H2o Flow – Diving into the Deep End


H2o and Flow are simple to install.  Once installed, just run the following command to start H2o, and thus get access to Flow via localhost:54321:

java -jar build/h2o.jar

There are numerous samples available with the install, such as:

  • Million Song Binary Classification Demo
  • GLM Tutorial
  • KDDCup 2009 Churn Prediction Demo
  • Predicting Airline Delays

There is a lot of test data available on H2o’s public tests S3.

If you’ve made it though various demos and tutorials, its now time to crunch some of your own data.  Correctly (or not), I’ve gone down the road of creating some sample data tests in .CSV files which I then load into Flow using the Help/Assist Me/importFiles function.  With a number of samples data .CSV files loaded, I can execute Help/Assist Me/getFrames to see the data files loaded, and a Frame for each.

Next up, the Model.  There are a number of algorithm to select for your model:

Use GLM when the variable of interest relates to predictions or inferences about a rate, an event, or a continuous measurement or for questions about how a set of environmental conditions influence the dependent variable.Here are some examples:“What attributes determine which customers will purchase, and which will not?”,“Given a set of specific manufacturing conditions, how many units produced will fail?”,“How many customers will contact help support in a given time frame?”

Random Forest (RF) is a powerful classification tool. When given a set of data, RF generates a forest of classification trees, rather than a single classification tree. Each of these trees generates a classification for a given set of attributes. The classification from each H2O tree can be thought of as a vote; the most votes determines the classification.

Use K-Means when data are a set of attributes on which the members of the population likely differ and the objective is classification. Here are some examples: How do competitors differ from one another on critical dimensions?  How is a particular market segmented?  Which dimensions are most important to differentiating between members of a population of interest?

Once you’ve decide on the algorithm to use for your model (possibly based on a lot of reading and learning if your not a skilled data scientist), you then need to configure your model with the n options available.

Flow appears to only offer the import of a data file into a Frame, and the splitting of a Frame into 2 or more Frames.  Given a Model appears to only take a training and validation frame, I don’t see a way to combine Frame similar to the code shown in “Build a Machine-Learning App Using Sparkling Water and Apache Spark” that shows joining of tables using Spark and then publishing a Spark RDD as an H2O Frame.  Therefore its important to ensure you only have a single Frame loaded from a file when playing in Flow land – or maybe I missed a feature in Flow?

At this point, I’m now in model option land.  I’m also going to go back and have another go with R-Studio and H2O.

“‘Ask Craig’- Determining Craigslist Job Categories with Sparkling Water” offers a 2 part article which is worth a read.

~ by mdavey on March 16, 2016.

One Response to “H2o Flow – Diving into the Deep End”

  1. Hello , i am pyspark user and i am working inside companig where i dont have acces to pip for installing package . have you other methode to use pysparkling without installing pip i have python2.7 alerdy installed in my config.

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