predict.model_fit: Model predictions

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Model predictions


Apply a model to create different types of predictions. predict() can be used for all types of models and uses the "type" argument for more specificity.


## S3 method for class 'model_fit'
predict(object, new_data, type = NULL, opts = list(), ...)

## S3 method for class 'model_fit'
predict_raw(object, new_data, opts = list(), ...)

predict_raw(object, ...)



An object of class model_fit


A rectangular data object, such as a data frame.


A single character value or NULL. Possible values are "numeric", "class", "prob", "conf_int", "pred_int", "quantile", "time", "hazard", "survival", or "raw". When NULL, predict() will choose an appropriate value based on the model's mode.


A list of optional arguments to the underlying predict function that will be used when type = "raw". The list should not include options for the model object or the new data being predicted.


Arguments to the underlying model's prediction function cannot be passed here (see opts). There are some parsnip related options that can be passed, depending on the value of type. Possible arguments are:

  • interval: for types of "survival" and "quantile", should interval estimates be added, if available? Options are "none" and "confidence".

  • level: for types of "conf_int", "pred_int", and "survival" this is the parameter for the tail area of the intervals (e.g. confidence level for confidence intervals). Default value is 0.95.

  • std_error: add the standard error of fit or prediction (on the scale of the linear predictors) for types of "conf_int" and "pred_int". Default value is FALSE.

  • quantile: the quantile(s) for quantile regression (not implemented yet)

  • time: the time(s) for hazard and survival probability estimates.


If "type" is not supplied to predict(), then a choice is made:

  • type = "numeric" for regression models,

  • type = "class" for classification, and

  • type = "time" for censored regression.

predict() is designed to provide a tidy result (see "Value" section below) in a tibble output format.

Interval predictions

When using type = "conf_int" and type = "pred_int", the options level and std_error can be used. The latter is a logical for an extra column of standard error values (if available).

Censored regression predictions

For censored regression, a numeric vector for time is required when survival or hazard probabilities are requested. Also, when type = "linear_pred", censored regression models will by default be formatted such that the linear predictor increases with time. This may have the opposite sign as what the underlying model's predict() method produces. Set increasing = FALSE to suppress this behavior.


With the exception of type = "raw", the results of predict.model_fit() will be a tibble as many rows in the output as there are rows in new_data and the column names will be predictable.

For numeric results with a single outcome, the tibble will have a .pred column and .pred_Yname for multivariate results.

For hard class predictions, the column is named .pred_class and, when type = "prob", the columns are .pred_classlevel.

type = "conf_int" and type = "pred_int" return tibbles with columns .pred_lower and .pred_upper with an attribute for the confidence level. In the case where intervals can be produces for class probabilities (or other non-scalar outputs), the columns will be named .pred_lower_classlevel and so on.

Quantile predictions return a tibble with a column .pred, which is a list-column. Each list element contains a tibble with columns .pred and .quantile (and perhaps other columns).

Using type = "raw" with predict.model_fit() will return the unadulterated results of the prediction function.

For censored regression:

  • type = "time" produces a column .pred_time.

  • type = "hazard" results in a list column .pred containing tibbles with a column .pred_hazard.

  • type = "survival" results in a list column .pred containing tibbles with a .pred_survival column.

In the case of Spark-based models, since table columns cannot contain dots, the same convention is used except 1) no dots appear in names and 2) vectors are never returned but type-specific prediction functions.

When the model fit failed and the error was captured, the predict() function will return the same structure as above but filled with missing values. This does not currently work for multivariate models.



lm_model <-
  linear_reg() %>%
  set_engine("lm") %>%
  fit(mpg ~ ., data = mtcars %>% dplyr::slice(11:32))

pred_cars <-
  mtcars %>%
  dplyr::slice(1:10) %>%

predict(lm_model, pred_cars)

  type = "conf_int",
  level = 0.90

  type = "raw",
  opts = list(type = "terms")

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