Optimizers¶
Overview¶
The scikitlearn library provides functionality for training linear models and a large number of related tools. The present module provides simplified interfaces for various linear model regression methods. These methods are set up in a way that work out of the box for typical problems in cluster expansion and force constant potential construction, including slight adjustments to scikitlearn default values. If you need more flexibility, extended functionality or the ability to finetune parameters that are not included in this interface, it is possible to use scikitlearn directly.
The most commonly used fit methods in the present context are LASSO, automatic relevance determination regression (ARDR), recursive feature elimination with \(\ell_2\)fitting (RFEL2) as well as ordinary leastsquares optimization (OLS). Below follows a short summary of the main algorithms. More information about the available linear models can be found in the scikitlearn documentation.
Leastsquares¶
Ordinary leastsquares (OLS) optimization is providing a solution to the linear problem
where \(\boldsymbol{A}\) is the sensing matrix, \(\boldsymbol{y}\) is the vector of target values, and \(\boldsymbol{x}\) is the solution (parameter vector) that one seeks to obtain. The objective is given by
The OLS method is chosen by setting the fit_method
keyword to
leastsquares
.
LASSO¶
The least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (LASSO) is a method for performing variable selection and regularization in problems in statistics and machine learning. The optimization objective is given by
While the first term ensures that \(\boldsymbol{x}\) is a solution to the linear problem at hand, the second term introduces regularization and guides the algorithm toward finding sparse solutions, in the spirit of compressive sensing. In general, LASSO is suited for solving strongly underdetermined problems.
The LASSO optimizer is chosen by setting the fit_method
keyword to
lasso
. The \(\alpha\) parameter is set via the alpha
keyword. If no
value is specified a line scan will be carried out automatically to determine
the optimal value.
Parameter 
Type 
Description 
Default 



controls the sparsity of the solution vector 

Automatic relevance determination regression (ARDR)¶
Automatic relevance determination regression (ARDR) is an optimization algorithm provided by scikitlearn that is similar to Bayesian Ridge Regression, which provides a probabilistic model of the regression problem at hand. The method is also known as Sparse Bayesian Learning and Relevance Vector Machine.
The ARDR optimizer is chosen by setting the fit_method
keyword to ardr
.
The threshold lambda parameter, which controls the sparsity of the solution
vector, is set via the threshold_lambda
keyword (default: 1e6).
Parameter 
Type 
Description 
Default 



controls the sparsity of the solution vector 

splitBregman¶
The splitBregman method [GolOsh09] is designed to solve a broad class of \(\ell_1\)regularized problems. The solution vector \(\boldsymbol{x}\) is given by
where \(\boldsymbol{d}\) is an auxiliary quantity, while \(\mu\) and \(\lambda\) are hyperparameters that control the sparseness of the solution and the efficiency of the algorithm.
The splitBregman implementation supports the following additional keywords.
Parameter 
Type 
Description 
Default 



sparseness parameter 



weight of additional L2norm in splitBregman 



maximal number of splitBregman iterations 



convergence criterion iterative minimization 



print additional information to stdout 

Recursive feature elimination¶
Recursive feature elimination (RFE) is a feature selection algorithm that obtains the optimal features by carrying out a series of fits, starting with the full set of parameters and then iteratively eliminating the less important ones. RFE needs to be combined with a specific fit method. Since RFE may require many hundreds of single fits its often advisable to use ordinary leastsquares as training method, which is the default behavior. The present implementation is based on the implementation of feature selection in scikitlearn.
The RFE optimizer is chosen by setting the fit_method
keyword to
rfe
. The n_features
keyword allows one to specify the number of
features to select. If this parameter is left unspecified RFE with
crossvalidation will be used to determine the optimal number of features.
After the optimal number of features has been determined the final model is
trained. The fit method for the final fit can be controlled via
final_estimator
. Here, estimator
and final_estimator
can be set to
any of the fit methods described in this section. For example,
estimator='lasso'
implies that a LASSOCV scan is carried out for each fit
in the RFE algorithm.
Parameter 
Type 
Description 
Default 



