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OpenAI Scholars Spring 2020: Final Projects

Our third class of OpenAI Scholars presented their final projects at virtual Demo Day, showcasing their research results from over the past five months. These projects investigated problems such as analyzing how GPT-2 represents grammar, measuring the interpretability of models trained on Coinrun, and predicting epileptic seizures using brain recordings.

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Alethea Power

Looking for Grammar in All The Right Places

I’m fascinated by neural network interpretability. Understanding how networks of various architectures represent information can help us build simpler and more efficient networks, as well as predict how the networks we’ve built will behave, and perhaps even give us some insight into how human beings think. Along these lines, I analyzed how GPT-2 represents English grammar, and found smaller sub-networks that seem to correspond to various grammatical structures. I will present my methodology and results.

Next, I want to work on understanding how neural networks represent information, and use that understanding to better predict how deep learning systems behave. I believe this work will make such systems safer and more beneficial to humanity, as well as making them simpler, faster, and more computationally efficient.

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Andre Carerra

Semantic Parsing English to GraphQL

My scholars program project is semantic parsing English-to-GraphQL. Given an English prompt such as “How many employees do we have?”, find a corresponding GraphQL query to return the information. The project involved creating a dataset, training models, and creating an interaction tool to see results.

I wanted to have a say in how AI is shaped—the Scholars program has been a great opportunity to learn and participate.

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Cathy Yeh

Long Term Credit Assignment with Temporal Reward Transport

Standard reinforcement learning algorithms struggle with poor sample efficiency in the presence of sparse rewards with long temporal delays between action and effect. To address the long term credit assignment problem, we use “temporal reward transport” (TRT) to augment the immediate rewards of significant state-action pairs with rewards from the distant future, using an attention mechanism to identify candidates for TRT. A series of gridworld experiments show clear improvements in learning when TRT is used in conjunction with a standard advantage actor critic algorithm.

I appreciate that this program gave me the freedom to learn deeply and flex my creativity.

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Jorge Orbay

Quantifying Interpretability of Models Trained on Coinrun

This project’s purpose is to create a scalar that measures the interpretability of an A2C model trained on Procgen’s Coinrun. The scalar is generated using a combination of attribution on the model and masks of Coinrun’s assets. The scalar is used to test the validity of the diversity hypothesis.

This program, and specifically my mentor, has fostered a self-confidence in me to dive into a field I don’t understand and breakdown problems until I can solve them. I’m hoping to take the self-confidence I’ve learned from this program to continue breaking-down problems in and with AI.

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Kamal Ndousse

Social Learning in Independent Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning

My project has explored the social transfer of expertise among completely independent RL agents trained in shared environments. The motivating question is whether novice agents can learn to mimic expert behavior to solve hard-exploration tasks that they couldn’t master in isolation. I’ll discuss my observations as well as the environments I developed to experiment with social skill transfer.

I joined the Scholars program in order to learn from the brilliant folks at OpenAI and to immerse myself in AI research. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to explore state of the art research with the support of such talented researchers (special thanks to my mentor Natasha Jaques!)

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Kata Slama

Towards Epileptic Seizure Prediction with Deep Network

I have been working on a project to predict epileptic seizures using brain recordings. I framed it as an image classification problem based on the spectrogram representation of the brain data. My most successful model so far has been a ResNet18. In my post-Scholars life, I plan to continue working on this project, and make my way to interpretability of spectrogram classification networks.

I wanted to learn how to apply deep learning for solving scientific and real-world problems. The OpenAI Scholars program was this magical opportunity to get started by learning from the very best minds in the field.

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Pamela Mishkin

Universal Adversarial Perturbations and Language Models

Adversarial perturbations are well-understood for images but less so for language. My presentation will review the literature on how universal adversarial examples can inform understanding of generative models, replicating results generating universal adversarial triggers for GPT-2 and for attacking NLI models.

This program strengthened my technical basis in machine learning and helped me understand how AI researchers understand policy implications of their work.

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Source: https://openai.com/blog/openai-scholars-spring-2020-final-projects/

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Bringing real-time machine learning-powered insights to rugby using Amazon SageMaker

The Guinness Six Nations Championship began in 1883 as the Home Nations Championship among England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, with the inclusion of France in 1910 and Italy in 2000. It is among the oldest surviving rugby traditions and one of the best-attended sporting events in the world. The COVID-19 outbreak disrupted the end of […]

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The Guinness Six Nations Championship began in 1883 as the Home Nations Championship among England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, with the inclusion of France in 1910 and Italy in 2000. It is among the oldest surviving rugby traditions and one of the best-attended sporting events in the world. The COVID-19 outbreak disrupted the end of the 2020 Championship and four games were postponed. The remaining rounds resumed on October 24. With the increasing application of artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML) in sports analytics, AWS and Stats Perform partnered to bring ML-powered, real-time stats to the game of rugby, to enhance fan engagement and provide valuable insights into the game.

This post summarizes the collaborative effort between the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship, Stats Perform, and AWS to develop an ML-driven approach with Amazon SageMaker and other AWS services that predicts the probability of a successful penalty kick, computed in real time and broadcast live during the game. AWS infrastructure enables single-digit millisecond latency for kick predictions during inference. The Kick Predictor stat is one of the many new AWS-powered, on-screen dynamic Matchstats that provide fans with a greater understanding of key in-game events, including scrum analysis, play patterns, rucks and tackles, and power game analysis. For more information about other stats developed for rugby using AWS services, see the Six Nations Rugby website.

Rugby is a form of football with a 23-player match day squad. 15 players on each team are on the field, with additional substitutions waiting to get involved in the full-contact sport. The objective of the game is to outscore the opposing team, and one way of scoring is to kick a goal. The ability to kick accurately is one of the most critical elements of rugby, and there are two ways to score with a kick: through a conversion (worth two points) and a penalty (worth three points).

Predicting the likelihood of a successful kick is important because it enhances fan engagement during the game by showing the success probability before the player kicks the ball. There are usually 40–60 seconds of stoppage time while the player sets up for the kick, during which the Kick Predictor stat can appear on-screen to fans. Commentators also have time to predict the outcome, quantify the difficulty of each kick, and compare kickers in similar situations. Moreover, teams may start to use kicking probability models in the future to determine which player should kick given the position of the penalty on the pitch.

