Models for Ensembles

The model for an ensemble provides information about the component models in the ensemble and the performance of the ensemble as a whole.

The main (view-independent) toolbar allows you to choose whether to use the ensemble or a reference model for scoring. If the ensemble is used for scoring you can also select the combining rule. These changes do not require model re-execution; however, these choices are saved to the model for scoring and/or downstream model evaluation. They also affect PMML exported from the ensemble viewer.

Combining Rule. When scoring an ensemble, this is the rule used to combine the predicted values from the base models to compute the ensemble score value.

  • Ensemble predicted values for categorical targets can be combined using voting, highest probability, or highest mean probability. Voting selects the category that has the highest probability most often across the base models. Highest probability selects the category that achieves the single highest probability across all base models. Highest mean probability selects the category with the highest value when the category probabilities are averaged across base models.
  • Ensemble predicted values for continuous targets can be combined using the mean or median of the predicted values from the base models.

The default is taken from the specifications made during model building. Changing the combining rule recomputes the model accuracy and updates all views of model accuracy. The Predictor Importance chart also updates. This control is disabled if the reference model is selected for scoring.

Show All Combining rules. When selected , results for all available combining rules are shown in the model quality chart. The Component Model Accuracy chart is also updated to show reference lines for each voting method.