Advanced WhizzML Workflows

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WhizzML is a domain-specific language for automating Machine Learning workflows, implement high-level Machine Learning algorithms, and easily share them with others. WhizzML offers out-of-the-box scalability, abstracts away the complexity of underlying infrastructure, and helps analysts, developers, and scientists reduce the burden of repetitive and time-consuming analytics tasks.

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Advanced WhizzML Workflows

  1. 1. Advanced WhizzML Workflows The BigML Team May 2016 The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 1 / 34
  2. 2. Outline 1 Introduction 2 Advanced Workflows 3 A WhizzML Implementation of Best-first Feature Selection 4 Even More Workflows! 5 Stacked Generalization in WhizzML 6 A Brief Look at Gradient Boosting in WhizzML 7 Wrapping Up The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 2 / 34
  3. 3. Outline 1 Introduction 2 Advanced Workflows 3 A WhizzML Implementation of Best-first Feature Selection 4 Even More Workflows! 5 Stacked Generalization in WhizzML 6 A Brief Look at Gradient Boosting in WhizzML 7 Wrapping Up The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 3 / 34
  4. 4. What Do We Know About WhizzML? • It’s a complete programming language • Machine learning “operations” are first-class • Those operations are performed in BigML’s backend One-line of code to perform API requests We get scale “for free” • Everything is Composable Functions Libraries The Web Interface The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 4 / 34
  5. 5. What Can We Do With It? • Non-trivial Model Selection n-fold cross validation Comparison of model types (tree, ensemble, logistic) • Automation of Drudgery One-click retraining/validation Standarized dataset transformations / cleaning • Sure, but what else? The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 5 / 34
  6. 6. Outline 1 Introduction 2 Advanced Workflows 3 A WhizzML Implementation of Best-first Feature Selection 4 Even More Workflows! 5 Stacked Generalization in WhizzML 6 A Brief Look at Gradient Boosting in WhizzML 7 Wrapping Up The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 6 / 34
  7. 7. Algorithms as Workflows • Many ML algorithms can be thought of as workflows • In these algorithms, machine learning operations are the primitives Make a model Make a prediction Evaluate a model • Many such algorithms can be implemented in WhizzML Reap the advantages of BigML’s infrastructure Once implemented, it is language-agnostic The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 7 / 34
  8. 8. Examples: Best-first Feature Selection Objective: Select the n best features for modeling your data • Initialize a set S of used features as the empty set • Split your dataset into training and test sets • For i in 1 . . . n For each feature f not in S, model and evaluate with feature set S + f Greedily select ˆf, the feature with the best performance and set S ← S + ˆf https://github.com/whizzml/examples/tree/master/best-first The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 8 / 34
  9. 9. Outline 1 Introduction 2 Advanced Workflows 3 A WhizzML Implementation of Best-first Feature Selection 4 Even More Workflows! 5 Stacked Generalization in WhizzML 6 A Brief Look at Gradient Boosting in WhizzML 7 Wrapping Up The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 9 / 34
  10. 10. Modeling First, construct a bunch of models. selected is the features that have already been selected, and potentials are the candidates we might select on this iteration. (define (make-models dataset-id obj-field selected potentials) (let (model-req {"dataset" dataset-id "objective_field" obj-field} make-req (lambda (fid) (assoc model-req "input_fields" (cons fid selected))) all-reqs (map make-req potentials)) (create-and-wait* "model" all-reqs))) The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 10 / 34
  11. 11. Evaluation Now, conduct the evaluations. potentials is again the list of potential features to add, and model-ids is the list of corresponding model-ids created in the last step. (define (select-feature test-dataset-id potentials model-ids) (let (eval-req {"dataset" test-dataset-id} make-req (lambda (mid) (assoc eval-req "model" mid)) all-reqs (map make-req model-ids) evs (map fetch (create-and-wait* "evaluation" all-reqs)) vs (map (lambda (ev) (get-in ev ["result" "model" "average_phi"])) evs) value-map (make-map potentials vs) ;; e.g, {"000000" 0.8 "0000001" 0.7} max-val (get-max vs) choose-best (lambda (id) (if (= max-val (get value-map id)) id false))) (some choose-best potentials))) The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 11 / 34
  12. 12. Main Loop The main loop of the algorithm. Set up your objective id, inputs, and training and test dataset. Initialize the selected features to the empty set and iteratively call the previous two functions. (define (select-features dataset-id nfeatures) (let (obj-id (dataset-get-objective-id dataset-id) input-ids (default-inputs dataset-id obj-id) splits (split-dataset dataset-id 0.5) train-id (nth splits 0) test-id (nth splits 1)) (loop (selected [] potentials input-ids) (if (or (>= (count selected) nfeatures) (empty? potentials)) (feature-names dataset-id selected) (let (model-ids (make-models dataset-id obj-id selected potentials) next-feat (select-feature test-id potentials model-ids)) (recur (cons next-feat selected) (filter (lambda (id) (not (= id next-feat))) potentials))))))) The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 12 / 34
