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Learn Amazon SageMaker

By : Julien Simon
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Learn Amazon SageMaker

By: Julien Simon

Overview of this book

Amazon SageMaker enables you to quickly build, train, and deploy machine learning (ML) models at scale, without managing any infrastructure. It helps you focus on the ML problem at hand and deploy high-quality models by removing the heavy lifting typically involved in each step of the ML process. This book is a comprehensive guide for data scientists and ML developers who want to learn the ins and outs of Amazon SageMaker. You’ll understand how to use various modules of SageMaker as a single toolset to solve the challenges faced in ML. As you progress, you’ll cover features such as AutoML, built-in algorithms and frameworks, and the option for writing your own code and algorithms to build ML models. Later, the book will show you how to integrate Amazon SageMaker with popular deep learning libraries such as TensorFlow and PyTorch to increase the capabilities of existing models. You’ll also learn to get the models to production faster with minimum effort and at a lower cost. Finally, you’ll explore how to use Amazon SageMaker Debugger to analyze, detect, and highlight problems to understand the current model state and improve model accuracy. By the end of this Amazon book, you’ll be able to use Amazon SageMaker on the full spectrum of ML workflows, from experimentation, training, and monitoring to scaling, deployment, and automation.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Section 1: Introduction to Amazon SageMaker
Section 2: Building and Training Models
Section 3: Diving Deeper on Training
Section 4: Managing Models in Production

Building a fully custom container for R

R is a popular language for data exploration and analysis. In this example, we're going to build a custom container to train and deploy a linear regression model on the Boston Housing dataset.

The overall process is similar to building a custom container for Python. Instead of using Flask to build our prediction API, we'll use plumber (

Coding with R and Plumber

Don't worry if you're not familiar with R. This is a really simple example, and I'm sure you'll be able to follow along:

  1. We write a function to train our model. It loads the hyperparameters and the dataset from the conventional paths. It normalizes the dataset if we requested it:
    # train_function.R
    train <- function() {    hp <- fromJSON(file =           '/opt/ml/input/config/hyperparameters.json') ...