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3.2.3.3.5. sklearn.ensemble.GradientBoostingClassifier

class sklearn.ensemble.GradientBoostingClassifier(loss='deviance', learning_rate=0.1, n_estimators=100, subsample=1.0, min_samples_split=2, min_samples_leaf=1, max_depth=3, init=None, random_state=None, max_features=None, verbose=0, max_leaf_nodes=None, warm_start=False)

Gradient Boosting for classification.

GB builds an additive model in a forward stage-wise fashion; it allows for the optimization of arbitrary differentiable loss functions. In each stage n_classes_ regression trees are fit on the negative gradient of the binomial or multinomial deviance loss function. Binary classification is a special case where only a single regression tree is induced.

Parameters:

loss : {‘deviance’}, optional (default=’deviance’)

loss function to be optimized. ‘deviance’ refers to deviance (= logistic regression) for classification with probabilistic outputs.

learning_rate : float, optional (default=0.1)

learning rate shrinks the contribution of each tree by learning_rate. There is a trade-off between learning_rate and n_estimators.

n_estimators : int (default=100)

The number of boosting stages to perform. Gradient boosting is fairly robust to over-fitting so a large number usually results in better performance.

max_depth : integer, optional (default=3)

maximum depth of the individual regression estimators. The maximum depth limits the number of nodes in the tree. Tune this parameter for best performance; the best value depends on the interaction of the input variables. Ignored if max_samples_leaf is not None.

min_samples_split : integer, optional (default=2)

The minimum number of samples required to split an internal node.

min_samples_leaf : integer, optional (default=1)

The minimum number of samples required to be at a leaf node.

subsample : float, optional (default=1.0)

The fraction of samples to be used for fitting the individual base learners. If smaller than 1.0 this results in Stochastic Gradient Boosting. subsample interacts with the parameter n_estimators. Choosing subsample < 1.0 leads to a reduction of variance and an increase in bias.

max_features : int, float, string or None, optional (default=”auto”)

The number of features to consider when looking for the best split:
  • If int, then consider max_features features at each split.
  • If float, then max_features is a percentage and int(max_features * n_features) features are considered at each split.
  • If “auto”, then max_features=sqrt(n_features).
  • If “sqrt”, then max_features=sqrt(n_features).
  • If “log2”, then max_features=log2(n_features).
  • If None, then max_features=n_features.

Choosing max_features < n_features leads to a reduction of variance and an increase in bias.

Note: the search for a split does not stop until at least one valid partition of the node samples is found, even if it requires to effectively inspect more than max_features features.

max_leaf_nodes : int or None, optional (default=None)

Grow trees with max_leaf_nodes in best-first fashion. Best nodes are defined as relative reduction in impurity. If None then unlimited number of leaf nodes. If not None then max_depth will be ignored.

init : BaseEstimator, None, optional (default=None)

An estimator object that is used to compute the initial predictions. init has to provide fit and predict. If None it uses loss.init_estimator.

verbose : int, default: 0

Enable verbose output. If 1 then it prints progress and performance once in a while (the more trees the lower the frequency). If greater than 1 then it prints progress and performance for every tree.

warm_start : bool, default: False

When set to True, reuse the solution of the previous call to fit and add more estimators to the ensemble, otherwise, just erase the previous solution.

References

J. Friedman, Greedy Function Approximation: A Gradient Boosting Machine, The Annals of Statistics, Vol. 29, No. 5, 2001.

  1. Friedman, Stochastic Gradient Boosting, 1999

T. Hastie, R. Tibshirani and J. Friedman. Elements of Statistical Learning Ed. 2, Springer, 2009.

Attributes

feature_importances_ array, shape = [n_features] The feature importances (the higher, the more important the feature).
oob_improvement_ array, shape = [n_estimators] The improvement in loss (= deviance) on the out-of-bag samples relative to the previous iteration. oob_improvement_[0] is the improvement in loss of the first stage over the init estimator.
oob_score_ array, shape = [n_estimators] Score of the training dataset obtained using an out-of-bag estimate. The i-th score oob_score_[i] is the deviance (= loss) of the model at iteration i on the out-of-bag sample. Deprecated: use oob_improvement_ instead.
train_score_ array, shape = [n_estimators] The i-th score train_score_[i] is the deviance (= loss) of the model at iteration i on the in-bag sample. If subsample == 1 this is the deviance on the training data.
loss_ LossFunction The concrete LossFunction object.
init BaseEstimator The estimator that provides the initial predictions. Set via the init argument or loss.init_estimator.
estimators_: list of DecisionTreeRegressor   The collection of fitted sub-estimators.

