The persistence of machine learning models

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The training of Machine models is often a heavy and above all extremely time-consuming task. This is therefore a job that must be able to be serialized somewhere so that programs using it do not have to re-perform this long operation. This is called persistence, and frameworks such as Scikit-Learn, XGBoost and others provide for this type of operation.

With Scikit-Learn

If you are using Scikit-Learn , nothing is easier. you will need to use the dump and load methods and voila. Follow the guide…

First of all we will train a simple model (a good old linear regression):

import pandas as pd
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from sklearn import linear_model
data = pd.read_csv("./data/univariate_linear_regression_dataset.csv")
plt.scatter (data.col2, data.col1)
X = data.col2.values.reshape(-1, 1)
y = data.col1.values.reshape(-1, 1)
regr = linear_model.LinearRegression(), y)

Then we will test our model thus trained with the fit () method


We get a forecast of 22.37707681

Now let’s dump our model. We will thus save it in a file (here myfirstmodel.modele):

from joblib import dump, load
dump(regr, 'monpremiermodele.modele') 

The trained model is thus saved in a binary file. We can now imagine turning off our computer, and turning it back on for example. We will reactivate our model via the load () method combined with the file previously saved on disk:

regr2 = load('monpremiermodele.modele')

If we re-test the prediction with the same value as just after training we get – not by magic – exactly the same result.

As usual you will find the full code on Github .

With XGBoost

We’ve already seen this in the article on XGBoost, but here’s a little recap. The XBoost library (in standalone mode) includes of course the possibility of saving and reloading a model:


Loading a saved model:

boost = xgb.Booster({'nthread': 4}) boost.load_model('titanic.modele')

With CatBoost

We did not mention this aspect there in the article which presented the CatBoost algorithm . We are going to remedy this shortcoming as much as obviously we will still proceed in a different way (well on some details…).

To save a Catboost model:


you will notice that we have many more parameters and therefore possibilities to save the model (format, export of parameters, training data, etc.). Do not hesitate to consult the documentation to see the description of these parameters.

And to reload an existing model (from the file):

from catboost import CatBoostClassifier
clf2 = CatBoostClassifier()
clf2.load_model(fname="catboost.modele", format="cbm")

The nuance here is that it is the model object (clf2) that calls the load_model () method and not the CatBoost object.

And now you will be able to prepare your models to be able to reuse them directly (ie without training) from your programs or API.

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Benoit Cayla

In more than 15 years, I have built-up a solid experience around various integration projects (data & applications). I have, indeed, worked in nine different companies and successively adopted the vision of the service provider, the customer and the software editor. This experience, which made me almost omniscient in my field naturally led me to be involved in large-scale projects around the digitalization of business processes, mainly in such sectors like insurance and finance. Really passionate about AI (Machine Learning, NLP and Deep Learning), I joined Blue Prism in 2019 as a pre-sales solution consultant, where I can combine my subject matter skills with automation to help my customers to automate complex business processes in a more efficient way. In parallel with my professional activity, I run a blog aimed at showing how to understand and analyze data as simply as possible: Learning, convincing by the arguments and passing on my knowledge could be my caracteristic triptych.

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