Developing an ML solution

To calculate the penalty success probability, the Amazon Machine Learning Solutions Lab used Amazon SageMaker to train, test, and deploy an ML model from historical in-game events data, which calculates the kick predictions from anywhere in the field. The following sections explain the dataset and preprocessing steps, the model training, and model deployment procedures.

Dataset and preprocessing

Stats Perform provided the dataset for training the goal kick model. It contained millions of events from historical rugby matches from 46 leagues from 2007–2019. The raw JSON events data that was collected during live rugby matches was ingested and stored on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). It was then parsed and preprocessed in an Amazon SageMaker notebook instance. After selecting the kick-related events, the training data comprised approximately 67,000 kicks, with approximately 50,000 (75%) successful kicks and 17,000 misses (25%).

The following graph shows a summary of kicks taken during a sample game. The athletes kicked from different angles and various distances.

Rugby experts contributed valuable insights to the data preprocessing, which included detecting and removing anomalies, such as unreasonable kicks. The clean CSV data went back to an S3 bucket for ML training.

The following graph depicts the heatmap of the kicks after preprocessing. The left-side kicks are mirrored. The brighter colors indicated a higher chance of scoring, standardized between 0 to 1.

Feature engineering

To better capture the real-world event, the ML Solutions Lab engineered several features using exploratory data analysis and insights from rugby experts. The features that went into the modeling fell into three main categories:

  • Location-based features – The zone in which the athlete takes the kick and the distance and angle of the kick to the goal. The x-coordinates of the kicks are mirrored along the center of the rugby pitch to eliminate the left or right bias in the model.
  • Player performance features – The mean success rates of the kicker in a given field zone, in the Championship, and in the kicker’s entire career.
  • In-game situational features – The kicker’s team (home or away), the scoring situation before they take the kick, and the period of the game in which they take the kick.

The location-based and player performance features are the most important features in the model.

After feature engineering, the categorical variables were one-hot encoded, and to avoid the bias of the model towards large-value variables, the numerical predictors were standardized. During the model training phase, a player’s historical performance features were pushed to Amazon DynamoDB tables. DynamoDB helped provide single-digit millisecond latency for kick predictions during inference.

Training and deploying models

To explore a wide range of classification algorithms (such as logistic regression, random forests, XGBoost, and neural networks), a 10-fold stratified cross-validation approach was used for model training. After exploring different algorithms, the built-in XGBoost in Amazon SageMaker was used due to its better prediction performance and inference speed. Additionally, its implementation has a smaller memory footprint, better logging, and improved hyperparameter optimization (HPO) compared to the original code base.

HPO, or tuning, is the process of choosing a set of optimal hyperparameters for a learning algorithm, and is a challenging element in any ML problem. HPO in Amazon SageMaker uses an implementation of Bayesian optimization to choose the best hyperparameters for the next training job. Amazon SageMaker HPO automatically launches multiple training jobs with different hyperparameter settings, evaluates the results of those training jobs based on a predefined objective metric, and selects improved hyperparameter settings for future attempts based on previous results.

The following diagram illustrates the model training workflow.

Optimizing hyperparameters in Amazon SageMaker

You can configure training jobs and when the hyperparameter tuning job launches by initializing an estimator, which includes the container image for the algorithm (for this use case, XGBoost), configuration for the output of the training jobs, the values of static algorithm hyperparameters, and the type and number of instances to use for the training jobs. For more information, see Train a Model.

To create the XGBoost estimator for this use case, enter the following code:

import boto3
import sagemaker
from sagemaker.tuner import IntegerParameter, CategoricalParameter, ContinuousParameter, HyperparameterTuner
from sagemaker.amazon.amazon_estimator import get_image_uri
BUCKET = <bucket name>
PREFIX = 'kicker/xgboost/'
region = boto3.Session().region_name
role = sagemaker.get_execution_role()
smclient = boto3.Session().client('sagemaker')
sess = sagemaker.Session()
s3_output_path = ‘s3://{}/{}/output’.format(BUCKET, PREFIX) container = get_image_uri(region, 'xgboost', repo_version='0.90-1') xgb = sagemaker.estimator.Estimator(container, role, train_instance_count=4, train_instance_type= 'ml.m4.xlarge', output_path=s3_output_path, sagemaker_session=sess)

After you create the XGBoost estimator object, set its initial hyperparameter values as shown in the following code:

xgb.set_hyperparameters(eval_metric='auc', objective= 'binary:logistic', num_round=200, rate_drop=0.3, max_depth=5, subsample=0.8, gamma=2, eta=0.2, scale_pos_weight=2.85) #For class imbalance weights # Specifying the objective metric (auc on validation set)
OBJECTIVE_METRIC_NAME = ‘validation:auc’ # specifying the hyper parameters and their ranges
HYPERPARAMETER_RANGES = {'eta': ContinuousParameter(0, 1), 'alpha': ContinuousParameter(0, 2), 'max_depth': IntegerParameter(1, 10)}

For this post, AUC (area under the ROC curve) is the evaluation metric. This enables the tuning job to measure the performance of the different training jobs. The kick prediction is also a binary classification problem, which is specified in the objective argument as a binary:logistic. There is also a set of XGBoost-specific hyperparameters that you can tune. For more information, see Tune an XGBoost model.

Next, create a HyperparameterTuner object by indicating the XGBoost estimator, the hyperparameter ranges, passing the parameters, the objective metric name and definition, and tuning resource configurations, such as the number of training jobs to run in total and how many training jobs can run in parallel. Amazon SageMaker extracts the metric from Amazon CloudWatch Logs with a regular expression. See the following code:

tuner = HyperparameterTuner(xgb, OBJECTIVE_METRIC_NAME, HYPERPARAMETER_RANGES, max_jobs=20, max_parallel_jobs=4)
s3_input_train = sagemaker.s3_input(s3_data='s3://{}/{}/train'.format(BUCKET, PREFIX), content_type='csv')
s3_input_validation = sagemaker.s3_input(s3_data='s3://{}/{}/validation/'.format(BUCKET, PREFIX), content_type='csv')
tuner.fit({'train': s3_input_train, 'validation':

Finally, launch a hyperparameter tuning job by calling the fit() function. This function takes the paths of the training and validation datasets in the S3 bucket. After you create the hyperparameter tuning job, you can track its progress via the Amazon SageMaker console. The training time depends on the instance type and number of instances you selected during tuning setup.

