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Interface to Thorsten Joachims' SVM-Light

Project Description


A Python binding to the [SVM-Light]( support vector machine library by Thorsten Joachims.

Written by Bill Cauchois (<>), with thanks to Lucas Beyer and n0mad for their contributions.

PySVMLight uses distutils for setup. Installation is as simple as

$ chmod +x
$ ./ --help
$ ./ build

If you want to install SVMLight to your PYTHONPATH, type:

$ ./ install

(You may need to execute this command as the superuser.) Otherwise, look in the build/ directory to find and copy that file to the directory of your project. You should now be able to `import svmlight`.

Getting Started
See examples/ for example usage.


If you type `help(svmlight)`, you will see that there are currently three functions.

learn(training_data, **options) -> model

Train a model based on a set of training data. The training data should be in the following format:

>> (<label>, [(<feature>, <value>), ...])


>> (<label>, [(<feature>, <value>), ...], <queryid>)

See examples/ for an example of some training data. Available options include (corresponding roughly to the command-line options for `svmlight` detailed on [this page]( under the section titled "How to use"):

- `type`: select between 'classification', 'regression', 'ranking' (preference ranking), and 'optimization'.
- `kernel`: select between 'linear', 'polynomial', 'rbf', and 'sigmoid'.
- `verbosity`: set the verbosity level (default 0).
- `C`: trade-off between training error and margin.
- `poly_degree`: parameter d in polynomial kernel.
- `rbf_gamma`: parameter gamma in rbf kernel.
- `coef_lin`
- `coef_const`

The result of this call is a model that you can pass to classify().

classify(model, test_data, **options) -> predictions

Classify a set of test data using the provided model. The test data should be in the same format as training data (see above). The result will be a list of floats, corresponding to predicted labels for each of the test instances.

write_model(model, filename) -> None

Write the provided model to the specified file. The file format used is the same format as that used by the command-line `svmlight` program.

read_model(filename) -> model

Read a model that was saved using write_model().

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