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Bug in ParameterIteration?

SilverMineMountSilverMineMount Member Posts: 3 Contributor I
edited November 2018 in Help
Hi there,

I think there is a bug in ParameterIteration. When I use logarithmic scaling I get the following results:
Min = 2, Max = 8, Steps = 2 gives 2, 3.646, 8 where I’d expect 2, 4, 8
Min = 0.125, Max = 1, Steps = 3 gives 0.125, 0.358, 0.646, 1 where I’d expect 0.125, 0.25, 0.5, 1

This is the code producing the sequence:
package com.rapidminer.parameter.value. ParameterValueGrid



private double[] scaleLogarithmic(int steps) {
double[] values = new double[steps + 1];
double offset = 1 - min;
for (int i = 0; i < steps + 1; i++) {
values = Math.pow(max + offset, (double) i / (double) steps) - offset;
}
return values;
}

Here, the distance between the individual values is independent of the position of the interval. I think that’s wrong. This is the fix I propose:
private double[] scaleLogarithmic(int steps) {
double[] values = new double[steps + 1];
double factor = 1 / min; //TODO: Make sure min > 0
for (int i = 0; i < steps + 1; i++) {
values = Math.pow(max * factor, (double) i / (double) steps) / factor;
}
return values;
}
Regards,
Peter
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Answers

  • TobiasMalbrechtTobiasMalbrecht Moderator, Employee, Member Posts: 290  RM Product Management
    Hi Peter,

    thank you for reporting this. Your solution indeed gives a lot more plausible values than the existing implementation. I will integrate the code lines you proposed into the code of RapidMiner. It will be available with the next release of RapidMiner 5 which is about to come very soon.

    Thanks again!

    Best regards,
    Tobias
  • SilverMineMountSilverMineMount Member Posts: 3 Contributor I
    Hi Tobias,

    that’s great, thank you. However, in my solution, you can’t set Min = 0. Although that is quite right for logarithmic scaling (as Min approaches 0, all the grid points should approach 0), the user might want to select 0 in addition to the true logarithmic values. That is a quite common situation, as 0 has a special meaning for some operators.
    Maybe you want to add a check box “Add 0 to value list” as a remedy.

    Of course, you can always enter the value list manually, but that can be a bit awkward.

    Regards,
    Peter
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