Deploying the model on Amazon SageMaker

When the training jobs are complete, you can deploy the best performing model. If you’d like to compare models for A/B testing, Amazon SageMaker supports hosting representational state transfer (REST) endpoints for multiple models. To set this up, create an endpoint configuration that describes the distribution of traffic across the models. In addition, the endpoint configuration describes the instance type required for model deployment. The first step is to get the name of the best performing training job and create the model name.

After you create the endpoint configuration, you’re ready to deploy the actual endpoint for serving inference requests. The result is an endpoint that can you can validate and incorporate into production applications. For more information about deploying models, see Deploy the Model to Amazon SageMaker Hosting Services. To create the endpoint configuration and deploy it, enter the following code:

endpoint_name = 'Kicker-XGBoostEndpoint'
xgb_predictor = tuner.deploy(initial_instance_count=1, instance_type='ml.t2.medium', endpoint_name=endpoint_name)

After you create the endpoint, you can request a prediction in real time.

Building a RESTful API for real-time model inference

You can create a secure and scalable RESTful API that enables you to request the model prediction based on the input values. It’s easy and convenient to develop different APIs using AWS services.

The following diagram illustrates the model inference workflow.

First, you request the probability of the kick conversion by passing parameters through Amazon API Gateway, such as the location and zone of the kick, kicker ID, league and Championship ID, the game’s period, if the kicker’s team is playing home or away, and the team score status.

The API Gateway passes the values to the AWS Lambda function, which parses the values and requests additional features related to the player’s performance from DynamoDB lookup tables. These include the mean success rates of the kicking player in a given field zone, in the Championship, and in the kicker’s entire career. If the player doesn’t exist in the database, the model uses the average performance in the database in the given kicking location. After the function combines all the values, it standardizes the data and sends it to the Amazon SageMaker model endpoint for prediction.

The model performs the prediction and returns the predicted probability to the Lambda function. The function parses the returned value and sends it back to API Gateway. API Gateway responds with the output prediction. The end-to-end process latency is less than a second.

The following screenshot shows example input and output of the API. The RESTful API also outputs the average success rate of all the players in the given location and zone to get the comparison of the player’s performance with the overall average.

For instructions on creating a RESTful API, see Call an Amazon SageMaker model endpoint using Amazon API Gateway and AWS Lambda.

Bringing design principles into sports analytics

To create the first real-time prediction model for the tournament with a millisecond latency requirement, the ML Solutions Lab team worked backwards to identify areas in which design thinking could save time and resources. The team worked on an end-to-end notebook within an Amazon SageMaker environment, which enabled data access, raw data parsing, data preprocessing and visualization, feature engineering, model training and evaluation, and model deployment in one place. This helped in automating the modeling process.

Moreover, the ML Solutions Lab team implemented a model update iteration for when the model was updated with newly generated data, in which the model parses and processes only the additional data. This brings computational and time efficiencies to the modeling.

In terms of next steps, the Stats Perform AI team has been looking at the next stage of rugby analysis by breaking down the other strategic facets as line-outs, scrums and teams, and continuous phases of play using the fine-grain spatio-temporal data captured. The state-of-the-art feature representations and latent factor modelling (which have been utilized so effectively in Stats Perform’s “Edge” match-analysis and recruitment products in soccer) means that there is plenty of fertile space for innovation that can be explored in rugby.

Conclusion

Six Nations Rugby, Stats Perform, and AWS came together to bring the first real-time prediction model to the 2020 Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship. The model determined a penalty or conversion kick success probability from anywhere in the field. They used Amazon SageMaker to build, train, and deploy the ML model with variables grouped into three main categories: location-based features, player performance features, and in-game situational features. The Amazon SageMaker endpoint provided prediction results with subsecond latency. The model was used by broadcasters during the live games in the Six Nations 2020 Championship, bringing a new metric to millions of rugby fans.

You can find full, end-to-end examples of creating custom training jobs, training state-of-the-art object detection models, and model deployment on Amazon SageMaker on the AWS Labs GitHub repo. To learn more about the ML Solutions Lab, see Amazon Machine Learning Solutions Lab.


About the Authors

Mehdi Noori is a Data Scientist at the Amazon ML Solutions Lab, where he works with customers across various verticals, and helps them to accelerate their cloud migration journey, and to solve their ML problems using state-of-the-art solutions and technologies.

Tesfagabir Meharizghi is a Data Scientist at the Amazon ML Solutions Lab where he works with customers across different verticals accelerate their use of artificial intelligence and AWS cloud services to solve their business challenges. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and reading books.

Patrick Lucey is the Chief Scientist at Stats Perform. Patrick started the Artificial Intelligence group at Stats Perform in 2015, with thegroup focusing on both computer vision and predictive modelling capabilities in sport. Previously, he was at Disney Research for 5 years, where he conducted research into automatic sports broadcasting using large amounts of spatiotemporal tracking data. He received his BEng(EE) from USQ and PhD from QUT, Australia in 2003 and 2008 respectively. He was also co-author of the best paper at the 2016 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference and in 2017 & 2018 was co-author of best-paper runner-up at the same conference.

Xavier Ragot is Data Scientist with the Amazon ML Solution Lab team where he helps design creative ML solution to address customers’ business problems in various industries.

Source: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/machine-learning/bringing-real-time-machine-learning-powered-insights-to-rugby-using-amazon-sagemaker/

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Bringing real-time machine learning-powered insights to rugby using Amazon SageMaker

The Guinness Six Nations Championship began in 1883 as the Home Nations Championship among England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, with the inclusion of France in 1910 and Italy in 2000. It is among the oldest surviving rugby traditions and one of the best-attended sporting events in the world. The COVID-19 outbreak disrupted the end of […]

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The Guinness Six Nations Championship began in 1883 as the Home Nations Championship among England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, with the inclusion of France in 1910 and Italy in 2000. It is among the oldest surviving rugby traditions and one of the best-attended sporting events in the world. The COVID-19 outbreak disrupted the end of the 2020 Championship and four games were postponed. The remaining rounds resumed on October 24. With the increasing application of artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML) in sports analytics, AWS and Stats Perform partnered to bring ML-powered, real-time stats to the game of rugby, to enhance fan engagement and provide valuable insights into the game.

