## Train Regression Neural Networks Using Regression Learner App

This example shows how to create and compare various regression neural network models using the Regression Learner app, and export trained models to the workspace to make predictions for new data.

In the MATLAB

^{®}Command Window, load the`carbig`

data set, and create a table containing the different variables.load carbig cartable = table(Acceleration,Cylinders,Displacement, ... Horsepower,Model_Year,Weight,Origin,MPG);

Click the

**Apps**tab, and then click the**Show more**arrow on the right to open the apps gallery. In the**Machine Learning and Deep Learning**group, click**Regression Learner**.On the

**Regression Learner**tab, in the**File**section, click**New Session**and select**From Workspace**.In the New Session from Workspace dialog box, select the table

`cartable`

from the**Data Set Variable**list.As shown in the dialog box, the app selects

`MPG`

as the response and the other variables as predictors. For this example, do not change the selections.To accept the default validation scheme and continue, click

**Start Session**. The default validation option is 5-fold cross-validation, to protect against overfitting.Regression Learner creates a plot of the response with the record number on the

*x*-axis.Use the response plot to investigate which variables are useful for predicting the response. To visualize the relation between different predictors and the response, select different variables in the

**X**list under**X-axis**to the right of the plot. Observe which variables are correlated most clearly with the response.Create a selection of neural network models. On the

**Regression Learner**tab, in the**Models**section, click the arrow to open the gallery. In the**Neural Networks**group, click**All Neural Networks**.In the

**Train**section, click**Train All**and select**Train All**.**Note**If you have Parallel Computing Toolbox™, then the app has the

**Use Parallel**button toggled on by default. After you click**Train All**and select**Train All**or**Train Selected**, the app opens a parallel pool of workers. During this time, you cannot interact with the software. After the pool opens, you can continue to interact with the app while models train in parallel.If you do not have Parallel Computing Toolbox, then the app has the

**Use Background Training**check box in the**Train All**menu selected by default. After you select an option to train models, the app opens a background pool. After the pool opens, you can continue to interact with the app while models train in the background.

Regression Learner trains one of each neural network option in the gallery, as well as the default fine tree model. In the

**Models**pane, the app outlines the**RMSE (Validation)**(root mean squared error) of the best model.Select a model in the

**Models**pane to view the results. On the**Regression Learner**tab, in the**Plot and Interpret**section, click the arrow to open the gallery, and then click**Response**in the**Validation Results**group. Examine the response plot for the trained model. True responses are blue, and predicted responses are yellow.**Note**Validation introduces some randomness into the results. Your model validation results can vary from the results shown in this example.

Under

**X-axis**, select`Horsepower`

and examine the response plot. Both the true and predicted responses are now plotted. Show the prediction errors, drawn as vertical lines between the predicted and true responses, by selecting the**Errors**check box under**Plot**to the right of the plot.For more information on the currently selected model, consult the

**Summary**tab. Check and compare additional model characteristics, such as R-squared (coefficient of determination), MAE (mean absolute error), and prediction speed. To learn more, see View Model Statistics in Summary Tab and Models Pane. In the**Summary**tab, you can also find details on the currently selected model type, such as options used for training the model.Plot the predicted response versus the true response. On the

**Regression Learner**tab, in the**Plot and Interpret**section, click the arrow to open the gallery, and then click**Predicted vs. Actual (Validation)**in the**Validation Results**group. Use this plot to determine how well the regression model makes predictions for different response values.A perfect regression model has predicted responses equal to the true responses, so all the points lie on a diagonal line. The vertical distance from the line to any point is the error of the prediction for that point. A good model has small errors, so the predictions are scattered near the line. Typically, a good model has points scattered roughly symmetrically around the diagonal line. If you can see any clear patterns in the plot, you can most likely improve your model.

For each remaining model, select the model in the

**Models**pane, open the predicted versus actual plot, and then compare the results across the models. For more information, see Compare Model Plots by Changing Layout.To try to improve the models, include different features. In the

**Models**gallery, select**All Neural Networks**again. See if you can improve the models by removing features with low predictive power. In the**Summary**tab, click**Feature Selection**to expand the section.In the

**Feature Selection**section, clear the check boxes for**Acceleration**and**Cylinders**to exclude them from the predictors. You can use the response plot to see that these variables are not highly correlated with the response variable.In the

**Train**section, click**Train All**and select**Train All**or**Train Selected**to train the neural network models using the new set of features.Observe the new models in the

**Models**pane. These models are the same neural network models as before, but trained using only five of the seven predictors. For each model, the app displays how many predictors are used. To check which predictors are used, click a model in the**Models**pane and consult the**Feature Selection**section of the**Summary**tab.The models with the two features removed perform comparably to the models with all predictors. The models predict no better using all the predictors compared to using only a subset of them. If data collection is expensive or difficult, you might prefer a model that performs satisfactorily without some predictors.

Select the model in the

**Models**pane with the lowest validation RMSE (best model), and view the residuals plot. On the**Regression Learner**tab, in the**Plot and Interpret**section, click the arrow to open the gallery, and then click**Residuals (Validation)**in the**Validation Results**group. The residuals plot displays the difference between the predicted and true responses. To display the residuals as a line graph select**Lines**under**Style**.Under

**X-axis**, select the variable to plot on the*x*-axis. Choose the true response, predicted response, record number, or one of the predictors.Typically, a good model has residuals scattered roughly symmetrically around 0. If you can see any clear patterns in the residuals, you can most likely improve your model.

You can try to further improve the best model in the

**Models**pane by changing its hyperparameters. First, duplicate the model. On the**Regression Learner**tab, in the**Models**section, click**Duplicate**.Then, in the

**Summary**tab of the duplicated model, try changing some of the hyperparameter settings, like the sizes of the fully connected layers or the regularization strength. Train the new model by clicking**Train All**and selecting**Train Selected**.To learn more about neural network model settings, see Neural Networks.

You can export a full or compact version of the trained model to the workspace. On the

**Regression Learner**tab, in the**Export**section, click**Export Model**and select either**Export Model**or**Export Compact Model**. See Export Regression Model to Predict New Data.To examine the code for training this model, click

**Generate Function**in the**Export**section.

**Tip**

Use the same workflow to evaluate and compare the other regression model types you can train in Regression Learner.

To train all the nonoptimizable regression model presets available for your data set:

On the

**Regression Learner**tab, in the**Models**section, click the arrow to open the gallery of regression models.In the

**Get Started**group, click**All**.In the

**Train**section, click**Train All**and select**Train All**.

To learn about other regression model types, see Train Regression Models in Regression Learner App.

## Related Topics

- Train Regression Models in Regression Learner App
- Select Data for Regression or Open Saved App Session
- Choose Regression Model Options
- Feature Selection and Feature Transformation Using Regression Learner App
- Visualize and Assess Model Performance in Regression Learner
- Export Regression Model to Predict New Data