You can use Classification Learner to train models to classify data. Using this app, you can explore supervised machine learning using various classifiers. You can explore your data, select features, specify validation schemes, train models, and assess results. You can perform automated training to search for the best classification model type, including decision trees, discriminant analysis, support vector machines, logistic regression, nearest neighbors, and ensemble classification.
Perform supervised machine learning by supplying a known set of input data (observations or examples) and known responses to the data (i.e., labels or classes). Use the data to train a model that generates predictions for the response to new data. To use the model with new data, or to learn about programmatic classification, you can export the model to the workspace or generate MATLAB® code to recreate the trained model.
Get started by training a selection of model types. See Automated Classifier Training.
You can use Classification Learner to automatically train a selection of different classification models on your data.
Get started by automatically training multiple models at once. You can quickly try a selection of models, then explore promising models interactively.
If you already know what classifier type you want, train individual classifiers instead. See Manual Classifier Training.
On the Apps tab, in the Machine Learning group, click Classification Learner.
Click New Session and select data from the workspace or from file. Specify a response variable and variables to use as predictors. See Select Data and Validation for Classification Problem.
On the Classification Learner tab, in the Model Type section, click All Quick-To-Train. This option will train all the model presets available for your data set that are fast to fit.
Click Train .
The app trains models in parallel if you have Parallel Computing Toolbox™. See Parallel Classifier Training.
A selection of model types appears in the History list. When they finish training, the best percentage Accuracy score is highlighted in a box.
Click models in the history list to explore results in the plots.
To try all the classifier model presets available for your data set, click All, then click Train.
If you want to explore individual model types, or if you already know what classifier type you want, you can train classifiers one at a time, or a train a group of the same type.
Choose a classifier. On the Classification Learner tab, in the Model Type section, click a classifier type. To see all available classifier options, click the arrow on the far right of the Model Type section to expand the list of classifiers. The options in the Model Type gallery are preset starting points with different settings, suitable for a range of different classification problems.
To read a description of each classifier, switch to the details view.
For more information on each option, see Choose Classifier Options.
After selecting a classifier, click Train.
Repeat to try different classifiers.
Try decision trees and discriminants first. If the models are not accurate enough predicting the response, try other classifiers with higher flexibility. To avoid overfitting, look for a model of lower flexibility that provides sufficient accuracy.
If you decide you want to try all model types or train a group of the same type, try one of the All options in the Model Type gallery.
For next steps, see Compare and Improve Classification Models
You can train models in parallel using Classification Learner if you have Parallel Computing Toolbox. When you train classifiers, the app automatically starts a parallel pool of workers, unless you turn off the default parallel preference Automatically create a parallel pool. If a pool is already open, the app uses it for training. Parallel training allows you to train multiple classifiers at once and continue working.
The first time you click Train, you see a dialog while the app opens a parallel pool of workers. After the pool opens, you can train multiple classifiers at once.
When classifiers are training in parallel, you see progress indicators on each training and queued model in the history list, and you can cancel individual models if you want. During training, you can examine results and plots from models, and initiate training of more classifiers.
To control parallel training, toggle the Use Parallel button in the app toolstrip. The Use Parallel button is only available if you have Parallel Computing Toolbox.
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Click models in the history list to explore the results in the plots. Compare model performance by inspecting results in the scatter plot and confusion matrix. Examine the percentage accuracy reported in the history list for each model. See Assess Classifier Performance in Classification Learner.
Select the best model in the history list and then try including and excluding different features in the model. Click Feature Selection.
Try the parallel coordinates plot to help you identify features to remove. See if you can improve the model by removing features with low predictive power. Specify predictors to include in the model, and train new models using the new options. Compare results among the models in the history list.
You can also try transforming features with PCA to reduce dimensionality.
To improve the model further, you can try changing classifier parameter settings in the Advanced dialog box, and then train using the new options. To learn how to control model flexibility, see Choose Classifier Options.
If feature selection, PCA, or new parameter settings improve your model, try training All model types with the new settings. See if another model type does better with the new settings.
To avoid overfitting, look for a model of lower flexibility that provides sufficient accuracy. For example, look for simple models such as decision trees and discriminants that are fast and easy to interpret. If the models are not accurate enough predicting the response, choose other classifiers with higher flexibility, such as ensembles. To learn about the model flexibility, see Choose Classifier Options.
The figure shows the app with a history list containing various classifier types.
For a step-by-step example comparing different classifiers, see Train Decision Trees Using Classification Learner App.
For next steps, generate code to train the model with different data, or export trained models to the workspace to make predictions using new data. See Export Classification Model to Predict New Data.