# Driverless AI Transformations¶

Transformations in Driverless AI are applied to columns in the data. The transformers create the engineered features in experiments.

Driverless AI provides a number of transformers. The downloaded experiment logs include the transformations that were applied to your experiment. Note that you can exclude transformations in the **config.toml** file, and that list of excluded transformers will also be available in the experiment log.

## Available Transformers¶

The following transformers are available for classification (multiclass and binary) and regression experiments.

### Numeric Transformers (Integer, Real, Binary)¶

ClusterDist Transformer

The Cluster Distance Transformer clusters selected numeric columns and uses the distance to a specific cluster as a new feature.

ClusterTE Transformer

The Cluster Target Encoding Transformer clusters selected numeric columns and calculates the mean of the response column for each cluster. The mean of the response is used as a new feature. Cross Validation is used to calculate mean response to prevent overfitting.

Interactions Transformer

The Interactions Transformer adds, divides, multiplies, and subtracts two numeric columns in the data to create a new feature. This transformation uses a smart search to identify which feature pairs to transform. Only interactions that improve the baseline model score are kept.

InteractionsSimple Transformer

The InteractionsSimple Transformer adds, divides, multiplies, and subtracts two numeric columns in the data to create a new feature. This transformation randomly selects pairs of features to transform.

NumCatTE Transformer

The Numeric Categorical Target Encoding Transformer calculates the mean of the response column for several selected columns. If one of the selected columns is numeric, it is first converted to categorical by binning. The mean of the response column is used as a new feature. Cross Validation is used to calculate mean response to prevent overfitting.

NumToCatTE Transformer

The Numeric to Categorical Target Encoding Transformer converts numeric columns to categoricals by binning and then calculates the mean of the response column for each group. The mean of the response for the bin is used as a new feature. Cross Validation is used to calculate mean response to prevent overfitting.

NumToCatWoEMonotonic Transformer

The Numeric to Categorical Weight of Evidence Monotonic Transformer converts a numeric column to categorical by binning and then calculates Weight of Evidence for each bin. The monotonic constraint ensures the bins of values are monotonically related to the Weight of Evidence value. The Weight of Evidence is used as a new feature. Weight of Evidence measures the “strength” of a grouping for separating good and bad risk and is calculated by taking the log of the ratio of distributions for a binary response column.

NumToCatWoE Transformer

The Numeric to Categorical Weight of Evidence Transformer converts a numeric column to categorical by binning and then calculates Weight of Evidence for each bin. The Weight of Evidence is used as a new feature. Weight of Evidence measures the “strength” of a grouping for separating good and bad risk and is calculated by taking the log of the ratio of distributions for a binary response column.

Original Transformer

The Original Transformer applies an identity transformation to a numeric column.

TruncSVDNum Transformer

Truncated SVD Transformer trains a Truncated SVD model on selected numeric columns and uses the components of the truncated SVD matrix as new features.

### Time Series Experiments Transformers¶

DateOriginal Transformer

The Date Original Transformer retrieves date values such as year, quarter, month, day, day of the year, week, and weekday values.

DateTimeOriginal Transformer

The Date Time Original Transformer retrieves date

*and*time values such as year, quarter, month, day, day of the year, week, weekday, hour, minute, and second values.EwmaLags Transformer

The Exponentially Weighted Moving Average (EWMA) Transformer calculates the exponentially weighted moving average of target or feature lags.

LagsAggregates Transformer

The Lags Aggregates Transformer calculates aggregations of target/feature lags like mean(lag7, lag14, lag21) with support for mean, min, max, median, sum, skew, kurtosis, std. The aggregation is used as a new feature.

LagsInteraction Transformer

The Lags Interaction Transformer creates target/feature lags and calculates interactions between the lags (lag2 - lag1, for instance). The interaction is used as a new feature.

Lags Transformer

The Lags Transformer creates target/feature lags, possibly over groups. Each lag is used as a new feature. Lag transformers may apply to categorical (strings) features or binary/multiclass string valued targets after they have been internally numerically encoded.

LinearLagsRegression Transformer

The Linear Lags Regression transformer trains a linear model on the target or feature lags to predict the current target or feature value. The linear model prediction is used as a new feature.

