# Getting Started: fitting a Lasso model

The purpose of this tutorial is to show the basics of `glum`

. It assumes a working knowledge of python, regularized linear models, and machine learning. The API is very similar to scikit-learn. After all, `glum`

is based on a fork of scikit-learn.

If you have not done so already, please refer to our installation instructions for installing `glum`

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```
import pandas as pd
import sklearn
from sklearn.datasets import fetch_openml
from glum import GeneralizedLinearRegressor, GeneralizedLinearRegressorCV
```

## Data

We start by loading the King County housing dataset from openML and splitting it into training and test sets. For simplicity, we don’t go into any details regarding exploration or data cleaning.

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```
house_data = fetch_openml(name="house_sales", version=3, as_frame=True)
# Use only select features
X = house_data.data[
[
"bedrooms",
"bathrooms",
"sqft_living",
"floors",
"waterfront",
"view",
"condition",
"grade",
"yr_built",
]
].copy()
# Targets
y = house_data.target
```

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```
X_train, X_test, y_train, y_test = sklearn.model_selection.train_test_split(
X, y, test_size = 0.3, random_state=5
)
```

## GLM basics: fitting and predicting using the normal family

We’ll use `glum.GeneralizedLinearRegressor`

to predict the house prices using the available predictors.

We set three key parameters:

`family`

: the family parameter specifies the distributional assumption of the GLM and, as a consequence, the loss function to be minimized. Accepted strings are ‘normal’, ‘poisson’, ‘gamma’, ‘inverse.gaussian’, and ‘binomial’. You can also pass in an instantiated`glum`

distribution (e.g.`glum.TweedieDistribution(1.5)`

)`alpha`

: the constant multiplying the penalty term that determines regularization strength. (*Note*:`GeneralizedLinearRegressor`

also has an alpha-search option. See the`GeneralizedLinearRegressorCV`

example below for details on how alpha-search works).`l1_ratio`

: the elastic net mixing parameter (`0 <= l1_ratio <= 1`

). For`l1_ratio = 0`

, the penalty is the L2 penalty (ridge).`For l1_ratio = 1`

, it is an L1 penalty (lasso). For`0 < l1_ratio < 1`

, the penalty is a combination of L1 and L2.

To be precise, we will be minimizing the function with respect to the parameters, \(\beta\):

\begin{equation} \frac{1}{N}(\mathbf{X}\beta - y)^2 + \alpha\|\beta\|_1 \end{equation}

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```
glm = GeneralizedLinearRegressor(family="normal", alpha=0.1, l1_ratio=1)
```

The `GeneralizedLinearRegressor.fit()`

method follows typical sklearn API style and accepts two primary inputs:

`X`

: the design matrix with shape`(n_samples, n_features)`

.`y`

: the`n_samples`

length array of target data.

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```
glm.fit(X_train, y_train)
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```
GeneralizedLinearRegressor(alpha=0.1, l1_ratio=1)
```

Once the model has been estimated, we can retrieve useful information using an sklearn-style syntax.

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```
# retrieve the coefficients and the intercept
coefs = glm.coef_
intercept = glm.intercept_
# use the model to predict on our test data
preds = glm.predict(X_test)
preds[0:5]
```

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```
array([ 482648.22861066, 142902.68859995, 539452.61266391,
569693.78048569, 1042446.90903451])
```

## Fitting a GLM with cross validation

Now, we fit using automatic cross validation with `glum.GeneralizedLinearRegressorCV`

. This mirrors the commonly used `cv.glmnet`

function.

Some important parameters:

`alphas`

: for`GeneralizedLinearRegressorCV`

, the best`alpha`

will be found by searching along the regularization path. The regularization path is determined as follows:If

`alpha`

is an iterable, use it directly. All other parameters governing the regularization path are ignored.If

`min_alpha`

is set, create a path from`min_alpha`

to the lowest alpha such that all coefficients are zero.If

`min_alpha_ratio`

is set, create a path where the ratio of`min_alpha / max_alpha = min_alpha_ratio`

.If none of the above parameters are set, use a

`min_alpha_ratio`

of 1e-6.

`l1_ratio`

: for`GeneralizedLinearRegressorCV`

, if you pass`l1_ratio`

as an array, the`fit`

method will choose the best value of`l1_ratio`

and store it as`self.l1_ratio_`

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```
glmcv = GeneralizedLinearRegressorCV(
family="normal",
alphas=None, # default
min_alpha=None, # default
min_alpha_ratio=None, # default
l1_ratio=[0, 0.5, 1.0],
fit_intercept=True,
max_iter=150
)
glmcv.fit(X_train, y_train)
print(f"Chosen alpha: {glmcv.alpha_}")
print(f"Chosen l1 ratio: {glmcv.l1_ratio_}")
```

```
Chosen alpha: 0.0003274549162877732
Chosen l1 ratio: 0.0
```

Congratulations! You have finished our getting started tutorial. If you wish to learn more, please see our other tutorials for more advanced topics like Poisson, Gamma, and Tweedie regression, high dimensional fixed effects, and spatial smoothing using Tikhonov regularization.

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