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Feature: Add support for mixed-types datasets #168

arita37 opened this issue Oct 31, 2019 · 3 comments


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@arita37 arita37 commented Oct 31, 2019

Raw data is a mixed of
text columns, numerical columns, date columns, category (string based) columns.

Pre-processed data is numerical data with :
1Hot encoding of text columns
1Hot encoding of category data.
1Hot encoding of numerical (binning).

  1. The pipeline should manage enlargement of initial columns,
    and different types of pre-processing based on different date types.

  2. Keeps track of column name changes is useful (but complicated to handlle).

Key of AutoML is mostly the pre-processing part.

@guillaume-chevalier guillaume-chevalier changed the title Feature : Add documenation in mix-dataset Feature: Add support for mixed-types datasets Nov 1, 2019

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@guillaume-chevalier guillaume-chevalier commented Nov 1, 2019

@arita37 Thanks for your interest and ideas. We already coded EXACTLY THAT in another related project we have, and we will soon move the code that does what you suggest to Neuraxle. It's cool and motivating that you got this idea by yourself and that we already did it in parallel.

@alexbrillant Let's soon move our ColumnTransformer to Neuraxle! Ours have a better design than the one already provided by sklearn.

@brucelightyear Please notice the current issue 😃


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@arita37 arita37 commented Nov 2, 2019

Can you make sure that boilerplate is at the minimum,
this is quite tricky one.... (code design).


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@guillaume-chevalier guillaume-chevalier commented Nov 7, 2019

@arita37 We fixed this issue by merging the following PR:

Example usage:

            (range(0, 2), CyclicTimes()),
            (3, CategoricalEnum(categories_count=5, starts_at_zero=True)),
            (4, CategoricalEnum(categories_count=5, starts_at_zero=True)),
            ([10, 13, 15], CategoricalEnum(categories_count=5, starts_at_zero=True)),
        ], n_dimension=3)

Note that with n_dimension=3, it can process data of shape [batch_size, ?, n_features_columns], where "?" can be replaced by a sequence length for instance.

You could as well use n_dimension=2 to process regular data of shape like [batch_size, n_features_columns].

Higher dimension values are possible (e.g.: n_dimensions=4 to process image features for instance).

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