### Categorical Transformers (String)¶

Cat Transformer

The Cat Transformer sorts a categorical column in lexicographical order and uses the order index created as a new feature. This transformer works with models that can handle categorical features.

CatOriginal Transformer

The Categorical Original Transformer applies an identity transformation that leaves categorical features as they are. This transformer works with models that can handle non-numeric feature values.

CVCatNumEncode Transformer

The Cross Validation Categorical to Numeric Encoding Transformer calculates an aggregation of a numeric column for each value in a categorical column (ex: calculate the mean Temperature for each City) and uses this aggregation as a new feature.

CVTargetEncode Transformer

The Cross Validation Target Encoding Transformer calculates the mean of the response column for each value in a categorical column and uses this as a new feature. Cross Validation is used to calculate mean response to prevent overfitting.

Frequent Transformer

The Frequent Transformer calculates the frequency for each value in categorical column(s) and uses this as a new feature. This count can be either the raw count or the normalized count.

LexiLabelEncoder Transformer

The Lexi Label Encoder sorts a categorical column in lexicographical order and uses the order index created as a new feature.

NumCatTE Transformer

The Numeric Categorical Target Encoding Transformer calculates the mean of the response column for several selected columns. If one of the selected columns is numeric, it is first converted to categorical by binning. The mean of the response column is used as a new feature. Cross Validation is used to calculate mean response to prevent overfitting.

OneHotEncoding Transformer

The One-hot Encoding transformer converts a categorical column to a series of boolean features by performing one-hot encoding. The boolean features are used as new features.

SortedLE Transformer

The Sorted Label Encoding Transformer sorts a categorical column by the response column and uses the order index created as a new feature.

WeightOfEvidence Transformer

The Weight of Evidence Transformer calculates Weight of Evidence for each value in categorical column(s). The Weight of Evidence is used as a new feature. Weight of Evidence measures the “strength” of a grouping for separating good and bad risk and is calculated by taking the log of the ratio of distributions for a binary response column.

This only works with a binary target variable. The likelihood needs to be created within a stratified kfold if a fit_transform method is used. More information can be found here: http://ucanalytics.com/blogs/information-value-and-weight-of-evidencebanking-case/.

### Text Transformers (String)¶

TextBiGRU Transformer

The Text Bidirectional GRU Transformer trains a bi-directional GRU TensorFlow model on word embeddings created from a text feature to predict the response column. The GRU prediction is used as a new feature. Cross Validation is used when training the GRU model to prevent overfitting.

TextCharCNN Transformer

The Text Character CNN Transformer trains a CNN TensorFlow model on character embeddings created from a text feature to predict the response column. The CNN prediction is used as a new feature. Cross Validation is used when training the CNN model to prevent overfitting.

TextCNN Transformer

The Text CNN Transformer trains a CNN TensorFlow model on word embeddings created from a text feature to predict the response column. The CNN prediction is used as a new a feature. Cross Validation is used when training the CNN model to prevent overfitting.

TextLinModel Transformer

The Text Linear Model Transformer trains a linear model on a TF-IDF matrix created from a text feature to predict the response column. The linear model prediction is used as a new feature. Cross Validation is used when training the linear model to prevent overfitting.

Text Transformer

The Text Transformer tokenizes a text column and creates a TFIDF matrix (term frequency-inverse document frequency) or count (count of the word) matrix. This may be followed by dimensionality reduction using truncated SVD. Selected components of the TF-IDF/Count matrix are used as new features.

### Time Transformers (Date, Time)¶

Dates Transformer

The Dates Transformer retrieves any date values, including:

Year

Quarter

Month

Day

Day of year

Week

Week day

Hour

Minute

Second

IsHoliday Transformer

The Is Holiday Transformer determines if a date column is a holiday. A boolean column indicating if the date is a holiday is added as a new feature. Creates a separate feature for holidays in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, and the European Central Bank. Other countries available in the python Holiday package can be added via the configuration file.

## Example Transformations¶

In this section, we will describe some of the available transformations using the example of predicting house prices on the example dataset.

