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Large Scale Machine Learning with Python

By : Bastiaan Sjardin, Alberto Boschetti
Book Image

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
Credits
About the Authors
About the Reviewer
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

Deep learning with theanets


Scikit-learn's neural network application is especially interesting for parameter tuning purposes. Unfortunately, its capabilities for unsupervised neural network applications are limited. For the next subject, where we dive into more sophisticated deep learning methods, we need another library. In this chapter, we will focus on theanets. We love theanets because of its ease of use and stability; it's a very smooth and well-maintained package developed by Lief Johnson at the University of Texas. Setting up a neural network architecture works quite similarly to sklearn; namely, we instantiate a learning objective (classification or regression), specify the layers, and train it. For more information, you can visit http://theanets.readthedocs.org/en/stable/.

All you have to do is install theanets with pip:

$ pip install theanets

As theanets is built on top of Theano, you also need to have the Theano properly installed. Let's run a basic neural network model to see how...