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Machine Learning Automation at Farmers Insurance

Machine Learning Automation at Farmers Insurance

This presentation promises a one-two punch.  You will hear both about best practices in managing a large scale predictive analytics team at a major insurer and also about one of the most interesting innovations now emerging in data science, Automated Machine Learning (AML).

Our speaker is Scot Barton, Head of Commercial R&D at Farmers Insurance in Woodland Hills, where he leads a team of Data Scientist solving business problems through advanced analysis and predictive models.  Not only has he distilled and will share many best practice lessons about managing a large data science team but he is also an early adopter of the DataRobot platform, one of the leading automated machine learning platforms. 

Automated Machine Learning (AML) is a newer term in modeling, and rings true in the age of "better, faster, stronger" where we see increased automation in almost every industry / process. During the talk Scot will share some of the basic problems in a typical modeling project that AML can help solve, and discuss the benefits of AML.  He will also share specific automation best practice steps on modeling projects that you can use on your next modeling project.  Finally there will be a demo of the DataRobot platform Farmers uses to greatly enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their data science team.  Discussion is encouraged as we all learn how to be the most valuable data scientists possible.

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Important

Note that this is scheduled for WEDNESDAY December 13, not our usual Tuesday schedule.

About our Speaker

Scot Barton is the Head of Commercial R&D at Farmers Insurance in Woodland Hills, where he leads a team of Data Scientist solving business problems through advanced analysis and predictive models.  During his 7 years at Farmers he has lead analytical teams in Claims and Commercial Insurance to help drive business value for our Agents and customers.  Before Farmers, Mr. Barton worked in Business and Technology consulting and in Business Intelligence solutions.  Scot holds his degree from Northwestern University and makes his home here in Thousand Oaks.