This post summarizes the collaborative effort between the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship, Stats Perform, and AWS to develop an ML-driven approach with Amazon SageMaker and other AWS services that predicts the probability of a successful penalty kick, computed in real time and broadcast live during the game. AWS infrastructure enables single-digit millisecond latency for kick predictions during inference. The Kick Predictor stat is one of the many new AWS-powered, on-screen dynamic Matchstats that provide fans with a greater understanding of key in-game events, including scrum analysis, play patterns, rucks and tackles, and power game analysis. For more information about other stats developed for rugby using AWS services, see the Six Nations Rugby website.

Rugby is a form of football with a 23-player match day squad. 15 players on each team are on the field, with additional substitutions waiting to get involved in the full-contact sport. The objective of the game is to outscore the opposing team, and one way of scoring is to kick a goal. The ability to kick accurately is one of the most critical elements of rugby, and there are two ways to score with a kick: through a conversion (worth two points) and a penalty (worth three points).

Predicting the likelihood of a successful kick is important because it enhances fan engagement during the game by showing the success probability before the player kicks the ball. There are usually 40–60 seconds of stoppage time while the player sets up for the kick, during which the Kick Predictor stat can appear on-screen to fans. Commentators also have time to predict the outcome, quantify the difficulty of each kick, and compare kickers in similar situations. Moreover, teams may start to use kicking probability models in the future to determine which player should kick given the position of the penalty on the pitch.

Developing an ML solution

To calculate the penalty success probability, the Amazon Machine Learning Solutions Lab used Amazon SageMaker to train, test, and deploy an ML model from historical in-game events data, which calculates the kick predictions from anywhere in the field. The following sections explain the dataset and preprocessing steps, the model training, and model deployment procedures.

Dataset and preprocessing

Stats Perform provided the dataset for training the goal kick model. It contained millions of events from historical rugby matches from 46 leagues from 2007–2019. The raw JSON events data that was collected during live rugby matches was ingested and stored on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). It was then parsed and preprocessed in an Amazon SageMaker notebook instance. After selecting the kick-related events, the training data comprised approximately 67,000 kicks, with approximately 50,000 (75%) successful kicks and 17,000 misses (25%).

The following graph shows a summary of kicks taken during a sample game. The athletes kicked from different angles and various distances.

Rugby experts contributed valuable insights to the data preprocessing, which included detecting and removing anomalies, such as unreasonable kicks. The clean CSV data went back to an S3 bucket for ML training.

The following graph depicts the heatmap of the kicks after preprocessing. The left-side kicks are mirrored. The brighter colors indicated a higher chance of scoring, standardized between 0 to 1.

Feature engineering

To better capture the real-world event, the ML Solutions Lab engineered several features using exploratory data analysis and insights from rugby experts. The features that went into the modeling fell into three main categories:

  • Location-based features – The zone in which the athlete takes the kick and the distance and angle of the kick to the goal. The x-coordinates of the kicks are mirrored along the center of the rugby pitch to eliminate the left or right bias in the model.
  • Player performance features – The mean success rates of the kicker in a given field zone, in the Championship, and in the kicker’s entire career.
  • In-game situational features – The kicker’s team (home or away), the scoring situation before they take the kick, and the period of the game in which they take the kick.

The location-based and player performance features are the most important features in the model.

After feature engineering, the categorical variables were one-hot encoded, and to avoid the bias of the model towards large-value variables, the numerical predictors were standardized. During the model training phase, a player’s historical performance features were pushed to Amazon DynamoDB tables. DynamoDB helped provide single-digit millisecond latency for kick predictions during inference.

Training and deploying models

To explore a wide range of classification algorithms (such as logistic regression, random forests, XGBoost, and neural networks), a 10-fold stratified cross-validation approach was used for model training. After exploring different algorithms, the built-in XGBoost in Amazon SageMaker was used due to its better prediction performance and inference speed. Additionally, its implementation has a smaller memory footprint, better logging, and improved hyperparameter optimization (HPO) compared to the original code base.

HPO, or tuning, is the process of choosing a set of optimal hyperparameters for a learning algorithm, and is a challenging element in any ML problem. HPO in Amazon SageMaker uses an implementation of Bayesian optimization to choose the best hyperparameters for the next training job. Amazon SageMaker HPO automatically launches multiple training jobs with different hyperparameter settings, evaluates the results of those training jobs based on a predefined objective metric, and selects improved hyperparameter settings for future attempts based on previous results.

The following diagram illustrates the model training workflow.

Optimizing hyperparameters in Amazon SageMaker

You can configure training jobs and when the hyperparameter tuning job launches by initializing an estimator, which includes the container image for the algorithm (for this use case, XGBoost), configuration for the output of the training jobs, the values of static algorithm hyperparameters, and the type and number of instances to use for the training jobs. For more information, see Train a Model.

To create the XGBoost estimator for this use case, enter the following code:

import boto3
import sagemaker
from sagemaker.tuner import IntegerParameter, CategoricalParameter, ContinuousParameter, HyperparameterTuner
from sagemaker.amazon.amazon_estimator import get_image_uri
BUCKET = <bucket name>
PREFIX = 'kicker/xgboost/'
region = boto3.Session().region_name
role = sagemaker.get_execution_role()
smclient = boto3.Session().client('sagemaker')
sess = sagemaker.Session()
s3_output_path = ‘s3://{}/{}/output’.format(BUCKET, PREFIX) container = get_image_uri(region, 'xgboost', repo_version='0.90-1') xgb = sagemaker.estimator.Estimator(container, role, train_instance_count=4, train_instance_type= 'ml.m4.xlarge', output_path=s3_output_path, sagemaker_session=sess)

After you create the XGBoost estimator object, set its initial hyperparameter values as shown in the following code:

xgb.set_hyperparameters(eval_metric='auc', objective= 'binary:logistic', num_round=200, rate_drop=0.3, max_depth=5, subsample=0.8, gamma=2, eta=0.2, scale_pos_weight=2.85) #For class imbalance weights # Specifying the objective metric (auc on validation set)
OBJECTIVE_METRIC_NAME = ‘validation:auc’ # specifying the hyper parameters and their ranges
HYPERPARAMETER_RANGES = {'eta': ContinuousParameter(0, 1), 'alpha': ContinuousParameter(0, 2), 'max_depth': IntegerParameter(1, 10)}

For this post, AUC (area under the ROC curve) is the evaluation metric. This enables the tuning job to measure the performance of the different training jobs. The kick prediction is also a binary classification problem, which is specified in the objective argument as a binary:logistic. There is also a set of XGBoost-specific hyperparameters that you can tune. For more information, see Tune an XGBoost model.

