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AutoML: Exploration v.s. Exploitation Machine Learning

Building a machine learning (ML) pipeline in an automated way is a crucial and complex task as it is constrained with the available time budget and resources. This encouraged the research community to introduce several solutions to utilize the available time and resources. A lot of work is done to suggest the most promising classifiers for a given dataset using sundry of techniques including meta-learning based techniques. This gives the autoML framework the chance to spend more time exploiting those classifiers and tuning their hyper-parameters. In this paper, we empirically study the hypothesis of improving the pipeline performance by exploiting the most promising classifiers within the limited time budget. We also study the effect of increasing the time budget over the pipeline performance. The empirical results across autoSKLearn, TPOT and ATM, show that exploiting the most promising classifiers does not achieve a statistically better performance than exploring the entire search space. The same conclusion is also applied for long time budgets.

Databricks ups AI ante with new AutoML engine and feature store


As Databricks' annual conference in North America, Data AI Summit, continues, so do the announcements from the company about new capabilities on its platform. Yesterday was focused on conventional analytics. For the developer crowd as well as sophisticated business users, Databricks is introducing an AutoML (automated machine learning) engine; for data scientists, the company is adding a feature store. In general, AutoML platforms allow users to bring their own data set, and build a model from it, by indicating which column contains the target variable and what broad problem to solve (for example, classification or regression). From there, the AutoML platform can sweep through a range of algorithms, and hyperparameter values for each, looking for the best model, based on a selected metrics of accuracy and efficiency.

The next-generation of AutoML frameworks - KDnuggets


Automated Machine Learning (AutoML) is a process of building a complete Machine Learning pipeline automatically, without (or with minimal) human help. The AutoML solutions are quite new, with the first research papers from 2013 (Auto-Weka), 2015 (Auto-sklearn), and 2016 (TPOT). Currently, there are several AutoML open-source frameworks and commercial platforms available that can work with a variety of data. There is worth mentioning such open-source solutions like AutoGluon, H2O, or MLJAR AutoML. The main goal of the AutoML framework was to find the best possible ML pipeline under the selected time budget.