Control parameters for train

Control the computational nuances of the train function

trainControl(method = "boot", number = ifelse(grepl("cv", method), 10, 25),
  repeats = ifelse(grepl("cv", method), 1, number), p = 0.75,
  search = "grid", initialWindow = NULL, horizon = 1,
  fixedWindow = TRUE, skip = 0, verboseIter = FALSE, returnData = TRUE,
  returnResamp = "final", savePredictions = FALSE, classProbs = FALSE,
  summaryFunction = defaultSummary, selectionFunction = "best",
  preProcOptions = list(thresh = 0.95, ICAcomp = 3, k = 5, freqCut = 95/5,
  uniqueCut = 10, cutoff = 0.9), sampling = NULL, index = NULL,
  indexOut = NULL, indexFinal = NULL, timingSamps = 0,
  predictionBounds = rep(FALSE, 2), seeds = NA, adaptive = list(min = 5,
  alpha = 0.05, method = "gls", complete = TRUE), trim = FALSE,
  allowParallel = TRUE)

The resampling method: "boot", "boot632", "optimism_boot", "boot_all", "cv", "repeatedcv", "LOOCV", "LGOCV" (for repeated training/test splits), "none" (only fits one model to the entire training set), "oob" (only for random forest, bagged trees, bagged earth, bagged flexible discriminant analysis, or conditional tree forest models), timeslice, "adaptive_cv", "adaptive_boot" or "adaptive_LGOCV"


Either the number of folds or number of resampling iterations


For repeated k-fold cross-validation only: the number of complete sets of folds to compute


For leave-group out cross-validation: the training percentage


Either "grid" or "random", describing how the tuning parameter grid is determined. See details below.

initialWindow, horizon, fixedWindow, skip

possible arguments to createTimeSlices when method is timeslice.


A logical for printing a training log.


A logical for saving the data


A character string indicating how much of the resampled summary metrics should be saved. Values can be "final", "all" or "none"


an indicator of how much of the hold-out predictions for each resample should be saved. Values can be either "all", "final", or "none". A logical value can also be used that convert to "all" (for true) or "none" (for false). "final" saves the predictions for the optimal tuning parameters.


a logical; should class probabilities be computed for classification models (along with predicted values) in each resample?


a function to compute performance metrics across resamples. The arguments to the function should be the same as those in defaultSummary. Note that it method = "oob" is used, this option is ignored and a warning is issued.


the function used to select the optimal tuning parameter. This can be a name of the function or the function itself. See best for details and other options.


A list of options to pass to preProcess. The type of pre-processing (e.g. center, scaling etc) is passed in via the preProc option in train.


a single character value describing the type of additional sampling that is conducted after resampling (usually to resolve class imbalances). Values are "none", "down", "up", "smote", or "rose". The latter two values require the DMwR and ROSE packages, respectively. This argument can also be a list to facilitate custom sampling and these details can be found on the caret package website for sampling (link below).


a list with elements for each resampling iteration. Each list element is a vector of integers corresponding to the rows used for training at that iteration.


a list (the same length as index) that dictates which data are held-out for each resample (as integers). If NULL, then the unique set of samples not contained in index is used.


an optional vector of integers indicating which samples are used to fit the final model after resampling. If NULL, then entire data set is used.


the number of training set samples that will be used to measure the time for predicting samples (zero indicates that the prediction time should not be estimated.


a logical or numeric vector of length 2 (regression only). If logical, the predictions can be constrained to be within the limit of the training set outcomes. For example, a value of c(TRUE, FALSE) would only constrain the lower end of predictions. If numeric, specific bounds can be used. For example, if c(10, NA), values below 10 would be predicted as 10 (with no constraint in the upper side).


an optional set of integers that will be used to set the seed at each resampling iteration. This is useful when the models are run in parallel. A value of NA will stop the seed from being set within the worker processes while a value of NULL will set the seeds using a random set of integers. Alternatively, a list can be used. The list should have B+1 elements where B is the number of resamples, unless method is "boot632" in which case B is the number of resamples plus 1. The first B elements of the list should be vectors of integers of length M where M is the number of models being evaluated. The last element of the list only needs to be a single integer (for the final model). See the Examples section below and the Details section.


a list used when method is "adaptive_cv", "adaptive_boot" or "adaptive_LGOCV". See Details below.


a logical. If TRUE the final model in object\$finalModel may have some components of the object removed so reduce the size of the saved object. The predict method will still work, but some other features of the model may not work. triming will occur only for models where this feature has been implemented.


if a parallel backend is loaded and available, should the function use it?


When setting the seeds manually, the number of models being evaluated is required. This may not be obvious as train does some optimizations for certain models. For example, when tuning over PLS model, the only model that is fit is the one with the largest number of components. So if the model is being tuned over comp in 1:10, the only model fit is ncomp = 10. However, if the vector of integers used in the seeds arguments is longer than actually needed, no error is thrown.

Using method = "none" and specifying more than one model in train's tuneGrid or tuneLength arguments will result in an error.

Using adaptive resampling when method is either "adaptive_cv", "adaptive_boot" or "adaptive_LGOCV", the full set of resamples is not run for each model. As resampling continues, a futility analysis is conducted and models with a low probability of being optimal are removed. These features are experimental. See Kuhn (2014) for more details. The options for this procedure are:

  • min: the minimum number of resamples used before models are removed

  • alpha: the confidence level of the one-sided intervals used to measure futility

  • method: either generalized least squares (method = "gls") or a Bradley-Terry model (method = "BT")

  • complete: if a single parameter value is found before the end of resampling, should the full set of resamples be computed for that parameter. )

The option search = "grid" uses the default grid search routine. When search = "random", a random search procedure is used (Bergstra and Bengio, 2012). See for details and an example.

The supported bootstrap methods are:

  • "boot": the usual bootstrap.

  • "boot632": the 0.632 bootstrap estimator (Efron, 1983).

  • "optimism_boot": the optimism bootstrap estimator. (Efron and Tibshirani, 1994).

  • "boot_all": all of the above (for efficiency, but "boot" will be used for calculations).

The "boot632" method should not to be confused with the 0.632+ estimator proposed later by the same author.

Note that if index or indexOut are specified, the label shown by train may not be accurate since these arguments supersede the method argument.


An echo of the parameters specified


Efron (1983). ``Estimating the error rate of a prediction rule: improvement on cross-validation''. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 78(382):316-331

Efron, B., & Tibshirani, R. J. (1994). ``An introduction to the bootstrap'', pages 249-252. CRC press.

Bergstra and Bengio (2012), ``Random Search for Hyper-Parameter Optimization'', Journal of Machine Learning Research, 13(Feb):281-305

Kuhn (2014), ``Futility Analysis in the Cross-Validation of Machine Learning Models'',

Package website for subsampling:

  • trainControl
# }
## Do 5 repeats of 10-Fold CV for the iris data. We will fit
## a KNN model that evaluates 12 values of k and set the seed
## at each iteration.

seeds <- vector(mode = "list", length = 51)
for(i in 1:50) seeds[[i]] <-, 22)

## For the last model:
seeds[[51]] <-, 1)

ctrl <- trainControl(method = "repeatedcv",
                     repeats = 5,
                     seeds = seeds)

mod <- train(Species ~ ., data = iris,
             method = "knn",
             tuneLength = 12,
             trControl = ctrl)

ctrl2 <- trainControl(method = "adaptive_cv",
                      repeats = 5,
                      verboseIter = TRUE,
                      seeds = seeds)

mod2 <- train(Species ~ ., data = iris,
              method = "knn",
              tuneLength = 12,
              trControl = ctrl2)

# }
# }
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