Next, create a HyperparameterTuner object by indicating the XGBoost estimator, the hyperparameter ranges, passing the parameters, the objective metric name and definition, and tuning resource configurations, such as the number of training jobs to run in total and how many training jobs can run in parallel. Amazon SageMaker extracts the metric from Amazon CloudWatch Logs with a regular expression. See the following code:

tuner = HyperparameterTuner(xgb, OBJECTIVE_METRIC_NAME, HYPERPARAMETER_RANGES, max_jobs=20, max_parallel_jobs=4)
s3_input_train = sagemaker.s3_input(s3_data='s3://{}/{}/train'.format(BUCKET, PREFIX), content_type='csv')
s3_input_validation = sagemaker.s3_input(s3_data='s3://{}/{}/validation/'.format(BUCKET, PREFIX), content_type='csv')
tuner.fit({'train': s3_input_train, 'validation':

Finally, launch a hyperparameter tuning job by calling the fit() function. This function takes the paths of the training and validation datasets in the S3 bucket. After you create the hyperparameter tuning job, you can track its progress via the Amazon SageMaker console. The training time depends on the instance type and number of instances you selected during tuning setup.

Deploying the model on Amazon SageMaker

When the training jobs are complete, you can deploy the best performing model. If you’d like to compare models for A/B testing, Amazon SageMaker supports hosting representational state transfer (REST) endpoints for multiple models. To set this up, create an endpoint configuration that describes the distribution of traffic across the models. In addition, the endpoint configuration describes the instance type required for model deployment. The first step is to get the name of the best performing training job and create the model name.

After you create the endpoint configuration, you’re ready to deploy the actual endpoint for serving inference requests. The result is an endpoint that can you can validate and incorporate into production applications. For more information about deploying models, see Deploy the Model to Amazon SageMaker Hosting Services. To create the endpoint configuration and deploy it, enter the following code:

endpoint_name = 'Kicker-XGBoostEndpoint'
xgb_predictor = tuner.deploy(initial_instance_count=1, instance_type='ml.t2.medium', endpoint_name=endpoint_name)

After you create the endpoint, you can request a prediction in real time.

Building a RESTful API for real-time model inference

You can create a secure and scalable RESTful API that enables you to request the model prediction based on the input values. It’s easy and convenient to develop different APIs using AWS services.

The following diagram illustrates the model inference workflow.

First, you request the probability of the kick conversion by passing parameters through Amazon API Gateway, such as the location and zone of the kick, kicker ID, league and Championship ID, the game’s period, if the kicker’s team is playing home or away, and the team score status.

The API Gateway passes the values to the AWS Lambda function, which parses the values and requests additional features related to the player’s performance from DynamoDB lookup tables. These include the mean success rates of the kicking player in a given field zone, in the Championship, and in the kicker’s entire career. If the player doesn’t exist in the database, the model uses the average performance in the database in the given kicking location. After the function combines all the values, it standardizes the data and sends it to the Amazon SageMaker model endpoint for prediction.

The model performs the prediction and returns the predicted probability to the Lambda function. The function parses the returned value and sends it back to API Gateway. API Gateway responds with the output prediction. The end-to-end process latency is less than a second.

The following screenshot shows example input and output of the API. The RESTful API also outputs the average success rate of all the players in the given location and zone to get the comparison of the player’s performance with the overall average.

For instructions on creating a RESTful API, see Call an Amazon SageMaker model endpoint using Amazon API Gateway and AWS Lambda.

Bringing design principles into sports analytics

To create the first real-time prediction model for the tournament with a millisecond latency requirement, the ML Solutions Lab team worked backwards to identify areas in which design thinking could save time and resources. The team worked on an end-to-end notebook within an Amazon SageMaker environment, which enabled data access, raw data parsing, data preprocessing and visualization, feature engineering, model training and evaluation, and model deployment in one place. This helped in automating the modeling process.

Moreover, the ML Solutions Lab team implemented a model update iteration for when the model was updated with newly generated data, in which the model parses and processes only the additional data. This brings computational and time efficiencies to the modeling.

In terms of next steps, the Stats Perform AI team has been looking at the next stage of rugby analysis by breaking down the other strategic facets as line-outs, scrums and teams, and continuous phases of play using the fine-grain spatio-temporal data captured. The state-of-the-art feature representations and latent factor modelling (which have been utilized so effectively in Stats Perform’s “Edge” match-analysis and recruitment products in soccer) means that there is plenty of fertile space for innovation that can be explored in rugby.

Conclusion

Six Nations Rugby, Stats Perform, and AWS came together to bring the first real-time prediction model to the 2020 Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship. The model determined a penalty or conversion kick success probability from anywhere in the field. They used Amazon SageMaker to build, train, and deploy the ML model with variables grouped into three main categories: location-based features, player performance features, and in-game situational features. The Amazon SageMaker endpoint provided prediction results with subsecond latency. The model was used by broadcasters during the live games in the Six Nations 2020 Championship, bringing a new metric to millions of rugby fans.

You can find full, end-to-end examples of creating custom training jobs, training state-of-the-art object detection models, and model deployment on Amazon SageMaker on the AWS Labs GitHub repo. To learn more about the ML Solutions Lab, see Amazon Machine Learning Solutions Lab.


About the Authors

Mehdi Noori is a Data Scientist at the Amazon ML Solutions Lab, where he works with customers across various verticals, and helps them to accelerate their cloud migration journey, and to solve their ML problems using state-of-the-art solutions and technologies.

Tesfagabir Meharizghi is a Data Scientist at the Amazon ML Solutions Lab where he works with customers across different verticals accelerate their use of artificial intelligence and AWS cloud services to solve their business challenges. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and reading books.

