bundle: Bundling

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Bundling

Description

bundle() methods provide a consistent interface to serialization methods for statistical model objects. The created bundle can be saved, then re-loaded and unbundle()d in a new R session for use in prediction.

Usage

bundle(x, ...)

unbundle(x)

Arguments

x

A model object to bundle.

...

Additional arguments to bundle methods.

Value

A bundle object with subclass referencing the modeling function. If a bundle method is not defined for the supplied object, bundle.default is the identity function.

Bundles are a list subclass with two components:

object

An R object. Gives the output of native serialization methods from the model-supplying package, sometimes with additional classes or attributes that aid portability. This is often a raw object.

situate

A function. The situate() function is defined when bundle() is called, though is a loose analogue of an unbundle() S3 method for that object. Since the function is defined on bundle(), it has access to references and dependency information that can be saved alongside the object component. Calling unbundle() on a bundled object x calls x$situate(x$object), returning the unserialized version of object. situate() will also restore needed references, such as server instances and environmental variables.

Bundles are R objects that represent a "standalone" version of their analogous model object. Thus, bundles are ready for saving to a file; saving with base::saveRDS() is our recommended serialization strategy for bundles, unless documented otherwise for a specific method.

To restore the original model object x in a new environment, load its bundle with base::readRDS() and run unbundle() on it. The output of unbundle() is a model object that is ready to predict() on new data, and other restored functionality (like plotting or summarizing) is supported as a side effect only.

The bundle package wraps native serialization methods from model-supplying packages. Between versions, those model-supplying packages may change their native serialization methods, possibly introducing problems with re-loading objects serialized with previous package versions. The bundle package does not provide checks for these sorts of changes, and ought to be used in conjunction with tooling for managing and monitoring model environments like vetiver or renv.

See vignette("bundle") for more information on bundling and its motivation.

See Also

Other bundlers: bundle.H2OAutoML(), bundle.keras.engine.training.Model(), bundle.luz_module_fitted(), bundle.model_fit(), bundle.model_stack(), bundle.recipe(), bundle.step_umap(), bundle.train(), bundle.workflow(), bundle.xgb.Booster()


bundle documentation built on Sept. 9, 2023, 9:07 a.m.