Date Built |
Square Footage |
Num Beds |
Num Baths |
State |
Price |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

01/01/1920 |
1700 |
3 |
2 |
NY |
$700K |

### Frequent Transformer¶

the count of each categorical value in the dataset

the count can be either the raw count or the normalized count

Date Built |
Square Footage |
Num Beds |
Num Baths |
State |
Price |
Freq_State |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

01/01/1920 |
1700 |
3 |
2 |
NY |
700,000 |
4,500 |

There are 4,500 properties in this dataset with state = NY.

### Bulk Interactions Transformer¶

add, divide, multiply, and subtract two columns in the data

Date Built |
Square Footage |
Num Beds |
Num Baths |
State |
Price |
Interaction_NumBeds#subtract#NumBaths |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

01/01/1920 |
1700 |
3 |
2 |
NY |
700,000 |
1 |

There is one more bedroom than there are number of bathrooms for this property.

### Truncated SVD Numeric Transformer¶

truncated SVD trained on selected numeric columns of the data

the components of the truncated SVD will be new features

Date Built |
Square Footage |
Num Beds |
Num Baths |
State |
Price |
TruncSVD_Price_NumBeds_NumBaths_1 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

01/01/1920 |
1700 |
3 |
2 |
NY |
700,000 |
0.632 |

The first component of the truncated SVD of the columns Price, Number of Beds, Number of Baths.

### Dates Transformer¶

get year, get quarter, get month, get day, get day of year, get week, get week day, get hour, get minute, get second

Date Built |
Square Footage |
Num Beds |
Num Baths |
State |
Price |
DateBuilt_Month |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

01/01/1920 |
1700 |
3 |
2 |
NY |
700,000 |
1 |

The home was built in the month January.

### Text Transformer¶

transform text column using methods: TFIDF or count (count of the word)

this may be followed by dimensionality reduction using truncated SVD

### Categorical Target Encoding Transformer¶

cross validation target encoding done on a categorical column

Date Built |
Square Footage |
Num Beds |
Num Baths |
State |
Price |
CV_TE_State |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

01/01/1920 |
1700 |
3 |
2 |
NY |
700,000 |
550,000 |

The average price of properties in NY state is $550,000*.

*In order to prevent overfitting, Driverless AI calculates this average on out-of-fold data using cross validation.

### Numeric to Categorical Target Encoding Transformer¶

numeric column converted to categorical by binning

cross validation target encoding done on the binned numeric column

Date Built |
Square Footage |
Num Beds |
Num Baths |
State |
Price |
CV_TE_SquareFootage |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

01/01/1920 |
1700 |
3 |
2 |
NY |
700,000 |
345,000 |

The column `Square Footage`

has been bucketed into 10 equally populated bins. This property lies in the `Square Footage`

bucket 1,572 to 1,749. The average price of properties with this range of square footage is $345,000*.

*In order to prevent overfitting, Driverless AI calculates this average on out-of-fold data using cross validation.

### Cluster Target Encoding Transformer¶

selected columns in the data are clustered

target encoding is done on the cluster ID

Date Built |
Square Footage |
Num Beds |
Num Baths |
State |
Price |
ClusterTE_4_NumBeds_NumBaths_SquareFootage |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

01/01/1920 |
1700 |
3 |
2 |
NY |
700,000 |
450,000 |

The columns: `Num Beds`

, `Num Baths`

, `Square Footage`

have been segmented into 4 clusters. The average price of properties in the same cluster as the selected property is $450,000*.

*In order to prevent overfitting, Driverless AI calculates this average on out-of-fold data using cross validation.

### Cluster Distance Transformer¶

selected columns in the data are clustered

the distance to a chosen cluster center is calculated

Date Built |
Square Footage |
Num Beds |
Num Baths |
State |
Price |
ClusterDist_4_NumBeds_NumBaths_SquareFootage_1 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

01/01/1920 |
1700 |
3 |
2 |
NY |
700,000 |
0.83 |

The columns: `Num Beds`

, `Num Baths`

, `Square Footage`

have been segmented into 4 clusters. The difference from this record to Cluster 1 is 0.83.