Patrick Lucey is the Chief Scientist at Stats Perform. Patrick started the Artificial Intelligence group at Stats Perform in 2015, with thegroup focusing on both computer vision and predictive modelling capabilities in sport. Previously, he was at Disney Research for 5 years, where he conducted research into automatic sports broadcasting using large amounts of spatiotemporal tracking data. He received his BEng(EE) from USQ and PhD from QUT, Australia in 2003 and 2008 respectively. He was also co-author of the best paper at the 2016 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference and in 2017 & 2018 was co-author of best-paper runner-up at the same conference.

Xavier Ragot is Data Scientist with the Amazon ML Solution Lab team where he helps design creative ML solution to address customers’ business problems in various industries.

Source: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/machine-learning/bringing-real-time-machine-learning-powered-insights-to-rugby-using-amazon-sagemaker/

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Building an NLU-powered search application with Amazon SageMaker and the Amazon ES KNN feature

The rise of semantic search engines has made ecommerce and retail businesses search easier for its consumers. Search engines powered by natural language understanding (NLU) allow you to speak or type into a device using your preferred conversational language rather than finding the right keywords for fetching the best results. You can query using words […]

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The rise of semantic search engines has made ecommerce and retail businesses search easier for its consumers. Search engines powered by natural language understanding (NLU) allow you to speak or type into a device using your preferred conversational language rather than finding the right keywords for fetching the best results. You can query using words or sentences in your native language, leaving it to the search engine to deliver the best results.

Amazon SageMaker is a fully managed service that provides every developer and data scientist with the ability to build, train, and deploy machine learning (ML) models quickly. Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES) is a fully managed service that makes it easy for you to deploy, secure, and run Elasticsearch cost-effectively at scale. Amazon ES offers KNN search, which can enhance search in use cases such as product recommendations, fraud detection, and image, video, and some specific semantic scenarios like document and query similarity. Alternatively, you can also choose Amazon Kendra, a highly accurate and easy to use enterprise search service that’s powered by machine learning, with no machine learning experience required. In this post, we explain how you can implement an NLU-based product search for certain types of applications using Amazon SageMaker and the Amazon ES k-nearest neighbor (KNN) feature.

In the post Building a visual search application with Amazon SageMaker and Amazon ES, we shared how to build a visual search application using Amazon SageMaker and the Amazon ES KNN’s Euclidean distance metric. Amazon ES now supports open-source Elasticsearch version 7.7 and includes the cosine similarity metric for KNN indexes. Cosine similarity measures the cosine of the angle between two vectors in the same direction, where a smaller cosine angle denotes higher similarity between the vectors. With cosine similarity, you can measure the orientation between two vectors, which makes it the ideal choice for some specific semantic search applications. The highly distributed architecture of Amazon ES enables you to implement an enterprise-grade search engine with enhanced KNN ranking, with high recall and performance.

In this post, you build a very simple search application that demonstrates the potential of using KNN with Amazon ES compared to the traditional Amazon ES ranking method, including a web application for testing the KNN-based search queries in your browser. The application also compares the search results with Elasticsearch match queries to demonstrate the difference between KNN search and full-text search.

Overview of solution

Regular Elasticsearch text-matching search is useful when you want to do text-based search, but KNN-based search is a more natural way to search for something. For example, when you search for a wedding dress using KNN-based search application, it gives you similar results if you type “wedding dress” or “marriage dress.” Implementing this KNN-based search application consists of two phases:

  • KNN reference index – In this phase, you pass a set of corpus documents through a deep learning model to extract their features, or embeddings. Text embeddings are a numerical representation of the corpus. You save those features into a KNN index on Amazon ES. The concept underpinning KNN is that similar data points exist in close proximity in the vector space. As an example, “summer dress” and “summer flowery dress” are both similar, so these text embeddings are collocated, as opposed to “summer dress” vs. “wedding dress.”
  • KNN index query – This is the inference phase of the application. In this phase, you submit a text search query through the deep learning model to extract the features. Then, you use those embeddings to query the reference KNN index. The KNN index returns similar text embeddings from the KNN vector space. For example, if you pass a feature vector of “marriage dress” text, it returns “wedding dress” embeddings as a similar item.

Next, let’s take a closer look at each phase in detail, with the associated AWS architecture.

KNN reference index creation

For this use case, you use dress images and their visual descriptions from the Feidegger dataset. This dataset is a multi-modal corpus that focuses specifically on the domain of fashion items and their visual descriptions in German. The dataset was created as part of ongoing research at Zalando into text-image multi-modality in the area of fashion.

In this step, you translate each dress description from German to English using Amazon Translate. From each English description, you extract the feature vector, which is an n-dimensional vector of numerical features that represent the dress. You use a pre-trained BERT model hosted in Amazon SageMaker to extract 768 feature vectors of each visual description of the dress, and store them as a KNN index in an Amazon ES domain.

The following screenshot illustrates the workflow for creating the KNN index.

The process includes the following steps:

  1. Users interact with a Jupyter notebook on an Amazon SageMaker notebook instance. An Amazon SageMaker notebook instance is an ML compute instance running the Jupyter Notebook app. Amazon SageMaker manages creating the instance and related resources.
  2. Each item description, originally open-sourced in German, is translated to English using Amazon Translate.
  3. A pre-trained BERT model is downloaded, and the model artifact is serialized and stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). The model is used to serve from a PyTorch model server on an Amazon SageMaker real-time endpoint.
  4. Translated descriptions are pushed through the SageMaker endpoint to extract fixed-length features (embeddings).
  5. The notebook code writes the text embeddings to the KNN index along with product Amazon S3 URI in an Amazon ES domain.

KNN search from a query text

In this step, you present a search query text string from the application, which passes through the Amazon SageMaker hosted model to extract 768 features. You use these features to query the KNN index in Amazon ES. KNN for Amazon ES lets you search for points in a vector space and find the nearest neighbors for those points by cosine similarity (the default is Euclidean distance). When it finds the nearest neighbors vectors (for example, k = 3 nearest neighbors) for a given query text, it returns the associated Amazon S3 images to the application. The following diagram illustrates the KNN search full-stack application architecture.

