Getting Started


This is a work-in-progress that shows how the pre-alpha version of Algoneer works. Please let us know if you should encounter any problems.

Algoneer provides blackbox tests that work on Model objects. A Model is an Algorithm that has been trained with a specific DataSet.

To get started we need to install Algoneer.


You need Python version >=3.6 to run Algoneer.

pip3 install algoneer

Algoneer aims to be technology-agnostic and provides wrappers for the most popular data processing and machine learning libraries. In this tutorial, we are going to use Algoneer in conjunction with pandas and scikit-learn. In case you have not installed them already, you can do so by running:

pip3 install pandas scikit-learn

Algoneer also provides a separate package with several example datasets that make it easy to get started. We can also install them using pip:

pip3 install algoneer_datasets

That’s it, we’re good to go! Let’s start using Algoneer by loading an example dataset and running a test on it.


You can find the whole example code on GitHub.

from algoneer.dataschema import DataSchema, AttributeSchema as AS

# we define the data schema for the bike dataset, which helps Algoneer to automatically
# run tests on the dataset and any models derived from it

class BikeSchema(DataSchema):

    # these are the regressands, which have the "x" role
    instant = AS(type=AS.Type.Integer, roles=["x"])
    season = AS(type=AS.Type.Categorical, roles=["x"])
    yr = AS(type=AS.Type.Integer, roles=["x"])
    mnth = AS(type=AS.Type.Integer, roles=["x"])
    holiday = AS(type=AS.Type.Boolean, roles=["x"])
    weekday = AS(type=AS.Type.Integer, roles=["x"])
    workingday = AS(type=AS.Type.Boolean, roles=["x"])
    weathersit = AS(type=AS.Type.Categorical, roles=["x"])
    temp = AS(type=AS.Type.Numerical, roles=["x"])
    atemp = AS(type=AS.Type.Numerical, roles=["x"])
    hum = AS(type=AS.Type.Numerical, roles=["x"])
    windspeed = AS(type=AS.Type.Numerical, roles=["x"])

    # this is the regressor, which has the "y" role
    cnt = AS(type=AS.Type.Integer, roles=["y"])
from algoneer_datasets.bike_sharing import path
from algoneer.dataset.pandas import PandasDataset

# we read the CSV data into a pandas dataframe
import pandas as pd
df = pd.read_csv(path+'/data.csv.gz')

# we wrap the dataframe with an Algoneer dataset using the bike schema
ds = PandasDataset(BikeSchema(), df)

This creates a PandasDataSet that contains the bike sharing data. This dataset is just a thin wrapper around a pandas dataframe and adds functionality that is helpful when using the dataset for testing. Notably, it includes a DataSchema that contains information about all attributes in the dataset.

Now, to test a machine learning model with Algoneer we first need to train one. To do this, we can again import a model from the example datasets library:

from sklearn.ensemble import RandomForestRegressor
from algoneer.algorithm.sklearn import SklearnAlgorithm

# we wrap the random forest classifier using the SklearnAlgorithm class
algo = SklearnAlgorithm(RandomForestRegressor, n_estimators=100)

# we produce a model by training the algorithm with a dataset
model =

Again, the Algorithm class is just a thin wrapper around existing algorithms, in this case a scikit-learn random forest regressor.

Now that we have trained our model, we can run a simple black box test on it:

from algoneer.methods.blackbox.shap import SHAP

shap = SHAP()

This so-called partial dependence plot is a simple test that quantifies the average effect that a given attribute has on the prediction of a machine learning model. You can read more about the test here.

Let’s run it on our model:

result =, ds, max_datapoints=100)

Here, max_datapoints specifies the number of datapoints that we use to average the effect of the attribute.