XGBoost With Python
Discover The Algorithm That Is Winning Machine Learning Competitions
XGBoost is the dominant technique for predictive modeling on regular data.
The gradient boosting algorithm is the top technique on a wide range of predictive modeling problems, and XGBoost is the fastest implementation. When asked, the best machine learning competitors in the world recommend using XGBoost.
In this new Ebook written in the friendly Machine Learning Mastery style that you’re used to, learn exactly how to get started and bring XGBoost to your own machine learning projects. After purchasing you will get:
- Read on all devices: English PDF format EBook, no DRM.
- Tons of tutorials: 30 step-by-step lessons, 115 pages.
- Working code: 31 Python (.py) code files included.
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Why Is XGBoost So Powerful?
… the secret is its “speed” and “model performance”
The Gradient Boosting algorithm has been around since 1999. So why is it so popular right now?
The reason is that we now have machines fast enough and enough data to really make this algorithm shine.
Academics and researchers knew it was a dominant algorithm, more powerful than random forest, but few people in industry knew about it.
This was due to two main reasons:
- The implementations of gradient boosting in R and Python were not really developed for performance and hence took a long time to train even modest sized models.
- Because of the lack of attention on the algorithm, there were few good heuristics on which parameters to tune and how to tune them.
Naive implementations are slow, because the algorithm requires one tree to be created at a time to attempt to correct the errors of all previous trees in the model.
This sequential procedure results in models with really great predictive capability, but can be very slow to train when hundreds or thousands of trees need to be created from large datasets.
XGBoost Changed Everything
XGBoost was developed by Tianqi Chen and collaborators for speed and performance.
Tianqi is a top machine learning researcher, so he knows deeply how the algorithm works. He is also a very good engineer, so he knows how to build high-quality software.
This combination allowed him to combine his talents and re-frame the interns of the gradient boosting algorithm in such a way that it can exploit the full potential of the memory and CPU cores of your hardware.
In XGBoost, individual trees are created using multiple cores and data is organized to minimize the lookup times, all good computer science tips and tricks.
The result is an implementation of gradient boosting in the XGBoost library that can be configured to squeeze the best performance from your machine, whilst offering all of the knobs and dials to tune the behavior of the algorithm to your specific problem.
This Power Did Not Go Unnoticed
Soon after the release of XGBoost, top machine learning competitors started using it.
More than that, they started winning competitions on sites like Kaggle. And they were not shy about sharing the news about XGBoost.
For example, here are some quotes from top Kaggle competitors:
As the winner of an increasing amount of Kaggle competitions, XGBoost showed us again to be a great all-round algorithm worth having in your toolbox.
— Dato Winners’ Interview, Mad Professors
I only used XGBoost.
— Liberty Mutual Property Inspection Winner’s Interview, Qingchen Wang
In fact, the formally ranked #1 Kaggle competitor in the world, Owen Zhang, strongly encourages the use of XGBoost:
When in doubt, use xgboost.
— Avito Winner’s Interview, Owen Zhang
XGBoost is a powerhouse when it comes to developing predictive models.
So how do you get started using it?
How Do You Get Started Using XGBoost
…be systematic and develop a new core skill
The Slow Way
The way that most people get started with XGBoost is the slow way.
- They try and find and read all of the official documentation for the library.
- Next, they try to adapt demos and examples to their problem.
The problem is they don’t even know anything about the underlying algorithm that XGBoost implements. Therefore, they don’t know what parameters to tune to best adapt the algorithm to their problem.
They most definitely don’t know about the full capabilities of the library.
This is the slow and frustrating way to get started with XGBoost, and sadly it is the most common.
The Fast Way
Knowing that things can be different, you can see the faster path:
- Learn something about the underlying algorithm so you know how to configure it.
- Learn about the suite of key features supported by the library.
- Practice using features of the library on small well understood problems.
- Get started applying XGBoost to your own problem.
This will cut the time taken in going from beginner to proficient practitioner by a factor of 2x or 4x if not more.
You also get the benefits of really knowing how to wield XGBoost in a range of different situations.
But you still have to find and gather all of the materials together yourself, and then study them.
The Best Way
There is an even faster way:
- Find an expert who has actually done all of the research and who has actually use XGBoost on real problems.
- Have them prepare the materials for you to study.
In addition to saving you a lot of wasteful time researching algorithm and library details, this approach can speed up the learning process by giving you access to:
- Tips and tricks to get past roadblocks and get the most from the algorithm.
- Code examples that work, can be run immediately and can provide templates for your own problems.
- An expert who can answer questions and point you to the best results to learn more.
If you want to get started with XGBoost, then you are in the right place.
