R/Weka Meta Learners

R interfaces to Weka meta learners.

models, regression, classif
AdaBoostM1(formula, data, subset, na.action,
           control = Weka_control(), options = NULL)
Bagging(formula, data, subset, na.action,
        control = Weka_control(), options = NULL)
LogitBoost(formula, data, subset, na.action,
           control = Weka_control(), options = NULL)
MultiBoostAB(formula, data, subset, na.action,
             control = Weka_control(), options = NULL)
Stacking(formula, data, subset, na.action,
         control = Weka_control(), options = NULL)
CostSensitiveClassifier(formula, data, subset, na.action,
                        control = Weka_control(), options = NULL)
a symbolic description of the model to be fit.
an optional data frame containing the variables in the model.
an optional vector specifying a subset of observations to be used in the fitting process.
a function which indicates what should happen when the data contain NAs.
an object of class Weka_control giving options to be passed to the Weka learner. Available options can be obtained on-line using the Weka Option Wizard WOW
a named list of further options, or NULL (default). See Details.

There are a predict method for predicting from the fitted models, and a summary method based on evaluate_Weka_classifier.

AdaBoostM1 implements the AdaBoost M1 method of Freund and Schapire (1996).

Bagging provides bagging (Breiman, 1996).

LogitBoost performs boosting via additive logistic regression (Friedman, Hastie and Tibshirani, 2000).

MultiBoostAB implements MultiBoosting (Webb, 2000), an extension to the AdaBoost technique for forming decision committees which can be viewed as a combination of AdaBoost and wagging.

Stacking provides stacking (Wolpert, 1992).

CostSensitiveClassifier makes its base classifier cost-sensitive.

The model formulae should only use the + and - operators to indicate the variables to be included or not used, respectively.

Argument options allows further customization. Currently, options model and instances (or partial matches for these) are used: if set to TRUE, the model frame or the corresponding Weka instances, respectively, are included in the fitted model object, possibly speeding up subsequent computations on the object. By default, neither is included.


  • A list inheriting from classes Weka_meta and Weka_classifiers with components including
  • classifiera reference (of class jobjRef) to a Java object obtained by applying the Weka buildClassifier method to build the specified model using the given control options.
  • predictionsa numeric vector or factor with the model predictions for the training instances (the results of calling the Weka classifyInstance method for the built classifier and each instance).
  • callthe matched call.


multiBoostAB requires Weka package multiBoostAB to be installed.


L. Breiman (1996). Bagging predictors. Machine Learning, 24/2, 123--140.

Y. Freund and R. E. Schapire (1996). Experiments with a new boosting algorithm. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Machine Learning, pages 148--156. Morgan Kaufmann: San Francisco.

J. H. Friedman, T. Hastie, and R. Tibshirani (2000). Additive logistic regression: A statistical view of boosting. Annals of Statistics, 28/2, 337--374.

G. I. Webb (2000). MultiBoosting: A technique for combining boosting and wagging. Machine Learning, 40/2, 159--196.

I. H. Witten and E. Frank (2005). Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques. 2nd Edition, Morgan Kaufmann, San Francisco.

D. H. Wolpert (1992). Stacked generalization. Neural Networks, 5, 241--259.

See Also


  • Weka_classifier_meta
  • AdaBoostM1
  • Bagging
  • LogitBoost
  • MultiBoostAB
  • Stacking
  • CostSensitiveClassifier
## Use AdaBoostM1 with decision stumps.
m1 <- AdaBoostM1(Species ~ ., data = iris,
                 control = Weka_control(W = "DecisionStump"))
table(predict(m1), iris$Species)

summary(m1) # uses evaluate_Weka_classifier()

## Control options for the base classifiers employed by the meta
## learners (apart from Stacking) can be given as follows:
m2 <- AdaBoostM1(Species ~ ., data = iris,
                 control = Weka_control(W = list(J48, M = 30)))
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