fit: Fit a Model Specification to a Dataset

fit.model_specR Documentation

Fit a Model Specification to a Dataset


fit() and fit_xy() take a model specification, translate the required code by substituting arguments, and execute the model fit routine.


## S3 method for class 'model_spec'
  case_weights = NULL,
  control = control_parsnip(),

## S3 method for class 'model_spec'
fit_xy(object, x, y, case_weights = NULL, control = control_parsnip(), ...)



An object of class model_spec that has a chosen engine (via set_engine()).


An object of class formula (or one that can be coerced to that class): a symbolic description of the model to be fitted.


Optional, depending on the interface (see Details below). A data frame containing all relevant variables (e.g. outcome(s), predictors, case weights, etc). Note: when needed, a named argument should be used.


An optional classed vector of numeric case weights. This must return TRUE when hardhat::is_case_weights() is run on it. See hardhat::frequency_weights() and hardhat::importance_weights() for examples.


A named list with elements verbosity and catch. See control_parsnip().


Not currently used; values passed here will be ignored. Other options required to fit the model should be passed using set_engine().


A matrix, sparse matrix, or data frame of predictors. Only some models have support for sparse matrix input. See parsnip::get_encoding() for details. x should have column names.


A vector, matrix or data frame of outcome data.


fit() and fit_xy() substitute the current arguments in the model specification into the computational engine's code, check them for validity, then fit the model using the data and the engine-specific code. Different model functions have different interfaces (e.g. formula or x/y) and these functions translate between the interface used when fit() or fit_xy() was invoked and the one required by the underlying model.

When possible, these functions attempt to avoid making copies of the data. For example, if the underlying model uses a formula and fit() is invoked, the original data are references when the model is fit. However, if the underlying model uses something else, such as x/y, the formula is evaluated and the data are converted to the required format. In this case, any calls in the resulting model objects reference the temporary objects used to fit the model.

If the model engine has not been set, the model's default engine will be used (as discussed on each model page). If the verbosity option of control_parsnip() is greater than zero, a warning will be produced.

If you would like to use an alternative method for generating contrasts when supplying a formula to fit(), set the global option contrasts to your preferred method. For example, you might set it to: options(contrasts = c(unordered = "contr.helmert", ordered = "contr.poly")). See the help page for stats::contr.treatment() for more possible contrast types.


A model_fit object that contains several elements:

  • lvl: If the outcome is a factor, this contains the factor levels at the time of model fitting.

  • spec: The model specification object (object in the call to fit)

  • fit: when the model is executed without error, this is the model object. Otherwise, it is a try-error object with the error message.

  • preproc: any objects needed to convert between a formula and non-formula interface (such as the terms object)

The return value will also have a class related to the fitted model (e.g. "_glm") before the base class of "model_fit".

See Also

set_engine(), control_parsnip(), model_spec, model_fit


# Although `glm()` only has a formula interface, different
# methods for specifying the model can be used


lr_mod <- logistic_reg()

using_formula <-
  lr_mod %>%
  set_engine("glm") %>%
  fit(Class ~ funded_amnt + int_rate, data = lending_club)

using_xy <-
  lr_mod %>%
   set_engine("glm") %>%
  fit_xy(x = lending_club[, c("funded_amnt", "int_rate")],
         y = lending_club$Class)


parsnip documentation built on June 16, 2022, 5:10 p.m.