Introducing “XGBoost With Python”
…your ticket to developing and tuning XGBoost models
This book was designed using for you as a developer to rapidly get up to speed with applying Gradient Boosting in Python using the best-of-breed library XGBoost.
The Ebook uses a step-by-step tutorial approach throughout to help you focus on getting results in your projects and delivering value.
The goal is to get you up to speed on gradient boosting and XGBoost to quickly create your first gradient boosting model as fast as possible, then guide you through the finer points of the library and tuning your models.
This Ebook is your guide to developing and tuning XGBoost models on your own machine learning projects.
Let’s take a closer look at the breakdown of what you will discover inside this Ebook.
Everything You Need To Know to Develop XGBoost Model in Python
This Ebook designed to get you up and running with XGBoost as fast as possible.
As such, a series of step-by-step tutorial based lessons was designed to lead you from XGBoost beginner to being an effective XGBoost practitioner.
Below is an overview of the step-by-step lessons on XGBoost you will complete divided into three parts:
Part 1: XGBoost Basics
- Lesson 01: A Gentle Introduction to Gradient Boosting.
- Lesson 02: A Gentle Introduction to XGBoost.
- Lesson 03: How to Develop your First XGBoost Model in Python.
- Lesson 04: How to Best Prepare Data For Use With XGBoost.
- Lesson 05: How to Evaluate the Performance of Models.
- Lesson 06: How to Visualize Individual Decision Trees in XGBoost.
Part 2: XGBoost Advanced
- Lesson 07: How to Save And Load XGBoost Models.
- Lesson 08: How to Review and Use Feature Importance.
- Lesson 09: How to Monitor Performing and Use Early Stopping.
- Lesson 10: How to Configure XGBoost for Multithreading.
- Lesson 11: How to Develop Large XGBoost models in the Cloud.
Part 3: XGBoost Tuning
- Lesson 12: Best Practices When Configuring XGBoost.
- Lesson 13: How to Tune the Number and Size of Decision Trees.
- Lesson 14: How to Tune Learning Rate and Number of Trees.
- Lesson 15: How to Tune Sampling in Stochastic Gradient Boosting.
Each lesson was designed to be completed in about 30 minutes by the average developer
Here’s Everything You’ll Get…
in XGBoost With Python
A digital download that contains everything you need, including:
- Clear algorithm descriptions that help you to understand the principles that underlie the technique.
- Step-by-step XGBoost tutorials to show you exactly how to apply each method.
- Python source code recipes for every example in the book so that you can run the tutorial and project code in seconds.
- Digital Ebook in PDF format so that you can have the book open side-by-side with the code and see exactly how each example works.
The XGBoost basics to get you started and build a foundation, including:
- The gradient boosting algorithm description and the 4 extensions that improve performance.
- The XGBoost implementation of gradient boosting and the key differences that make it so fast.
- The application of XGBoost to a simple predictive modeling problem, step-by-step.
- The 2 important steps in data preparation you must know when using XGBoost with scikit-learn.
- The surprising automatic handling of missing values and how it compares to imputing values manually.
- The 2 ways to estimate model performance of XGBoost models with scikit-learn.
- The visualization of individual trees within a trained XGBoost model.
Advanced Usage and Tuning
The advanced XGBoost usage to speed-up your own projects, including:
- The 2 techniques to save a trained XGBoost model and later load it to make predictions on new data.
- The calculation of feature importance scores and the 2 ways to plot the results.
- The diagnostics of plotting learning curves from XGBoost models and how to stop training early.
- The multithreading support of XGBoost and how to best harness this feature when parallelizing models.
- The use of Amazon cloud computing to speed up the training of very large XGBoost models using lots of CPU cores.
The important XGBoost model tuning steps needed to get the best results, including:
- The expert best practices that you need to know when tuning gradient boosting models.
- The balance between the size and number of decision trees when tuning XGBoost models.
- The slowing down of learning during training with learning rate and the impact on the number of trees.
- The careful use of random sampling of rows and columns in tree construction and how this affects the mean and variance of performance.
Resources you need to go deeper, when you need to, including:
- Top machine learning textbooks and the specific chapters that discuss gradient boosting to deepen your understanding, if you crave more.
- Seminal gradient boosting papers by the experts and links to download the PDF versions.
- The best places online where you can find more details about the XGBoost library.
What More Do You Need?
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BONUS: XGBoost Python Code Recipes
…you also get 30 fully working XGBoost scripts
Each recipe presented in the book is standalone, meaning that you can copy and paste it into your project and use it immediately.
- You get one Python script (.py) for each example provided in the book.
- You get the datasets used throughout the book.
