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Nak is a Scala/Java library for machine learning and related tasks, with a focus on having an easy to use API for some standard algorithms. It is formed from Breeze, Liblinear Java, and Scalabha. It is currently undergoing a pretty massive evolution, so be prepared for quite big changes in the API for this and probably several future versions.

We'd love to have some more contributors: if you are interested in helping out, please see the #helpwanted issues or suggest your own ideas.

What's inside

Nak currently provides implementations for k-means clustering and supervised learning with logistic regression and support vector machines. Other models and algorithms that were formerly in [breeze.learn] are now in Nak.

See the Nak wiki for (some preliminary and unfortunately sparse) documentation.

The latest stable release of Nak is 1.2.1. Changes from the previous release include:

  • breeze-learn pulled into Nak
  • K-means from breeze-learn and Nak merged.
  • Added locality sensitive hashing

See the CHANGELOG for changes in previous versions.

Using Nak


libraryDependencies += "org.scalanlp" % "nak" % "1.2.1"

In Maven:



Here's an example of how easy it is to train and evaluate a text classifier using Nak. See TwentyNewsGroups.scala for more details.

def main(args: Array[String]) {
  val newsgroupsDir = new File(args(0))
  implicit val isoCodec ="ISO-8859-1")
  val stopwords = Set("the","a","an","of","in","for","by","on")

  val trainDir = new File(newsgroupsDir, "20news-bydate-train")
  val trainingExamples = fromLabeledDirs(trainDir).toList
  val config = LiblinearConfig(cost=5.0)
  val featurizer = new BowFeaturizer(stopwords)
  val classifier = trainClassifier(config, featurizer, trainingExamples)

  val evalDir = new File(newsgroupsDir, "20news-bydate-test")
  val maxLabelNews = maxLabel(classifier.labels) _
  val comparisons = for (ex <- fromLabeledDirs(evalDir).toList) yield
    (ex.label, maxLabelNews(classifier.evalRaw(ex.features)), ex.features)
  val (goldLabels, predictions, inputs) = comparisons.unzip3
  println(ConfusionMatrix(goldLabels, predictions, inputs))

Questions or suggestions?

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