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dmlc / XGBoost.jl


XGBoost Julia Package



Build Status XGBoost

eXtreme Gradient Boosting Package in Julia


This package is a Julia interface of XGBoost, which is short for eXtreme Gradient Boosting. It is an efficient and scalable implementation of gradient boosting framework. The package includes efficient linear model solver and tree learning algorithms. The library is parallelized using OpenMP, and it can be more than 10 times faster than some existing gradient boosting packages. It supports various objective functions, including regression, classification and ranking. The package is also made to be extensible, so that users are also allowed to define their own objectives easily.


  • Sparse feature format, it allows easy handling of missing values, and improve computation efficiency.
  • Advanced features, such as customized loss function, cross validation, see demo folder for walkthrough examples.





By default, the package builds the latest stable version of the XGBoost library. To build the latest master, set the environment variable XGBOOST_BUILD_VERSION to "master" prior to installing or building the package (e.g. ENV["XGBOOST_BUILD_VERSION"] = "master").

Minimal examples

To show how XGBoost works, here is an example of dataset Mushroom

  • Prepare Data

XGBoost support Julia Array, SparseMatrixCSC, libSVM format text and XGBoost binary file as input. Here is an example of Mushroom classification. This example will use the function readlibsvm in basic_walkthrough.jl. This function load libsvm format text into Julia dense matrix.

using XGBoost

train_X, train_Y = readlibsvm("data/agaricus.txt.train", (6513, 126))
test_X, test_Y = readlibsvm("data/agaricus.txt.test", (1611, 126))
  • Fit Model
num_round = 2
bst = xgboost(train_X, num_round, label = train_Y, eta = 1, max_depth = 2)


pred = predict(bst, test_X)
print("test-error=", sum((pred .> 0.5) .!= test_Y) / float(size(pred)[1]), "\n")


nfold = 5
param = ["max_depth" => 2,
         "eta" => 1,
         "objective" => "binary:logistic"]
metrics = ["auc"]
nfold_cv(train_X, num_round, nfold, label = train_Y, param = param, metrics = metrics)

Feature Walkthrough

Check demo

Model Parameter Setting

Check XGBoost Wiki