number of features to select 



number parameters to eliminate 


percentage of parameters to eliminate 




number of CV splits (90/10) used when optimizing 



fit method to be used in RFE algorithm 



fit method to be used in the final fit 
= 


keyword arguments for fit method defined by 



keyword arguments for fit method defined by 

Note
When running on multicore systems please be mindful of memory consumption. By default all CPUs will be used (n_jobs=1), which will duplicate data and can require a lot of memory, potentially giving rise to errors. To prevent this behavior you can set the [n_jobs parameter](https://scikitlearn.org/stable/glossary.html#termnjobs) explicitly, which is handed over directly to scikitlearn.
Other methods¶
The optimizers furthermore support the ridge
method
(ridge
), the elastic net
method
(elasticnet
) as well as Bayesian ridge regression
(bayesianridge
).
Optimizer¶

class
icet.fitting.
Optimizer
(fit_data, fit_method='leastsquares', standardize=True, train_size=0.75, test_size=None, train_set=None, test_set=None, check_condition=True, seed=42, **kwargs)[source]¶ This optimizer finds a solution to the linear \(\boldsymbol{A}\boldsymbol{x}=\boldsymbol{y}\) problem.
One has to specify either train_size/test_size or train_set/test_set If either train_set or test_set (or both) is specified the fractions will be ignored.
Warning
Repeatedly setting up a Optimizer and training without changing the seed for the random number generator will yield identical or correlated results, to avoid this please specify a different seed when setting up multiple Optimizer instances.
 Parameters
fit_data (tuple(numpy.ndarray, numpy.ndarray)) – the first element of the tuple represents the fit matrix A (N, M array) while the second element represents the vector of target values y (N array); here N (=rows of A, elements of y) equals the number of target values and M (=columns of A) equals the number of parameters
fit_method (str) – method to be used for training; possible choice are “leastsquares”, “lasso”, “elasticnet”, “bayesianridge”, “ardr”, “rfe”, “splitbregman”
standardize (bool) – if True the fit matrix and target values are standardized before fitting, meaning columns in the fit matrix and th target values are rescaled to have a standard deviation of 1.0.
train_size (float or int) – If float represents the fraction of fit_data (rows) to be used for training. If int, represents the absolute number of rows to be used for training.
test_size (float or int) – If float represents the fraction of fit_data (rows) to be used for testing. If int, represents the absolute number of rows to be used for testing.
train_set (tuple or list(int)) – indices of rows of A/y to be used for training
test_set (tuple or list(int)) – indices of rows of A/y to be used for testing
check_condition (bool) – if True the condition number will be checked (this can be sligthly more time consuming for larger matrices)
seed (int) – seed for pseudo random number generator

train_scatter_data
¶ target and predicted value for each row in the training set
 Type
ScatterData

test_scatter_data
¶ target and predicted value for each row in the test set
 Type
ScatterData

compute_rmse
(A, y)¶ Returns the root mean squared error (RMSE) using \(\boldsymbol{A}\), \(\boldsymbol{y}\), and the vector of fitted parameters \(\boldsymbol{x}\), corresponding to \(\\boldsymbol{A}\boldsymbol{x}\boldsymbol{y}\_2\).

property
contributions_test
¶ average contribution to the predicted values for the test set from each parameter
 Return type

property
contributions_train
¶ average contribution to the predicted values for the train set from each parameter
 Return type

property
fit_method
¶ fit method
 Return type
str

get_contributions
(A)¶ Returns the average contribution for each row of A to the predicted values from each element of the parameter vector.

property
n_nonzero_parameters
¶ number of nonzero parameters
 Return type
int

property
n_parameters
¶ number of parameters (=columns in A matrix)
 Return type
int

property
n_target_values
¶ number of target values (=rows in A matrix)
 Return type
int

property
parameters_norm
¶ the norm of the parameters
 Return type
float

predict
(A)¶ Predicts data given an input matrix \(\boldsymbol{A}\), i.e., \(\boldsymbol{A}\boldsymbol{x}\), where \(\boldsymbol{x}\) is the vector of the fitted parameters. The method returns the vector of predicted values or a float if a single row provided as input.

