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Machine Learning with WEKA

Bernhard Pfahringer
(based on material by Eibe Frank, Mark Hall, and Peter Reutemann)
Department of Computer Science, University of Waikato, New Zealand

WEKA: A Machine Learning Toolkit The Explorer

Classification and Regression Clustering Association Rules Attribute Selection Data Visualization

The Experimenter The Knowledge Flow GUI Other Utilities Conclusions

WEKA: the bird


The Weka or woodhen (Gallirallus australis) is an endemic bird of New Zealand. (Source: WikiPedia)

Copyright: Martin Kramer (mkramer@wxs.nl)


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WEKA: the software


Machine learning/data mining software written in Java (distributed under the GNU Public License) Used for research, education, and applications Complements Data Mining by Witten & Frank Main features:
Comprehensive set of data pre-processing tools, learning algorithms and evaluation methods Graphical user interfaces (incl. data visualization) Environment for comparing learning algorithms

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History

Project funded by the NZ government since 1993

Develop state-of-the art workbench of data mining tools Explore fielded applications Develop new fundamental methods

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History (2)

Late 1992 - funding was applied for by Ian Witten 1993 - development of the interface and infrastructure WEKA acronym coined by Geoff Holmes WEKAs file format ARFF was created by Andrew Donkin ARFF was rumored to stand for Andrews Ridiculous File Format Sometime in 1994 - first internal release of WEKA TCL/TK user interface + learning algorithms written mostly in C Very much beta software Changes for the b1 release included (among others):
Ambiguous and Unsupported menu commands removed. Crashing processes handled (in most cases :-) October 1996 - first public release: WEKA 2.1

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History (3)

July 1997 - WEKA 2.2 Schemes: 1R, T2, K*, M5, M5Class, IB1-4, FOIL, PEBLS, support for C5 Included a facility (based on Unix makefiles) for configuring and running large scale experiments Early 1997 - decision was made to rewrite WEKA in Java Originated from code written by Eibe Frank for his PhD Originally codenamed JAWS (JAva Weka System) May 1998 - WEKA 2.3 Last release of the TCL/TK-based system Mid 1999 - WEKA 3 (100% Java) released Version to complement the Data Mining book Development version (including GUI)

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The GUI back then


TCL/TK interface of Weka 2.1
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WEKA: versions

There are several versions of WEKA:


WEKA 3.4: book version compatible with description in data mining book WEKA 3.5.5: development version with lots of improvements

This talk is based on a nightly snapshot of WEKA 3.5.5 (12-Feb-2007)

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WEKA only deals with flat files


@relation heart-disease-simplified @attribute age numeric @attribute sex { female, male} @attribute chest_pain_type { typ_angina, asympt, non_anginal, atyp_angina} @attribute cholesterol numeric @attribute exercise_induced_angina { no, yes} @attribute class { present, not_present} @data 63,male,typ_angina,233,no,not_present 67,male,asympt,286,yes,present 67,male,asympt,229,yes,present 38,female,non_anginal,?,no,not_present ...
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WEKA only deals with flat files


@relation heart-disease-simplified @attribute age numeric @attribute sex { female, male} @attribute chest_pain_type { typ_angina, asympt, non_anginal, atyp_angina} @attribute cholesterol numeric @attribute exercise_induced_angina { no, yes} @attribute class { present, not_present} @data 63,male,typ_angina,233,no,not_present 67,male,asympt,286,yes,present 67,male,asympt,229,yes,present 38,female,non_anginal,?,no,not_present ...
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java weka.gui.GUIChooser

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java -jar weka.jar

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Explorer: pre-processing the data


Data can be imported from a file in various formats: ARFF, CSV, C4.5, binary Data can also be read from a URL or from an SQL database (using JDBC) Pre-processing tools in WEKA are called filters WEKA contains filters for:

Discretization, normalization, resampling, attribute selection, transforming and combining attributes,

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Explorer: building classifiers


Classifiers in WEKA are models for predicting nominal or numeric quantities Implemented learning schemes include:

Decision trees and lists, instance-based classifiers, support vector machines, multi-layer perceptrons, logistic regression, Bayes nets,

Meta-classifiers include:

Bagging, boosting, stacking, error-correcting output codes, locally weighted learning,


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QuickTime and a T IFF (LZW) decompressor are needed to see this picture.

