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How to assemble neural networks using AdaNet?

Assembly is a machine learning mechanism that serves as the basis for a variety of powerful algorithms. In general, assembly is a learning technique in which many models are combined to solve a problem. Likewise, in deep learning, the set can be used when the nonlinearity is high and models based on a single architecture perform poorly most of the time. In the context of ensemble learning, we will discuss what ensemble learning is and how it can be used in deep learning using the AdaNet framework in this article. The main points to cover in this article are listed below.


  1. What is group learning?
  2. Types of ensemble learning
  3. Assembling Neural Networks Using AdaNet
    1. Overall mechanism
    2. Adaptive search mechanism

Let’s start the discussion by understanding what a set is.

What is group learning?

In machine learning, ensemble approaches combine many weak learners to achieve better prediction performance than each of the constituent learning algorithms alone. A machine learning set, unlike a statistical set in statistical mechanics, which is usually infinite, largely consists of a relatively small number of potential models, but allows a much more flexible structure to exist within these possibilities. .

A hypothesis space is searched by supervised learning algorithms for an appropriate hypothesis that will provide accurate predictions for a particular circumstance. Even when the hypothesis space contains hypotheses that are perfectly suited to a certain scenario, choosing the optimal can be difficult. Sets incorporate many hypotheses to create a new (hopefully better) hypothesis.

The word “set” refers to approaches that use the same underlying learner to create multiple hypotheses. Multiple classifier systems is a broader term that includes the hybridization of hypotheses that are not conducted by the same basic learner.

Types of ensemble learning

While there are almost endless ways to achieve this, perhaps three classes of ensemble learning techniques are most often discussed and implemented in practice. Their popularity is due to their ease of use and their ability to solve a wide variety of predictive modeling problems. The three methods are bagging, stacking and overfeeding. We’ll go through each of them briefly now.


The generation of so-called bootstraped datasets is the first step in the bagging process. The number of items chosen from each bootstrap set is the same as in the original training dataset, but the items are chosen at random with replacement.

Therefore, in a given bootstrap set, a given sample of the original training set may occur zero, one or more times. Bagged sets are another by-product of the priming process. It is a statistical technique for calculating the statistical value of a sample of data using small data sets. Producing several separate bootstrap samples, estimating a statistical quantity, and averaging the estimates can result in a better overall estimate of the desired quantity.

Likewise, a large number of training data sets can be prepared, estimated and projected. The predictions of many models are generally superior to the predictions of a single model fitted directly to the training dataset.


The technique of learning a learning algorithm to incorporate the predictions of multiple learning algorithms is known as stacking (also known as stacked generalization). All other algorithms are first trained using the available data, then a combination algorithm is taught to make a final prediction using the predictions of all other algorithms as additional inputs.

If an arbitrary combination technique is used, the stacking may reflect one of the ensemble approaches, however, in fact the combiner is usually a logistic regression model. In the vast majority of cases, stacking outperforms the use of a single trained model. It has been proven to work in both supervised and unsupervised learning environments (regression, classification and distance learning).


Reinforcement involves forming a set step by step by training each new model instance to focus on training examples that previous models misclassified. Boosting has been shown to be more accurate than bagging in certain circumstances, but it also has a higher risk of overfitting training data. Although some newer algorithms generate better results, Adaboost is by far the most popular implementation of boosting.

In the very first boost cycle, the sample training data is assigned an identical weight (uniform probability distribution). After that, the data is passed to a basic learner (say L1). Occurrences misclassified by L1 are given more weight than correctly classified examples, but the total probability distribution remains the same. This boosted data is then sent to the second basic learner (let’s call it L2), and so on. Then the results are grouped together in the form of a vote.

Assembling Neural Networks Using AdaNet

AdaNet is a lightweight TensorFlow-based framework for machine learning high-quality models with minimal expert interaction. AdaNet provides a comprehensive framework for learning not only neural network design, but also how to put models together to achieve even better results.

AdaNet is simple to use and produces high quality models, saving ML practitioners time by creating an adaptive method for learning neural architecture as a set of subnets and ML practitioners saving time. time to identify ideal neural network topologies. AdaNet can generate a varied set by adding subnets of different depths and widths, and it can compensate for the performance gain with the number of parameters.

AdaNet offers a one-of-a-kind adaptive compute graph that can be used to create models that add and remove operations and variables over time while maintaining the optimizations and scalability of TensorFlow’s graphing model. Users can use this adaptive graph to build incrementally growing models (like boost style), architecture search algorithms, and hyperparameter tuning without having to manage an external for loop.

Now, we are going to discuss two important mechanisms of AdaNet that are responsible for the assembly.

Overall mechanism

Sets are the first class key objects in AdaNet. Every model you train will be part of some kind of set. A set is made up of one or more subnets, each of which has its outputs combined by a set (see figure below).

Since the sets are model independent, a subnetwork can be as complex as a deep neural network or as simple as an if statement. All that matters is that the assembler can combine the outputs of the subnets to form a single prediction for a given input tensor.

Adaptive search mechanism

The AdaNet method iteratively performs the following architecture search to build a set of subnets in the animation below:

  • Produces a set of candidate subnets.
  • Trains subnets as specified by the user.
  • The performance of the subnets as part of the assembly, which is a single network assembly in the first iteration, is evaluated.
  • The subnet that improves the performance of the set the most is included in the set for the next iteration.
  • Prunes other subnets from the graph.
  • Adapts the subnet’s search space based on the results of the current iteration.
  • The process moves on to the next iteration.
  • Repeat.

Final words

Through this article, we have discussed what ensemble learning is and seen which types are used the most. Normally we refer to ensemble learning to statistic-based ML algorithms such as tree-based, linear, and probability-based algorithms. Likewise, deep ensemble learning models combine the advantages of deep learning models and ensemble learning, resulting in greater generalization performance for the final model. To imagine it concretely, we went through a framework called AdaNet.

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