Your XGBoost Code Recipe Library covers the following topics:
- Binary Classification
- Multiclass Classification
- One Hot Encoding
- k-fold Cross Validation
- Train-Test Splits
- Tree Visualization
- Model Serialization
- Feature Importance Scoring
- Feature Selection
- Early Stopping
- Multicore and Multithreaded Configuration
- Grid Search Hyperparameter Tuning
This means that you can follow along and compare your answers to a known working implementation of each algorithm in the provided Python files.
This helps a lot to speed up your progress when working through the details of a specific task.
About The Author
Hi, I'm Jason Brownlee. I run this site and I wrote and published this book.
I live in Australia with my wife and sons. I love to read books, write tutorials, and develop systems.
I have a computer science and software engineering background as well as Masters and PhD degrees in Artificial Intelligence with a focus on stochastic optimization.
I've written books on algorithms, won and ranked well in competitions, consulted for startups, and spent years in industry. (Yes, I have spend a long time building and maintaining REAL operational systems!)
I get a lot of satisfaction helping developers get started and get really good at applied machine learning.
I teach an unconventional top-down and results-first approach to machine learning where we start by working through tutorials and problems, then later wade into theory as we need it.
I'm here to help if you ever have any questions. I want you to be awesome at machine learning.
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What order should you read the books?
That is a great question, my best suggestions are as follows:
- Consider starting with a book on a topic that you are most excited about.
- Consider starting with a book on a topic that you can apply on a project immediately.
Also, consider that you don’t need to read all of the books, perhaps a subset of the books will get you the skills you need or want.
Nevertheless, one suggested order for reading the books is as follows:
- Probability for Machine Learning
- Statistical Methods for Machine Learning
- Linear Algebra for Machine Learning
- Optimization for Machine Learning
- Calculus for Machine Learning
- Master Machine Learning Algorithms
- Machine Learning Algorithms From Scratch
- Python for Machine Learning
- Machine Learning Mastery With Weka
- Machine Learning Mastery With Python
- Machine Learning Mastery With R
- Data Preparation for Machine Learning
- Imbalanced Classification With Python
- Time Series Forecasting With Python
- Ensemble Learning Algorithms With Python
- XGBoost With Python
- Deep Learning With Python
- Long Short-Term Memory Networks with Python
- Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing
- Deep Learning for Computer Vision
- Deep Learning for Time Series Forecasting
- Better Deep Learning
- Generative Adversarial Networks with Python
- Building Transformer Models with Attention
I hope that helps.
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My best advice is to start with a book on a topic that you can use immediately.
Baring that, pick a topic that interests you the most.
If you are unsure, perhaps try working through some of the free tutorials to see what area that you gravitate towards.
Generally, I recommend focusing on the process of working through a predictive modeling problem end-to-end:
I have three books that show you how to do this, with three top open source platforms:
- Master Machine Learning With Weka (no programming)
- Master Machine Learning With R (caret)
- Master Machine Learning With Python (pandas and scikit-learn)
These are great places to start.
You can always circle back and pick-up a book on algorithms later to learn more about how specific methods work in greater detail.
Thanks for your interest.
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The book “Deep Learning With Python” could be a prerequisite to”Long Short-Term Memory Networks with Python“. It teaches you how to get started with Keras and how to develop your first MLP, CNN and LSTM.
The book “Long Short-Term Memory Networks with Python” goes deep on LSTMs and teaches you how to prepare data, how to develop a suite of different LSTM architectures, parameter tuning, updating models and more.
Both books focus on deep learning in Python using the Keras library.
The book “Long Short-Term Memory Networks in Python” focuses on how to develop a suite of different LSTM networks for sequence prediction, in general.
The book “Deep Learning for Time Series Forecasting” focuses on how to use a suite of different deep learning models (MLPs, CNNs, LSTMs, and hybrids) to address a suite of different time series forecasting problems (univariate, multivariate, multistep and combinations).
The LSTM book teaches LSTMs only and does not focus on time series. The Deep Learning for Time Series book focuses on time series and teaches how to use many different models including LSTMs.
The book “Long Short-Term Memory Networks With Python” focuses on how to implement different types of LSTM models.
The book “Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing” focuses on how to use a variety of different networks (including LSTMs) for text prediction problems.
The LSTM book can support the NLP book, but it is not a prerequisite.
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There are no code examples in “Master Machine Learning Algorithms“, therefore no programming language is used.
Algorithms are described and their working is summarized using basic arithmetic. The algorithm behavior is also demonstrated in excel spreadsheets, that are available with the book.
It is a great book for learning how algorithms work, without getting side-tracked with theory or programming syntax.