  13. 13. Outline 1 Introduction 2 Advanced Workflows 3 A WhizzML Implementation of Best-first Feature Selection 4 Even More Workflows! 5 Stacked Generalization in WhizzML 6 A Brief Look at Gradient Boosting in WhizzML 7 Wrapping Up The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 13 / 34
  14. 14. Examples: Stacked Generalization Objective: Improve predictions by modeling the output scores of multiple trained models. • Create a training and a holdout set • Create n different models on the training set (with some difference among them; e.g., single-tree vs. ensemble vs. logistic regression) • Make predictions from those models on the holdout set • Train a model to predict the class based on the other models’ predictions The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 14 / 34
  15. 15. Examples: Randomized Parameter Optimization Objective: Find the best set of parameters for a machine learning algorithm • Do: Generate a random set of parameters for an ML algorithm Do 10-fold cross-validation with those parameters • Until you get a set of parameters that performs “well” or you get bored The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 15 / 34
  16. 16. Examples: SMACdown Objective: Find the best set of parameters even more quickly! • Do: Generate several random sets of parameters for an ML algorithm Do 10-fold cross-validation with those parameters Learn a predictive model to predict performance from parameter values Use the model to help you select the next set of parameters to evaluate • Until you get a set of parameters that performs “well” or you get bored Coming soon to a WhizzML gallery near you! The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 16 / 34
  17. 17. Examples: Boosting • General idea: Iteratively model the dataset Each iteration is trained on the mistakes of previous iterations Said another way, the objective changes each iteration The final model is a summation of all iterations • Lots of variations on this theme Adaboost Logitboost Martingale Boosting Gradient Boosting • Let’s take a look at a WhizzML implementation of the latter The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 17 / 34
  18. 18. Outline 1 Introduction 2 Advanced Workflows 3 A WhizzML Implementation of Best-first Feature Selection 4 Even More Workflows! 5 Stacked Generalization in WhizzML 6 A Brief Look at Gradient Boosting in WhizzML 7 Wrapping Up The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 18 / 34
  19. 19. A Stacked generalization library: creating the stack ;; Splits the given dataset, using half of it to create ;; an heterogeneous collection of models and the other ;; half to train a tree that predicts based on those other ;; models predictions. Returns a map with the collection ;; of models (under the key "models") and the meta-prediction ;; as the value of the key "metamodel". The key "result" ;; has as value a boolean flag indicating whether the ;; process was successful. (define (make-stack dataset-id) (let (ids (split-dataset-and-wait dataset-id 0.5) train-id (nth ids 0) hold-id (nth ids 1) models (create-stack-models train-id) id (create-stack-predictions models hold-id) orig-fields (model-inputs (head models)) obj-id (dataset-get-objective-id train-id) meta-id (create-and-wait-model {"dataset" id "excluded_fields" orig-fields "objective_field" obj-id}) success? (resource-done? (fetch meta-id))) {"models" models "metamodel" meta-id "result" success?})) The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 19 / 34
  20. 20. A Stacked generalization library: using the stack ;; Use the models and metamodels computed by make-stack ;; to make a prediction on the input-data map. Returns ;; the identifier of the prediction object. (define (make-stack-prediction models meta-model input-data) (let (preds (map (lambda (m) (create-prediction {"model" m "input_data" input-data})) models) preds (map (lambda (p) (head (values (get (fetch p) "prediction")))) preds) meta-input (make-map (model-inputs meta-model) preds)) (create-prediction {"model" meta-model "input_data" meta-input}))) The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 20 / 34
  21. 21. A Stacked generalization library: auxiliary functions ;; Extract for a batchpredction its associated dataset of results (define (batch-dataset id) (wait-forever (get (fetch id) "output_dataset_resource"))) ;; Create a batchprediction for the given model and datasets, ;; with a map of additional options and using defaults appropriate ;; for model stacking (define (make-batch ds-id mod-id opts) (create-batchprediction (merge {"all_fields" true "output_dataset" true "dataset" ds-id "model" (wait-forever mod-id)} {}))) ;; Auxiliary function extracting the model_inputs of a model (define (model-inputs mod-id) (get (fetch mod-id) "input_fields")) The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 21 / 34
  22. 22. A Stacked generalization library: creating the stack ;; Splits the given dataset, using half of it to create ;; an heterogeneous collection of models and the other ;; half to train a tree that predicts based on those other ;; models predictions. Returns a map with the collection ;; of models (under the key "models") and the meta-prediction ;; as the value of the key "metamodel". The key "result" ;; has as value a boolean flag indicating whether the ;; process was successful. (define (make-stack dataset-id) (let (ids (split-dataset-and-wait dataset-id 0.5) train-id (nth ids 0) hold-id (nth ids 1) models (create-stack-models train-id) id (create-stack-predictions models hold-id) orig-fields (model-inputs (head models)) obj-id (dataset-get-objective-id train-id) meta-id (create-and-wait-model {"dataset" id "excluded_fields" orig-fields "objective_field" obj-id}) success? (resource-done? (fetch meta-id))) {"models" models "metamodel" meta-id "result" success?})) The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 22 / 34
