Custom quantization borders and missing value modes

    Contains

    Custom quantization borders and the method for processing missing values for the dataset numerical features.

    Format

    • Each line contains information regarding a single border and optionally the missing values mode settings for the corresponding feature.

    • Different missing values mode settings can not be specified for a single feature. The value either has to be set only on one line or should be the same on different lines that contain information regarding a single feature.

    • Supported missing values modes:

      • "Forbidden" — Missing values are not supported, their presence is interpreted as an error.
      • "Min" — Missing values are processed as the minimum value (less than all other values) for the feature. It is guaranteed that a split that separates missing values from all other values is considered when selecting trees.
      • "Max" — Missing values are processed as the maximum value (greater than all other values) for the feature. It is guaranteed that a split that separates missing values from all other values is considered when selecting trees.
    • The missing values mode for the feature is defined by the value of the --nan-mode (nan_mode) training parameter if not specified in this file.

    • Format of a single line:

      <zero-based feature ID><\t><border value><\t><missing values mode (optional)>
      

    Example

    The following description contains two borders for features indexed 0 and 2 and missing values settings for each of these features:

    0<\t>0.25<\t>Forbidden
    0<\t>0.75<\t>Forbidden
    2<\t>0.3
    2<\t>0.85<\t>Max