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TomAugspurger Multiclass target (#27)
This changes training on multi-class targets to more closely match upstream.

We still differ from upstream in one case. If a user specified an `objective` to XGBClassifier, it is not ignored.

API Changes

- predict(dataframe) now returns an array, like dask-xgboost
Latest commit 4661c8a Aug 31, 2018



Distributed training with XGBoost and Dask.distributed

This repository enables you to perform distributed training with XGBoost on Dask.array and Dask.dataframe collections.

pip install dask-xgboost


from dask.distributed import Client
client = Client('scheduler-address:8786')  # connect to cluster

import dask.dataframe as dd
df = dd.read_csv('...')  # use dask.dataframe to load and
df_train = ...           # preprocess data
labels_train = ...

import dask_xgboost as dxgb
params = {'objective': 'binary:logistic', ...}  # use normal xgboost params
bst = dxgb.train(client, params, df_train, labels_train)

>>> bst  # Get back normal XGBoost result
<xgboost.core.Booster at ... >

predictions = dxgb.predict(client, bsg, data_test)

How this works

For more information on using Dask.dataframe for preprocessing see the Dask.dataframe documentation.

Once you have created suitable data and labels we are ready for distributed training with XGBoost. Every Dask worker sets up an XGBoost slave and gives them enough information to find each other. Then Dask workers hand their in-memory Pandas dataframes to XGBoost (one Dask dataframe is just many Pandas dataframes spread around the memory of many machines). XGBoost handles distributed training on its own without Dask interference. XGBoost then hands back a single xgboost.Booster result object.

Larger Example

For a more serious example see


Conversation during development happened at dmlc/xgboost #2032