property
rmse_test
¶ root mean squared error for test set
 Return type
float

property
rmse_train
¶ root mean squared error for training set
 Return type
float

property
seed
¶ seed used to initialize pseudo random number generator
 Return type
int

property
standardize
¶ if True standardize the fit matrix before fitting
 Return type
bool

property
summary
¶ comprehensive information about the optimizer
 Return type
Dict
[str
,Any
]

property
test_fraction
¶ fraction of rows included in test set
 Return type
float

property
test_set
¶ indices of rows included in the test set
 Return type
List
[int
]

property
test_size
¶ number of rows included in test set
 Return type
int

property
train_fraction
¶ fraction of rows included in training set
 Return type
float

property
train_set
¶ indices of rows included in the training set
 Return type
List
[int
]

property
train_size
¶ number of rows included in training set
 Return type
int

write_summary
(fname)¶ Writes summary dict to file
EnsembleOptimizer¶

class
icet.fitting.
EnsembleOptimizer
(fit_data, fit_method='leastsquares', standardize=True, ensemble_size=50, train_size=1.0, bootstrap=True, check_condition=True, seed=42, **kwargs)[source]¶ The ensemble optimizer carries out a series of single optimization runs using the
Optimizer
class in order to solve the linear \(\boldsymbol{A}\boldsymbol{x} = \boldsymbol{y}\) problem. Subsequently, it provides access to various ensemble averaged quantities such as errors and parameters.Warning
Repeatedly setting up a EnsembleOptimizer and training without changing the seed for the random number generator will yield identical or correlated results, to avoid this please specify a different seed when setting up multiple EnsembleOptimizer instances.
 Parameters
fit_data (tuple(numpy.ndarray, numpy.ndarray)) – the first element of the tuple represents the fit matrix A (N, M array) while the second element represents the vector of target values y (N array); here N (=rows of A, elements of y) equals the number of target values and M (=columns of A) equals the number of parameters
fit_method (str) – method to be used for training; possible choice are “leastsquares”, “lasso”, “elasticnet”, “bayesianridge”, “ardr”, “rfe”, “splitbregman”
standardize (bool) – if True the fit matrix and target values are standardized before fitting, meaning columns in the fit matrix and th target values are rescaled to have a standard deviation of 1.0.
ensemble_size (int) – number of fits in the ensemble
train_size (float or int) – if float represents the fraction of fit_data (rows) to be used for training; if int, represents the absolute number of rows to be used for training
bootstrap (bool) – if True sampling will be carried out with replacement
check_condition (bool) – if True the condition number will be checked (this can be sligthly more time consuming for larger matrices)
seed (int) – seed for pseudo random number generator

property
bootstrap
¶ True if sampling is carried out with replacement
 Return type
bool

compute_rmse
(A, y)¶ Returns the root mean squared error (RMSE) using \(\boldsymbol{A}\), \(\boldsymbol{y}\), and the vector of fitted parameters \(\boldsymbol{x}\), corresponding to \(\\boldsymbol{A}\boldsymbol{x}\boldsymbol{y}\_2\).

property
ensemble_size
¶ number of train rounds
 Return type
int

property
error_matrix
¶ matrix of fit errors where N is the number of target values and M is the number of fits (i.e., the size of the ensemble)
 Return type

property
fit_method
¶ fit method
 Return type
str

get_contributions
(A)¶ Returns the average contribution for each row of A to the predicted values from each element of the parameter vector.

property
n_nonzero_parameters
¶ number of nonzero parameters
 Return type
int

property
n_parameters
¶ number of parameters (=columns in A matrix)
 Return type
int

property
n_target_values
¶ number of target values (=rows in A matrix)
 Return type
int

property
parameters_norm
¶ the norm of the parameters
 Return type
float

predict
(A, return_std=False)[source]¶ Predicts data given an input matrix \(oldsymbol{A}\), i.e., \(\boldsymbol{A}\boldsymbol{x}\), where \(\boldsymbol{x}\) is the vector of the fitted parameters. The method returns the vector of predicted values and optionally also the vector of standard deviations.
By using all parameter vectors in the ensemble a standard deviation of the prediction can be obtained.

property
rmse_test
¶ ensemble average of root mean squared error over test sets
 Return type
float

property
rmse_test_ensemble
¶ root mean squared test errors obtained during for each fit in ensemble
 Return type

property
rmse_train
¶ ensemble average of root mean squared error over train sets
 Return type
float

property
rmse_train_ensemble
¶ root mean squared train errors obtained during for each fit in ensemble
 Return type

property
seed
¶ seed used to initialize pseudo random number generator
 Return type
int

property
standardize
¶ if True standardize the fit matrix before fitting
 Return type
bool

property
summary
¶ comprehensive information about the optimizer
 Return type
Dict
[str
,Any
]

train
()[source]¶ Carries out ensemble training and construct the final model by averaging over all models in the ensemble.
 Return type
None