The process includes the following steps:

  1. The end-user accesses the web application from their browser or mobile device.
  2. A user-provided search query string is sent to Amazon API Gateway and AWS Lambda.
  3. The Lambda function invokes the Amazon SageMaker real-time endpoint, and the model returns a vector of the search query embeddings. Amazon SageMaker hosting provides a managed HTTPS endpoint for predictions and automatically scales to the performance needed for your application using Application Auto Scaling.
  4. The function passes the search query embedding vector as the search value for a KNN search in the index in the Amazon ES domain. A list of k similar items and their respective Amazon S3 URIs are returned.
  5. The function generates pre-signed Amazon S3 URLs to return back to the client web application, used to display similar items in the browser.

Prerequisites

For this walkthrough, you should have an AWS account with appropriate AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) permissions to launch the AWS CloudFormation template.

Deploying your solution

You use a CloudFormation stack to deploy the solution. The stack creates all the necessary resources, including the following:

  • An Amazon SageMaker notebook instance to run Python code in a Jupyter notebook
  • An IAM role associated with the notebook instance
  • An Amazon ES domain to store and retrieve sentence embedding vectors into a KNN index
  • Two S3 buckets: one for storing the source fashion images and another for hosting a static website

From the Jupyter notebook, you also deploy the following:

  • An Amazon SageMaker endpoint for getting fixed-length sentence embedding vectors in real time.
  • An AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM) template for a serverless backend using API Gateway and Lambda.
  • A static front-end website hosted on an S3 bucket to demonstrate a real-world, end-to-end ML application. The front-end code uses ReactJS and the AWS Amplify JavaScript library.

To get started, complete the following steps:

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console with your IAM user name and password.
  2. Choose Launch Stack and open it in a new tab:

  1. On the Quick create stack page, select the check-box to acknowledge the creation of IAM resources.
  2. Choose Create stack.

  1. Wait for the stack to complete.

You can examine various events from the stack creation process on the Events tab. When the stack creation is complete, you see the status CREATE_COMPLETE.

You can look on the Resources tab to see all the resources the CloudFormation template created.

  1. On the Outputs tab, choose the SageMakerNotebookURL

This hyperlink opens the Jupyter notebook on your Amazon SageMaker notebook instance that you use to complete the rest of the lab.

You should be on the Jupyter notebook landing page.

  1. Choose nlu-based-item-search.ipynb.

Building a KNN index on Amazon ES

For this step, you should be at the beginning of the notebook with the title NLU based Item Search. Follow the steps in the notebook and run each cell in order.

You use a pre-trained BERT model (distilbert-base-nli-stsb-mean-tokens) from sentence-transformers and host it on an Amazon SageMaker PyTorch model server endpoint to generate fixed-length sentence embeddings. The embeddings are saved to the Amazon ES domain created in the CloudFormation stack. For more information, see the markdown cells in the notebook.

Continue when you reach the cell Deploying a full-stack NLU search application in your notebook.

The notebook contains several important cells; we walk you through a few of them.

Download the multi-modal corpus dataset from Feidegger, which contains fashion images and descriptions in German. See the following code:

## Data Preparation import os import shutil
import json
import tqdm
import urllib.request
from tqdm import notebook
from multiprocessing import cpu_count
from tqdm.contrib.concurrent import process_map images_path = 'data/feidegger/fashion'
filename = 'metadata.json' my_bucket = s3_resource.Bucket(bucket) if not os.path.isdir(images_path): os.makedirs(images_path) def download_metadata(url): if not os.path.exists(filename): urllib.request.urlretrieve(url, filename) #download metadata.json to local notebook
download_metadata('https://raw.githubusercontent.com/zalandoresearch/feidegger/master/data/FEIDEGGER_release_1.1.json') def generate_image_list(filename): metadata = open(filename,'r') data = json.load(metadata) url_lst = [] for i in range(len(data)): url_lst.append(data[i]['url']) return url_lst def download_image(url): urllib.request.urlretrieve(url, images_path + '/' + url.split("/")[-1]) #generate image list url_lst = generate_image_list(filename) workers = 2 * cpu_count() #downloading images to local disk
process_map(download_image, url_lst, max_workers=workers)

Upload the dataset to Amazon S3:

# Uploading dataset to S3 files_to_upload = []
dirName = 'data'
for path, subdirs, files in os.walk('./' + dirName): path = path.replace("\","/") directory_name = path.replace('./',"") for file in files: files_to_upload.append({ "filename": os.path.join(path, file), "key": directory_name+'/'+file }) def upload_to_s3(file): my_bucket.upload_file(file['filename'], file['key']) #uploading images to s3
process_map(upload_to_s3, files_to_upload, max_workers=workers)

This dataset has product descriptions in German, so you use Amazon Translate for the English translation for each German sentence:

with open(filename) as json_file: data = json.load(json_file) #Define translator function
def translate_txt(data): results = {} results['filename'] = f's3://{bucket}/data/feidegger/fashion/' + data['url'].split("/")[-1] results['descriptions'] = [] translate = boto3.client(service_name='translate', use_ssl=True) for i in data['descriptions']: result = translate.translate_text(Text=str(i), SourceLanguageCode="de", TargetLanguageCode="en") results['descriptions'].append(result['TranslatedText']) return results

Save the sentence transformers model to notebook instance:

!pip install sentence-transformers #Save the model to disk which we will host at sagemaker
from sentence_transformers import models, SentenceTransformer
saved_model_dir = 'transformer'
if not os.path.isdir(saved_model_dir): os.makedirs(saved_model_dir) model = SentenceTransformer('distilbert-base-nli-stsb-mean-tokens')
model.save(saved_model_dir)

Upload the model artifact (model.tar.gz) to Amazon S3 with the following code:

#zip the model .gz format
import tarfile
export_dir = 'transformer'
with tarfile.open('model.tar.gz', mode='w:gz') as archive: archive.add(export_dir, recursive=True) #Upload the model to S3 inputs = sagemaker_session.upload_data(path='model.tar.gz', key_prefix='model')
inputs

