Integrating with MLflow

In this post, we are going to explain how setup the build-in integration of sklearn-genetic-opt with MLflow. To use this feature, we must set the parameters that will include the tracking server, experiment name, run name, tags and others, the full implementation is here: MLflowConfig


The configuration is pretty straightforward, we just need to import the main class and define some parameters, here there is its meaning:

  • tracking_uri: Address of local or remote-tracking server.

  • experiment: Case sensitive name of an experiment to be activated.

  • run_name: Name of new run (stored as a mlflow.runName tag).

  • save_models: If True, it will log the estimator into mlflow artifacts.

  • registry_uri: Address of local or remote model registry server.

  • tags: Dictionary of tags to apply.


In this example, we are going to log the information into a mlflow server that is running in our localhost, port 5000, we want to save each of the trained models.

from sklearn_genetic.mlflow import MLflowConfig

mlflow_config = MLflowConfig(
    run_name="Decision Tree",
    tags={"team": "sklearn-genetic-opt", "version": "0.5.0"})

Now, this config is passed to the GASearchCV class in the parameter named log_config, for example:

from sklearn_genetic import GASearchCV
from import Categorical, Integer, Continuous
from sklearn.model_selection import train_test_split, StratifiedKFold
from sklearn.tree import DecisionTreeClassifier
from sklearn.datasets import load_digits
from sklearn.metrics import accuracy_score
from sklearn_genetic.mlflow import MLflowConfig

data = load_digits()
label_names = data["target_names"]
y = data["target"]
X = data["data"]

X_train, X_test, y_train, y_test = train_test_split(
    X, y, test_size=0.33, random_state=42)

clf = DecisionTreeClassifier()

params_grid = {
    "min_weight_fraction_leaf": Continuous(0, 0.5),
    "criterion": Categorical(["gini", "entropy"]),
    "max_depth": Integer(2, 20),
    "max_leaf_nodes": Integer(2, 30)}

cv = StratifiedKFold(n_splits=3, shuffle=True)

evolved_estimator = GASearchCV(
    log_config=mlflow_config), y_train)
y_predict_ga = evolved_estimator.predict(X_test)
accuracy = accuracy_score(y_test, y_predict_ga)


Notice that we choose small generations and population_size, just to be able to see the results without much verbosity.

If you go to your mlflow UI and click the experiment named “Digits-sklearn-genetic-opt” we should see something like this (I’ve hidden some columns to give a better look):


There we can see the user that ran the experiment, the name of the file which contained the source code, our tags and other metadata. Notice that there is a “plus” symbol that will show us each of our iterations, this is because sklearn-genetic-opt will log each call in a nested way, think it like a parent run, and each child is one of the hyperparameters that were tested, for example, if we run the same code again, now we see two parents run:


Now click on any of the “plus” symbols to see all the children, now they look like this (again edited the columns to display):


From there we can see the hyperparameters and the score (cross-validation) that we got in each run, from there we can use the regular mlflow functionalities like comparing runs, download the CSV, register a model, etc. You can see more on

Now, as we set save_model=True, you can see that the column “Model” has a file attached as an artifact, if we click on one of those, we see a resume of that particular execution and some utils to use right away the model: