ECML/PKDD 2013 Workshop: Languages for Data Mining and Machine Learning
23 September 2013
[en] machine learning ; data mining ; api design ; object-oriented programming ; programming library ; scientific software
[en] scikit-learn is an increasingly popular machine learning library. Written in Python, it is designed to be simple and efficient, accessible to non-experts, and reusable in various contexts. In this paper, we present and discuss our design choices for the application programming interface (API) of the project. In particular, we describe the simple and elegant interface shared by all learning and processing units in the library and then discuss its advantages in terms of composition and reusability. The paper also comments on implementation details specific to the Python ecosystem and analyzes obstacles faced by users and developers of the library.