Methods

decision_function(X) Compute the decision function of X.
fit(X, y[, monitor]) Fit the gradient boosting model.
fit_transform(X[, y]) Fit to data, then transform it.
get_params([deep]) Get parameters for this estimator.
predict(X) Predict class for X.
predict_proba(X) Predict class probabilities for X.
score(X, y[, sample_weight]) Returns the mean accuracy on the given test data and labels.
set_params(**params) Set the parameters of this estimator.
staged_decision_function(X) Compute decision function of X for each iteration.
staged_predict(X) Predict classes at each stage for X.
staged_predict_proba(X) Predict class probabilities at each stage for X.
transform(X[, threshold]) Reduce X to its most important features.
__init__(loss='deviance', learning_rate=0.1, n_estimators=100, subsample=1.0, min_samples_split=2, min_samples_leaf=1, max_depth=3, init=None, random_state=None, max_features=None, verbose=0, max_leaf_nodes=None, warm_start=False)
decision_function(X)

Compute the decision function of X.

Parameters:

X : array-like of shape = [n_samples, n_features]

The input samples.

Returns:

score : array, shape = [n_samples, k]

The decision function of the input samples. The order of the classes corresponds to that in the attribute classes_. Regression and binary classification are special cases with k == 1, otherwise k==n_classes.

feature_importances_
Return the feature importances (the higher, the more important the
feature).
Returns:feature_importances_ : array, shape = [n_features]
fit(X, y, monitor=None)

Fit the gradient boosting model.

Parameters:

X : array-like, shape = [n_samples, n_features]

Training vectors, where n_samples is the number of samples and n_features is the number of features.

y : array-like, shape = [n_samples]

Target values (integers in classification, real numbers in regression) For classification, labels must correspond to classes 0, 1, ..., n_classes_-1.

monitor : callable, optional

The monitor is called after each iteration with the current iteration, a reference to the estimator and the local variables of _fit_stages as keyword arguments callable(i, self, locals()). If the callable returns True the fitting procedure is stopped. The monitor can be used for various things such as computing held-out estimates, early stopping, model introspect, and snapshoting.

Returns:

self : object

Returns self.

fit_transform(X, y=None, **fit_params)

Fit to data, then transform it.

Fits transformer to X and y with optional parameters fit_params and returns a transformed version of X.

Parameters:

X : numpy array of shape [n_samples, n_features]

Training set.

y : numpy array of shape [n_samples]

Target values.

Returns:

X_new : numpy array of shape [n_samples, n_features_new]

Transformed array.

get_params(deep=True)

Get parameters for this estimator.

Parameters:

deep: boolean, optional :

If True, will return the parameters for this estimator and contained subobjects that are estimators.

Returns:

params : mapping of string to any

Parameter names mapped to their values.

predict(X)

Predict class for X.

Parameters:

X : array-like of shape = [n_samples, n_features]

The input samples.

Returns:

y : array of shape = [n_samples]

The predicted classes.

predict_proba(X)

Predict class probabilities for X.

Parameters:

X : array-like of shape = [n_samples, n_features]

The input samples.

Returns:

p : array of shape = [n_samples]

The class probabilities of the input samples. The order of the classes corresponds to that in the attribute classes_.

score(X, y, sample_weight=None)

Returns the mean accuracy on the given test data and labels.

Parameters:

X : array-like, shape = (n_samples, n_features)

Test samples.

y : array-like, shape = (n_samples,)

True labels for X.

sample_weight : array-like, shape = [n_samples], optional

Sample weights.

Returns:

score : float

Mean accuracy of self.predict(X) wrt. y.

set_params(**params)

Set the parameters of this estimator.

The method works on simple estimators as well as on nested objects (such as pipelines). The former have parameters of the form <component>__<parameter> so that it’s possible to update each component of a nested object.

Returns:self :
staged_decision_function(X)

Compute decision function of X for each iteration.

This method allows monitoring (i.e. determine error on testing set) after each stage.

Parameters:

X : array-like of shape = [n_samples, n_features]

The input samples.

Returns:

score : generator of array, shape = [n_samples, k]

The decision function of the input samples. The order of the classes corresponds to that in the attribute classes_. Regression and binary classification are special cases with k == 1, otherwise k==n_classes.

staged_predict(X)

Predict classes at each stage for X.

This method allows monitoring (i.e. determine error on testing set) after each stage.

Parameters:

X : array-like of shape = [n_samples, n_features]

The input samples.

Returns:

y : array of shape = [n_samples]

The predicted value of the input samples.

staged_predict_proba(X)

Predict class probabilities at each stage for X.

This method allows monitoring (i.e. determine error on testing set) after each stage.

Parameters:

X : array-like of shape = [n_samples, n_features]

The input samples.

Returns:

y : array of shape = [n_samples]

The predicted value of the input samples.

transform(X, threshold=None)

Reduce X to its most important features.

Parameters:

X : array or scipy sparse matrix of shape [n_samples, n_features]

The input samples.

threshold : string, float or None, optional (default=None)

The threshold value to use for feature selection. Features whose importance is greater or equal are kept while the others are discarded. If “median” (resp. “mean”), then the threshold value is the median (resp. the mean) of the feature importances. A scaling factor (e.g., “1.25*mean”) may also be used. If None and if available, the object attribute threshold is used. Otherwise, “mean” is used by default.

Returns:

X_r : array of shape [n_samples, n_selected_features]

The input samples with only the selected features.

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