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SciKit-Learn Laboratory (SKLL) makes it easy to run machine learning experiments.

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SciKit-Learn Laboratory

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This Python package provides command-line utilities to make it easier to run machine learning experiments with scikit-learn. One of the primary goals of our project is to make it so that you can run scikit-learn experiments without actually needing to write any code other than what you used to generate/extract the features.

Installation


You can install using either ``pip`` or ``conda``. See details `here <https://skll.readthedocs.io/en/latest/getting_started.html>`__.

Requirements
  • Python 3.7, 3.8, or 3.9
  • beautifulsoup4 <http://www.crummy.com/software/BeautifulSoup/>__
  • gridmap <https://pypi.org/project/gridmap/>__ (only required if you plan to run things in parallel on a DRMAA-compatible cluster)
  • joblib <https://pypi.org/project/joblib/>__
  • pandas <http://pandas.pydata.org>__
  • ruamel.yaml <http://yaml.readthedocs.io/en/latest/overview.html>__
  • scikit-learn <http://scikit-learn.org/stable/>__
  • seaborn <http://seaborn.pydata.org>__
  • tabulate <https://pypi.org/project/tabulate/>__

Command-line Interface


The main utility we provide is called ``run_experiment`` and it can be used to
easily run a series of learners on datasets specified in a configuration file
like:

.. code:: ini

  [General]
  experiment_name = Titanic_Evaluate_Tuned
  # valid tasks: cross_validate, evaluate, predict, train
  task = evaluate

  [Input]
  # these directories could also be absolute paths
  # (and must be if you're not running things in local mode)
  train_directory = train
  test_directory = dev
  # Can specify multiple sets of feature files that are merged together automatically
  featuresets = [["family.csv", "misc.csv", "socioeconomic.csv", "vitals.csv"]]
  # List of scikit-learn learners to use
  learners = ["RandomForestClassifier", "DecisionTreeClassifier", "SVC", "MultinomialNB"]
  # Column in CSV containing labels to predict
  label_col = Survived
  # Column in CSV containing instance IDs (if any)
  id_col = PassengerId

  [Tuning]
  # Should we tune parameters of all learners by searching provided parameter grids?
  grid_search = true
  # Function to maximize when performing grid search
  objectives = ['accuracy']

  [Output]
  # Also compute the area under the ROC curve as an additional metric
  metrics = ['roc_auc']
  # The following can also be absolute paths
  logs = output
  results = output
  predictions = output
  probability = true
  models = output

For more information about getting started with ``run_experiment``, please check
out `our tutorial <https://skll.readthedocs.org/en/latest/tutorial.html>`__, or
`our config file specs <https://skll.readthedocs.org/en/latest/run_experiment.html>`__.

You can also follow this `interactive Jupyter tutorial <https://mybinder.org/v2/gh/AVajpayeeJr/skll/feature/448-interactive-binder?filepath=examples>`__.

We also provide utilities for:

-  `converting between machine learning toolkit formats <https://skll.readthedocs.org/en/latest/utilities.html#skll-convert>`__
   (e.g., ARFF, CSV)
-  `filtering feature files <https://skll.readthedocs.org/en/latest/utilities.html#filter-features>`__
-  `joining feature files <https://skll.readthedocs.org/en/latest/utilities.html#join-features>`__
-  `other common tasks <https://skll.readthedocs.org/en/latest/utilities.html>`__


Python API
~~~~~~~~~~

If you just want to avoid writing a lot of boilerplate learning code, you can
also use our simple Python API which also supports pandas DataFrames.
The main way you'll want to use the API is through
the ``Learner`` and ``Reader`` classes. For more details on our API, see
`the documentation <https://skll.readthedocs.org/en/latest/api.html>`__.

While our API can be broadly useful, it should be noted that the command-line
utilities are intended as the primary way of using SKLL.  The API is just a nice
side-effect of our developing the utilities.


A Note on Pronunciation

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SciKit-Learn Laboratory (SKLL) is pronounced "skull": that's where the learning happens.

Talks


-  *Simpler Machine Learning with SKLL 1.0*, Dan Blanchard, PyData NYC 2014 (`video <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEo2shBuOrc&feature=youtu.be&t=1s>`__ | `slides <http://www.slideshare.net/DanielBlanchard2/py-data-nyc-2014>`__)
-  *Simpler Machine Learning with SKLL*, Dan Blanchard, PyData NYC 2013 (`video <http://vimeo.com/79511496>`__ | `slides <http://www.slideshare.net/DanielBlanchard2/simple-machine-learning-with-skll>`__)

Citing

If you are using SKLL in your work, you can cite it as follows: "We used scikit-learn (Pedragosa et al, 2011) via the SKLL toolkit (https://github.com/EducationalTestingService/skll)."

Books


SKLL is featured in `Data Science at the Command Line <http://datascienceatthecommandline.com>`__
by `Jeroen Janssens <http://jeroenjanssens.com>`__.

Changelog

See GitHub releases <https://github.com/EducationalTestingService/skll/releases>__.

Contribute


Thank you for your interest in contributing to SKLL! See `CONTRIBUTING.md <https://github.com/EducationalTestingService/skll/blob/main/CONTRIBUTING.md>`__ for instructions on how to get started.

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