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Large Scale Machine Learning with Python

By : Bastiaan Sjardin, Alberto Boschetti
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Large Scale Machine Learning with Python

By: Bastiaan Sjardin, Alberto Boschetti

Overview of this book

Large Python machine learning projects involve new problems associated with specialized machine learning architectures and designs that many data scientists have yet to tackle. But finding algorithms and designing and building platforms that deal with large sets of data is a growing need. Data scientists have to manage and maintain increasingly complex data projects, and with the rise of big data comes an increasing demand for computational and algorithmic efficiency. Large Scale Machine Learning with Python uncovers a new wave of machine learning algorithms that meet scalability demands together with a high predictive accuracy. Dive into scalable machine learning and the three forms of scalability. Speed up algorithms that can be used on a desktop computer with tips on parallelization and memory allocation. Get to grips with new algorithms that are specifically designed for large projects and can handle bigger files, and learn about machine learning in big data environments. We will also cover the most effective machine learning techniques on a map reduce framework in Hadoop and Spark in Python.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Large Scale Machine Learning with Python
About the Authors
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Neural networks and regularization

Even though we didn't overtrain our model in our last example, it is necessary to think about regularization strategies for neural networks. Three of the most widely-used ways in which we can apply regularization to a neural network are as follows:

  • L1 and L2 regularization with weight decay as a parameter for the regularization strength

  • Dropout means that deactivating units within the neural network at random can force other units in the network to take over

    On the left hand, we see an architecture with dropout applied, randomly deactivating units in the network. On the right hand, we see an ordinary neural network (marked with X).

  • Averaging or ensembling multiple neural networks (each with different settings)

Let's try dropout for this model and see if works:

clf = Classifier(
    Layer("Rectifier", units=13),
    Layer("Rectifier", units=13),