If you are interested in learning about machine learning algorithms by coding them from scratch (using the Python programming language), I would recommend a different book:
I write the content for the books (words and code) using a text editor, specifically sublime.
I typeset the books and create a PDF using LaTeX.
All of the books have been tested and work with Python 3 (e.g. 3.5 or 3.6).
Most of the books have also been tested and work with Python 2.7.
Where possible, I recommend using the latest version of Python 3.
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I do test my tutorials and projects on the blog first. It’s like the early access to ideas, and many of them do not make it to my training.
Much of the material in the books appeared in some form on my blog first and is later refined, improved and repackaged into a chapter format. I find this helps greatly with quality and bug fixing.
The books provide a more convenient packaging of the material, including source code, datasets and PDF format. They also include updates for new APIs, new chapters, bug and typo fixing, and direct access to me for all the support and help I can provide.
I believe my books offer thousands of dollars of education for tens of dollars each.
They are months if not years of experience distilled into a few hundred pages of carefully crafted and well-tested tutorials.
I think they are a bargain for professional developers looking to rapidly build skills in applied machine learning or use machine learning on a project.
Also, what are skills in machine learning worth to you? to your next project? and you’re current or next employer?
Nevertheless, the price of my books may appear expensive if you are a student or if you are not used to the high salaries for developers in North America, Australia, UK and similar parts of the world. For that, I am sorry.
I do offer discounts to students, teachers and retirees.
Please contact me to find out more.
I offer a ton of free content on my blog, you can get started with my best free material here:
About my Books
My books are playbooks.
They are intended for developers who want to know how to use a specific library to actually solve problems and deliver value at work.
- My books guide you only through the elements you need to know in order to get results.
- My books are in PDF format and come with code and datasets, specifically designed for you to read and work-through on your computer.
- My books give you direct access to me via email (what other books offer that?)
- My books are a tiny business expense for a professional developer that can be charged to the company and is tax deductible in most regions.
Very few training materials on machine learning are focused on how to get results.
The vast majority are about repeating the same math and theory and ignore the one thing you really care about: how to use the methods on a project.
Comparison to Other Options
Let me provide some context for you on the pricing of the books:
There are free videos on youtube and tutorials on blogs.
- Great, I encourage you to use them, including my own free tutorials.
There are very cheap video courses that teach you one or two tricks with an API.
- My books teach you how to use a library to work through a project end-to-end and deliver value, not just a few tricks
A textbook on machine learning can cost $50 to $100.
- All of my books are cheaper than the average machine learning textbook, and I expect you may be more productive, sooner.
A bootcamp or other in-person training can cost $1000+ dollars and last for days to weeks.
- A bundle of all of my books is far cheaper than this, they allow you to work at your own pace, and the bundle covers more content than the average bootcamp.
Sorry, my books are not available on websites like Amazon.com.
I carefully decided to not put my books on Amazon for a number of reasons:
- Amazon takes 65% of the sale price of self-published books, which would put me out of business.
- Amazon offers very little control over the sales page and shopping cart experience.
- Amazon does not allow me to contact my customers via email and offer direct support and updates.
- Amazon does not allow me to deliver my book to customers as a PDF, the preferred format for my customers to read on the screen.
I hope that helps you understand my rationale.
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I give away a lot of content for free. Most of it in fact.
It is important to me to help students and practitioners that are not well off, hence the enormous amount of free content that I provide.
You can access the free content:
I have thought very hard about this and I sell machine learning Ebooks for a few important reasons:
- I use the revenue to support the site and all the non-paying customers.
- I use the revenue to support my family so that I can continue to create content.
- Practitioners that pay for tutorials are far more likely to work through them and learn something.
- I target my books towards working professionals that are more likely to afford the materials.
All updates to the book or books in your purchase are free.
Books are usually updated once every few months to fix bugs, typos and keep abreast of API changes.
Contact me anytime and check if there have been updates. Let me know what version of the book you have (version is listed on the copyright page).
Please contact me anytime with questions about machine learning or the books.
One question at a time please.
Also, each book has a final chapter on getting more help and further reading and points to resources that you can use to get more help.
Yes, the books can help you get a job, but indirectly.
Getting a job is up to you.
It is a matching problem between an organization looking for someone to fill a role and you with your skills and background.
That being said, there are companies that are more interested in the value that you can provide to the business than the degrees that you have. Often, these are smaller companies and start-ups.
You can focus on providing value with machine learning by learning and getting very good at working through predictive modeling problems end-to-end. You can show this skill by developing a machine learning portfolio of completed projects.
My books are specifically designed to help you toward these ends. They teach you exactly how to use open source tools and libraries to get results in a predictive modeling project.