property
train_fraction
¶ fraction of input data used for training; this value can differ slightly from the value set during initialization due to rounding
 Return type
float

property
train_size
¶ number of rows included in train sets; note that this will be different from the number of unique rows if boostrapping
 Return type
int

write_summary
(fname)¶ Writes summary dict to file
CrossValidationEstimator¶

class
icet.fitting.
CrossValidationEstimator
(fit_data, fit_method='leastsquares', standardize=True, validation_method='kfold', n_splits=10, check_condition=True, seed=42, **kwargs)[source]¶ This class provides an optimizer with cross validation for solving the linear \(\boldsymbol{A}\boldsymbol{x} = \boldsymbol{y}\) problem. Crossvalidation (CV) scores are calculated by splitting the available reference data in multiple different ways. It also produces the finalized model (using the full input data) for which the CV score is an estimation of its performance.
Warning
Repeatedly setting up a CrossValidationEstimator and training without changing the seed for the random number generator will yield identical or correlated results, to avoid this please specify a different seed when setting up multiple CrossValidationEstimator instances.
 Parameters
fit_data (tuple(numpy.ndarray, numpy.ndarray)) – the first element of the tuple represents the fit matrix A (N, M array) while the second element represents the vector of target values y (N array); here N (=rows of A, elements of y) equals the number of target values and M (=columns of A) equals the number of parameters
fit_method (str) – method to be used for training; possible choice are “leastsquares”, “lasso”, “elasticnet”, “bayesianridge”, “ardr”, “rfe”, “splitbregman”
standardize (bool) – if True the fit matrix and target values are standardized before fitting, meaning columns in the fit matrix and th target values are rescaled to have a standard deviation of 1.0.
validation_method (str) – method to use for crossvalidation; possible choices are “shufflesplit”, “kfold”
n_splits (int) – number of times the fit data set will be split for the crossvalidation
check_condition (bool) – if True the condition number will be checked (this can be sligthly more time consuming for larger matrices)
seed (int) – seed for pseudo random number generator

train_scatter_data
¶ contains target and predicted values from each individual traininig set in the crossvalidation split;
ScatterData
is a namedtuple. Type
ScatterData

validation_scatter_data
¶ contains target and predicted values from each individual validation set in the crossvalidation split;
ScatterData
is a namedtuple. Type
ScatterData

compute_rmse
(A, y)¶ Returns the root mean squared error (RMSE) using \(\boldsymbol{A}\), \(\boldsymbol{y}\), and the vector of fitted parameters \(\boldsymbol{x}\), corresponding to \(\\boldsymbol{A}\boldsymbol{x}\boldsymbol{y}\_2\).

property
fit_method
¶ fit method
 Return type
str

get_contributions
(A)¶ Returns the average contribution for each row of A to the predicted values from each element of the parameter vector.

property
n_nonzero_parameters
¶ number of nonzero parameters
 Return type
int

property
n_nonzero_parameters_splits
¶ number of nonzero parameters for each split
 Return type

property
n_parameters
¶ number of parameters (=columns in A matrix)
 Return type
int

property
n_splits
¶ number of splits (folds) used for crossvalidation
 Return type
int

property
n_target_values
¶ number of target values (=rows in A matrix)
 Return type
int

property
parameters_norm
¶ the norm of the parameters
 Return type
float

predict
(A)¶ Predicts data given an input matrix \(\boldsymbol{A}\), i.e., \(\boldsymbol{A}\boldsymbol{x}\), where \(\boldsymbol{x}\) is the vector of the fitted parameters. The method returns the vector of predicted values or a float if a single row provided as input.

property
rmse_train
¶ average root mean squared training error obtained during crossvalidation
 Return type
float

property
rmse_train_final
¶ root mean squared error when using the full set of input data
 Return type
float

property
rmse_train_splits
¶ root mean squared training errors obtained during crossvalidation
 Return type

property
rmse_validation
¶ average root mean squared crossvalidation error
 Return type
float

property
rmse_validation_splits
¶ root mean squared validation errors obtained during crossvalidation
 Return type

property
seed
¶ seed used to initialize pseudo random number generator
 Return type
int

property
standardize
¶ if True standardize the fit matrix before fitting
 Return type
bool

property
summary
¶ comprehensive information about the optimizer
 Return type
Dict
[str
,Any
]

property
validation_method
¶ validation method name
 Return type
str

write_summary
(fname)¶ Writes summary dict to file