Deploy the model into an Amazon SageMaker PyTorch model server using the Amazon SageMaker Python SDK. See the following code:

from sagemaker.pytorch import PyTorch, PyTorchModel
from sagemaker.predictor import RealTimePredictor
from sagemaker import get_execution_role class StringPredictor(RealTimePredictor): def __init__(self, endpoint_name, sagemaker_session): super(StringPredictor, self).__init__(endpoint_name, sagemaker_session, content_type='text/plain') pytorch_model = PyTorchModel(model_data = inputs, role=role, entry_point ='inference.py', source_dir = './code', framework_version = '1.3.1', predictor_cls=StringPredictor) predictor = pytorch_model.deploy(instance_type='ml.m5.large', initial_instance_count=3)

Define a cosine similarity Amazon ES KNN index mapping with the following code (to define cosine similarity KNN index mapping, you need Amazon ES 7.7 and above):

#KNN index maping
knn_index = { "settings": { "index.knn": True, "index.knn.space_type": "cosinesimil", "analysis": { "analyzer": { "default": { "type": "standard", "stopwords": "_english_" } } } }, "mappings": { "properties": { "zalando_nlu_vector": { "type": "knn_vector", "dimension": 768 } } }
}

Each product has five visual descriptions, so you combine all five descriptions and get one fixed-length sentence embedding. See the following code:

# For each product, we are concatenating all the # product descriptions into a single sentence,
# so that we will have one embedding for each product def concat_desc(results): obj = { 'filename': results['filename'], } obj['descriptions'] = ' '.join(results['descriptions']) return obj concat_results = map(concat_desc, results)
concat_results = list(concat_results)
concat_results[0]

Import the sentence embeddings and associated Amazon S3 image URI into the Amazon ES KNN index with the following code. You also load the translated descriptions in full text, so that later you can compare the difference between KNN search and standard match text queries in Elasticsearch.

# defining a function to import the feature vectors corresponds to each S3 URI into Elasticsearch KNN index
# This process will take around ~10 min. def es_import(concat_result): vector = json.loads(predictor.predict(concat_result['descriptions'])) es.index(index='idx_zalando', body={"zalando_nlu_vector": vector, "image": concat_result['filename'], "description": concat_result['descriptions']} ) workers = 8 * cpu_count() process_map(es_import, concat_results, max_workers=workers)

Building a full-stack KNN search application

Now that you have a working Amazon SageMaker endpoint for extracting text features and a KNN index on Amazon ES, you’re ready to build a real-world, full-stack ML-powered web app. You use an AWS SAM template to deploy a serverless REST API with API Gateway and Lambda. The REST API accepts new search strings, generates the embeddings, and returns similar relevant items to the client. Then you upload a front-end website that interacts with your new REST API to Amazon S3. The front-end code uses Amplify to integrate with your REST API.

  1. In the following cell, prepopulate a CloudFormation template that creates necessary resources such as Lambda and API Gateway for full-stack application:
s3_resource.Object(bucket, 'backend/template.yaml').upload_file('./backend/template.yaml', ExtraArgs={'ACL':'public-read'}) sam_template_url = f'https://{bucket}.s3.amazonaws.com/backend/template.yaml' # Generate the CloudFormation Quick Create Link print("Click the URL below to create the backend API for NLU search:n")
print(( 'https://console.aws.amazon.com/cloudformation/home?region=us-east-1#/stacks/create/review' f'?templateURL={sam_template_url}' '&stackName=nlu-search-api' f'&param_BucketName={outputs["s3BucketTraining"]}' f'&param_DomainName={outputs["esDomainName"]}' f'&param_ElasticSearchURL={outputs["esHostName"]}' f'&param_SagemakerEndpoint={predictor.endpoint}'
))

The following screenshot shows the output: a pre-generated CloudFormation template link.

  1. Choose the link.

You are sent to the Quick create stack page.

  1. Select the check-boxes to acknowledge the creation of IAM resources, IAM resources with custom names, and CAPABILITY_AUTO_EXPAND.
  2. Choose Create stack.

When the stack creation is complete, you see the status CREATE_COMPLETE. You can look on the Resources tab to see all the resources the CloudFormation template created.

  1. After the stack is created, proceed through the cells.

The following cell indicates that your full-stack application, including front-end and backend code, are successfully deployed:

print('Click the URL below:n')
print(outputs['S3BucketSecureURL'] + '/index.html')

The following screenshot shows the URL output.

  1. Choose the link.

You are sent to the application page, where you can provide your own search text to find products using both the KNN approach and regular full-text search approaches.

  1. When you’re done testing and experimenting with your KNN search application, run the last two cells at the bottom of the notebook:
# Delete the endpoint
predictor.delete_endpoint() # Empty S3 Contents
training_bucket_resource = s3_resource.Bucket(bucket)
training_bucket_resource.objects.all().delete() hosting_bucket_resource = s3_resource.Bucket(outputs['s3BucketHostingBucketName'])
hosting_bucket_resource.objects.all().delete()

These cells end your Amazon SageMaker endpoint and empty your S3 buckets to prepare you for cleaning up your resources.

Cleaning up

To delete the rest of your AWS resources, go to the AWS CloudFormation console and delete the nlu-search-api and nlu-search stacks.

Conclusion

In this post, we showed you how to create a KNN-based search application using Amazon SageMaker and Amazon ES KNN index features. You used a pre-trained BERT model from the sentence-transformers Python library. You can also fine-tune your BERT model using your own dataset. For more information, see Fine-tuning a PyTorch BERT model and deploying it with Amazon Elastic Inference on Amazon SageMaker.

A GPU instance is recommended for most deep learning purposes. In many cases, training new models is faster on GPU instances than CPU instances. You can scale sub-linearly when you have multi-GPU instances or if you use distributed training across many instances with GPUs. However, we used CPU instances for this use case so you can complete the walkthrough under the AWS Free Tier.

For more information about the code sample in the post, see the GitHub repo.


About the Authors

Amit Mukherjee is a Sr. Partner Solutions Architect with a focus on data analytics and AI/ML. He works with AWS partners and customers to provide them with architectural guidance for building highly secure and scalable data analytics platforms and adopting machine learning at a large scale.

Laith Al-Saadoon is a Principal Solutions Architect with a focus on data analytics at AWS. He spends his days obsessing over designing customer architectures to process enormous amounts of data at scale. In his free time, he follows the latest in machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Source: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/machine-learning/building-an-nlu-powered-search-application-with-amazon-sagemaker-and-the-amazon-es-knn-feature/

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