Neural Networks

  • introduction
  • network architecture
  • learning

Support Vector Machines and Additional Topics

  • large-margin linear classifier
  • methods of solution
  • nonlinear classifier:Kernel Trick
  • selecting your algorithm
  • additional tools

Model Assessment and Deployment

  • model assessment and comparison
  • model deployment
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