  23. 23. Library-based scripts Script for creating the models (define stack (make-stack dataset-id)) Script for predictions using the stack (define (make-prediction exec-id input-data) (let (exec (fetch exec-id) stack (nth (head (get-in exec ["execution" "outputs"])) 1) models (get stack "models") metamodel (get stack "metamodel")) (when (get stack "result") (try (make-stack-prediction models metamodel {}) (catch e (log-info "Error: " e) false))))) (define prediction-id (make-prediction exec-id input-data)) (define prediction (when prediction-id (fetch prediction-id))) https://github.com/whizzml/examples/tree/master/stacked-generalizati The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 23 / 34
  24. 24. Outline 1 Introduction 2 Advanced Workflows 3 A WhizzML Implementation of Best-first Feature Selection 4 Even More Workflows! 5 Stacked Generalization in WhizzML 6 A Brief Look at Gradient Boosting in WhizzML 7 Wrapping Up The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 24 / 34
  25. 25. The Main Loop • Given the currently predicted class probablilities, compute a gradient step that will push those probabilities in the right direction • Learn regression trees to represent this step over the training set • Make a prediction with each tree • Sum this prediction with all gradient steps so far to get a set of scores for each point in the training data (one score for each class) • Apply the softmax function to these sums to get a set of class probabilities for each point. • Iterate! Clone it here: https://github.com/whizzml/examples/tree/master/gradient-boosting The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 25 / 34
  26. 26. What will this look like in WhizzML? • Several things here are machine learning operations Constructing gradient models Making predictions • But several are not Summing the gradient steps Computing softmax probabilities Computing gradients • We don’t want to do those things locally (data size, resource concerns) • Can we do these things on BigML’s infrastructure? The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 26 / 34
  27. 27. Compute Gradients From Probabilities • Let’s just focus on computing the gradients for a moment • Get the predictions from the previous iteration The sum of all of the previous gradient steps is stored in a column If this is the first iteration, assume the uniform distribution • Gradient for class k is just y − p(k) where y is 1 if the point’s class is k and 0 otherwise. The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 27 / 34
  28. 28. Computing Gradients Features Class Matrix Current Probs 0.2 10 1 0 0 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.3 12 0 1 0 0.4 0.4 0.2 0.15 10 1 0 0 0.8 0.1 0.1 0.3 -5 0 0 1 0.2 0.3 0.5 The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 28 / 34
  29. 29. Computing Gradients Features Class Matrix Current Probs Gradients 0.2 10 1 0 0 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.4 -0.3 0.1 0.3 12 0 1 0 0.4 0.4 0.2 -0.4 0.6 -0.2 0.15 10 1 0 0 0.8 0.1 0.1 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.3 -5 0 0 1 0.2 0.3 0.5 -0.2 -0.3 0.5 The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 29 / 34
  30. 30. Aside: WhizzML + Flatline • How can we do computations on the data? Use Flatline: A language for data manipulation Executed in BigML as a Dataset Transformation https://github.com/bigmlcom/flatline/blob/master/ user-manual.md • Benefits Abitrary operations on the data are now API calls Computational details are taken care of Upload your data once, do anything to it • Flatline is a First-class Citizen of WhizzML The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 30 / 34
  31. 31. Creating a new feature in Flatline • We need to subtract one column value from another • Flatline provides the f operator to get a named field value from any row (- (f "actual") (f "predicted")) • But remember, if we have n classes, we also have n gradients to construct! • Enter WhizzML! The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 31 / 34
  32. 32. Compute Gradients: Code (define (compute-gradient dataset nclasses iteration) (let (next-names (grad-names nclasses iteration) preds (if (> iteration 0) (map (lambda (n) (flatline "(f {{n}})")) (softmax-names nclasses iteration)) (repeat nclasses (str (/ 1 nclasses)))) tns (truth-names nclasses) fexp (lambda (idx) (let (actual (nth tns idx) predicted (nth preds idx)) (flatline "(- (f {{actual}}) {predicted})"))) new-fields (make-fields next-names (map fexp (range nclasses)))) (add-fields dataset new-fields []))) The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 32 / 34
  33. 33. Outline 1 Introduction 2 Advanced Workflows 3 A WhizzML Implementation of Best-first Feature Selection 4 Even More Workflows! 5 Stacked Generalization in WhizzML 6 A Brief Look at Gradient Boosting in WhizzML 7 Wrapping Up The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 33 / 34
  34. 34. What Have We Learned? • You can implement workflows of arbitrary complexity with WhizzML • The power of WhizzML with Flatline • Editorial: The Commodification of Machine Learning Algorithms Every language has it’s own ML algorithms now With WhizzML, implement once and use anywhere Never worry about architecture again The BigML Team Advanced WhizzML Workflows May 2016 34 / 34

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