mlr_pipeops_imputelearner: Impute Features by Fitting a Learner

mlr_pipeops_imputelearnerR Documentation

Impute Features by Fitting a Learner


Impute features by fitting a Learner for each feature. Uses the features indicated by the context_columns parameter as features to train the imputation Learner. Note this parameter is part of the PipeOpImpute base class and explained there.

Additionally, only features supported by the learner can be imputed; i.e. learners of type regr can only impute features of type integer and numeric, while classif can impute features of type factor, ordered and logical.

The Learner used for imputation is trained on all context_columns; if these contain missing values, the Learner typically either needs to be able to handle missing values itself, or needs to do its own imputation (see examples).


R6Class object inheriting from PipeOpImpute/PipeOp.


PipeOpImputeLearner$new(learner, id = NULL, param_vals = list())
  • id :: character(1)
    Identifier of resulting object, default "impute.", followed by the id of the Learner.

  • learner :: Learner | character(1) Learner to wrap, or a string identifying a Learner in the mlr3::mlr_learners Dictionary. The Learner usually needs to be able to handle missing values, i.e. have the missings property, unless care is taken that context_columns do not contain missings; see examples.
    This argument is always cloned; to access the Learner inside PipeOpImputeLearner by-reference, use ⁠$learner⁠.

  • param_vals :: named list
    List of hyperparameter settings, overwriting the hyperparameter settings that would otherwise be set during construction. Default list().

Input and Output Channels

Input and output channels are inherited from PipeOpImpute.

The output is the input Task with missing values from all affected features imputed by the trained model.


The ⁠$state⁠ is a named list with the ⁠$state⁠ elements inherited from PipeOpImpute.

The ⁠$state$models⁠ is a named list of models created by the Learner's ⁠$.train()⁠ function for each column. If a column consists of missing values only during training, the model is 0 or the levels of the feature; these are used for sampling during prediction.


The parameters are the parameters inherited from PipeOpImpute, in addition to the parameters of the Learner used for imputation.


Uses the ⁠$train⁠ and ⁠$predict⁠ functions of the provided learner. Features that are entirely NA are imputed as 0 or randomly sampled from available (factor / logical) levels.

The Learner does not necessarily need to handle missing values in cases where context_columns is chosen well (or there is only one column with missing values present).


Fields inherited from PipeOpTaskPreproc/PipeOp, as well as:

  • learner :: Learner
    Learner that is being wrapped. Read-only.

  • learner_models :: list of Learner | NULL
    Learner that is being wrapped. This list is named by features for which a Learner was fitted, and contains the same Learner, but with different respective models for each feature. If this PipeOp is not trained, this is an empty list. For features that were entirely NA during training, the list contains NULL elements.


Only methods inherited from PipeOpImpute/PipeOp.

See Also

Other PipeOps: PipeOpEnsemble, PipeOpImpute, PipeOpTargetTrafo, PipeOpTaskPreprocSimple, PipeOpTaskPreproc, PipeOp, mlr_pipeops_boxcox, mlr_pipeops_branch, mlr_pipeops_chunk, mlr_pipeops_classbalancing, mlr_pipeops_classifavg, mlr_pipeops_classweights, mlr_pipeops_colapply, mlr_pipeops_collapsefactors, mlr_pipeops_colroles, mlr_pipeops_copy, mlr_pipeops_datefeatures, mlr_pipeops_encodeimpact, mlr_pipeops_encodelmer, mlr_pipeops_encode, mlr_pipeops_featureunion, mlr_pipeops_filter, mlr_pipeops_fixfactors, mlr_pipeops_histbin, mlr_pipeops_ica, mlr_pipeops_imputeconstant, mlr_pipeops_imputehist, mlr_pipeops_imputemean, mlr_pipeops_imputemedian, mlr_pipeops_imputemode, mlr_pipeops_imputeoor, mlr_pipeops_imputesample, mlr_pipeops_kernelpca, mlr_pipeops_learner, mlr_pipeops_missind, mlr_pipeops_modelmatrix, mlr_pipeops_multiplicityexply, mlr_pipeops_multiplicityimply, mlr_pipeops_mutate, mlr_pipeops_nmf, mlr_pipeops_nop, mlr_pipeops_ovrsplit, mlr_pipeops_ovrunite, mlr_pipeops_pca, mlr_pipeops_proxy, mlr_pipeops_quantilebin, mlr_pipeops_randomprojection, mlr_pipeops_randomresponse, mlr_pipeops_regravg, mlr_pipeops_removeconstants, mlr_pipeops_renamecolumns, mlr_pipeops_replicate, mlr_pipeops_scalemaxabs, mlr_pipeops_scalerange, mlr_pipeops_scale, mlr_pipeops_select, mlr_pipeops_smote, mlr_pipeops_spatialsign, mlr_pipeops_subsample, mlr_pipeops_targetinvert, mlr_pipeops_targetmutate, mlr_pipeops_targettrafoscalerange, mlr_pipeops_textvectorizer, mlr_pipeops_threshold, mlr_pipeops_tunethreshold, mlr_pipeops_unbranch, mlr_pipeops_updatetarget, mlr_pipeops_vtreat, mlr_pipeops_yeojohnson, mlr_pipeops

Other Imputation PipeOps: PipeOpImpute, mlr_pipeops_imputeconstant, mlr_pipeops_imputehist, mlr_pipeops_imputemean, mlr_pipeops_imputemedian, mlr_pipeops_imputemode, mlr_pipeops_imputeoor, mlr_pipeops_imputesample



task = tsk("pima")

po = po("imputelearner", lrn("regr.rpart"))
new_task = po$train(list(task = task))[[1]]

# '$state' of the "regr.rpart" Learner, trained to predict the 'mass' column:

# to use the "regr.kknn" Learner, prefix it with its own imputation method!
# The "imputehist" PipeOp is used to train "regr.kknn"; predictions of this
# trained Learner are then used to impute the missing values in the Task.
po = po("imputelearner",
  po("imputehist") %>>% lrn("regr.kknn")

new_task = po$train(list(task = task))[[1]]

mlr3pipelines documentation built on May 31, 2023, 9:26 p.m.