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Automated Machine Learning Techniques for Data Streams

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Automated machine learning techniques benefited from tremendous research progress in recently. These developments and the continuous-growing demand for machine learning experts led to the development of numerous AutoML tools. However, these tools assume that the entire training dataset is available upfront and that the underlying distribution does not change over time. These assumptions do not hold in a data stream mining setting where an unbounded stream of data cannot be stored and is likely to manifest concept drift. Industry applications of machine learning on streaming data become more popular due to the increasing adoption of real-time streaming patterns in IoT, microservices architectures, web analytics, and other fields. The research summarized in this paper surveys the state-of-the-art open-source AutoML tools, applies them to data collected from streams, and measures how their performance changes over time. For comparative purposes, batch, batch incremental and instance incremental estimators are applied and compared. Moreover, a meta-learning technique for online algorithm selection based on meta-feature extraction is proposed and compared while model replacement and continual AutoML techniques are discussed. The results show that off-the-shelf AutoML tools can provide satisfactory results but in the presence of concept drift, detection or adaptation techniques have to be applied to maintain the predictive accuracy over time.


Towards AutoML in the presence of Drift: first results

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Research progress in AutoML has lead to state of the art solutions that can cope quite wellwith supervised learning task, e.g., classification with AutoSklearn. However, so far thesesystems do not take into account the changing nature of evolving data over time (i.e., theystill assume i.i.d. data); even when this sort of domains are increasingly available in realapplications (e.g., spam filtering, user preferences, etc.). We describe a first attempt to de-velop an AutoML solution for scenarios in which data distribution changes relatively slowlyover time and in which the problem is approached in a lifelong learning setting. We extendAuto-Sklearn with sound and intuitive mechanisms that allow it to cope with this sort ofproblems. The extended Auto-Sklearn is combined with concept drift detection techniquesthat allow it to automatically determine when the initial models have to be adapted. Wereport experimental results in benchmark data from AutoML competitions that adhere tothis scenario. Results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed methodology.


Building AI to Build AI: The Project That Won the NeurIPS AutoML Challenge

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AutoGBT essentially involves an adaptive self-optimized end-to-end machine learning pipeline consisting of a stream processor and a frequency encoder to exploit semantic similarity of categorical and multi-valued feature values across batches. This allows to counter slow concept-drift through adaptation, without explicit drift detection. It also includes normalization of DateTime features along with generation of new features from existing DateTime columns to augment the feature space. Our feature space transformation technique is as depicted in Fig 3. We use a multi-level sampling strategy to overcome dataset skewness for more meaningful training and to scale our model to large datasets. We use a Gradient Boosting framework utilizing tree-based learning algorithms for model training, and a Sequential model-based optimization (SMBO, a strategy based on Bayesian optimization) technique for automatic hyper-parameter tuning. Our AutoGBT framework also involves intelligent heuristic checks to automatically adapt to the budget constraints. Our joint team named autodidact.ai


An Auto-ML Framework Based on GBDT for Lifelong Learning

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Automatic Machine Learning (Auto-ML) has attracted more and more attention in recent years, our work is to solve the problem of data drift, which means that the distribution of data will gradually change with the acquisition process, resulting in a worse performance of the auto-ML model. We construct our model based on GBDT, Incremental learning and full learning are used to handle with drift problem. Experiments show that our method performs well on the five data sets. Which shows that our method can effectively solve the problem of data drift and has robust performance.


Learning under Concept Drift: A Review

arXiv.org Machine Learning

Concept drift describes unforeseeable changes in the underlying distribution of streaming data over time. Concept drift research involves the development of methodologies and techniques for drift detection, understanding and adaptation. Data analysis has revealed that machine learning in a concept drift environment will result in poor learning results if the drift is not addressed. To help researchers identify which research topics are significant and how to apply related techniques in data analysis tasks, it is necessary that a high quality, instructive review of current research developments and trends in the concept drift field is conducted. In addition, due to the rapid development of concept drift in recent years, the methodologies of learning under concept drift have become noticeably systematic, unveiling a framework which has not been mentioned in literature. This paper reviews over 130 high quality publications in concept drift related research areas, analyzes up-to-date developments in methodologies and techniques, and establishes a framework of learning under concept drift including three main components: concept drift detection, concept drift understanding, and concept drift adaptation. This paper lists and discusses 10 popular synthetic datasets and 14 publicly available benchmark datasets used for evaluating the performance of learning algorithms aiming at handling concept drift. Also, concept drift related research directions are covered and discussed. By providing state-of-the-art knowledge, this survey will directly support researchers in their understanding of research developments in the field of learning under concept drift.