7.00.02 - XGBoost Functions - Aster Analytics

Teradata Aster® Analytics Foundation User GuideUpdate 2

Aster Analytics
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September 2017
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Programming Reference
User Guide
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English (United States)

The XGBoost_Drive function trains a classification model using gradient boosting with decision trees as the base-line classifier and has a corresponding predict function, XGBoost_Predict.

In gradient boosting, each iteration fits a model to the residuals (errors) of the previous iteration. It also provides a general framework for adding a loss function and a regularization term.

The Aster Analytics implementation of the XGBoost algorithm includes:
  • Loss functions:
    • Binomial (for binary classification)
    • Softmax (for multiple-class classification)
  • L2 regularization
  • Shrinkage
  • Column subsampling

Row subsampling is implemented by randomly partitioning the input dataset among the available vworkers. By distributing the input dataset across vworkers, we train multiple gradient boosting trees in parallel, each on a subset of data. The results are combined to generate a final prediction by majority vote.

You can use the XGBoost functions to generate predictions input for the Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) function.

For a general description of gradient boosting, see https://statweb.stanford.edu/~jhf/ftp/trebst.pdf. For more details about the XGBoost algorithm, see http://www.kdd.org/kdd2016/papers/files/rfp0697-chenAemb.pdf.