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QuickTime and a T IFF (LZW) decompressor are needed to see this picture.

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Explorer: clustering data


WEKA contains clusterers for finding groups of similar instances in a dataset Some implemented schemes are:

k-Means, EM, Cobweb, X-means, FarthestFirst

Clusters can be visualized and compared to true clusters (if given) Evaluation based on loglikelihood if clustering scheme produces a probability distribution

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Explorer: finding associations

WEKA contains the Apriori algorithm (among others) for learning association rules

Works only with discrete data

Can identify statistical dependencies between groups of attributes:

milk, butter bread, eggs (with confidence 0.9 and support 2000)

Apriori can compute all rules that have a given minimum support and exceed a given confidence
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Explorer: attribute selection


Panel that can be used to investigate which (subsets of) attributes are the most predictive ones Attribute selection methods contain two parts:
A search method: best-first, forward selection, random, exhaustive, genetic algorithm, ranking An evaluation method: correlation-based, wrapper, information gain, chi-squared,

Very flexible: WEKA allows (almost) arbitrary combinations of these two


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Explorer: data visualization


Visualization very useful in practice: e.g. helps to determine difficulty of the learning problem WEKA can visualize single attributes (1-d) and pairs of attributes (2-d)

To do: rotating 3-d visualizations (Xgobi-style)

Color-coded class values Jitter option to deal with nominal attributes (and to detect hidden data points) Zoom-in function
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Performing experiments

Experimenter makes it easy to compare the performance of different learning schemes For classification and regression problems Results can be written into file or database Evaluation options: cross-validation, learning curve, hold-out Can also iterate over different parameter settings Significance-testing built in!
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The Knowledge Flow GUI

Java-Beans-based interface for setting up and running machine learning experiments Data sources, classifiers, etc. are beans and can be connected graphically Data flows through components: e.g., data source -> filter -> classifier -> evaluator Layouts can be saved and loaded again later cf. Clementine
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Sourceforge.net Downloads

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Sourceforge.net Web Traffic


WekaDoc Wiki introduced 12/2005 WekaWiki launched 05/2005

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Projects based on WEKA

45 projects currently (30/01/07) listed on the WekaWiki Incorporate/wrap WEKA GRB Tool Shed - a tool to aid gamma ray burst research YALE - facility for large scale ML experiments GATE - NLP workbench with a WEKA interface Judge - document clustering and classification RWeka - an R interface to Weka Extend/modify WEKA BioWeka - extension library for knowledge discovery in biology WekaMetal - meta learning extension to WEKA Weka-Parallel - parallel processing for WEKA Grid Weka - grid computing using WEKA Weka-CG - computational genetics tool library

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WEKA and PENTAHO


Pentaho The leader in Open Source Business Intelligence (BI) September 2006 Pentaho acquires the Weka project (exclusive license and SF.net page) Weka will be used/integrated as data mining component in their BI suite Weka will be still available as GPL open source software Most likely to evolve 2 editions:

Community edition BI oriented edition

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Limitations of WEKA

Traditional algorithms need to have all data in main memory ==> big datasets are an issue Solution:
Incremental schemes Stream algorithms MOA Massive Online Analysis (not only a flightless bird, but also extinct!)

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Conclusion: try it yourself!

WEKA is available at http://www.cs.waikato.ac.nz/ml/weka Also has a list of projects based on WEKA (probably incomplete list of) WEKA contributors:
Abdelaziz Mahoui, Alexander K. Seewald, Ashraf M. Kibriya, Bernhard Pfahringer, Brent Martin, Peter Flach, Eibe Frank, Gabi Schmidberger, Ian H. Witten, J. Lindgren, Janice Boughton, Jason Wells, Len Trigg, Lucio de Souza Coelho, Malcolm Ware, Mark Hall, Remco Bouckaert, Richard Kirkby, Shane Butler, Shane Legg, Stuart Inglis, Sylvain Roy, Tony Voyle, Xin Xu, Yong Wang, Zhihai Wang

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