Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Integrating Weka's UI into your own code

Weka is a machine learning toolkit written in Java. Despite it's capability to run as a stand alone
user interface, you can also use Weka in your own Java code. That means, all algorithms you can find in the user interface are also trainable and usable in your Java application. The cool thing is, you can also integrate part of Weka's user interface into your own. So my goal was to integrate the option to choose a Weka classifier and configure it using Weka's native components.

Choosing and configuring a Weka classifier, here a Support Vector Machine.

After browsing a little through the Weka UI code I found two classes that can be used to
open the editor to choose a classifier and to configure it. Once the window closes, the classifier
with it's configuration is ready to be used by other functions. The first UI component is the GenericObjectEditor, which is responsible for choosing a classifier. The second is the PropertyDialog which is configuring the current classifier. Blow I showed some code that displays the dialog and prints out the classifier. I found the example in the Weka GenericObjectEditor class at the bottom. For the code to work you have to make sure the weka.jar is in your CLASSPATH.

package wekaui;

import java.awt.Frame;
import java.awt.event.WindowAdapter;
import java.awt.event.WindowEvent;
import java.beans.PropertyEditor;
import weka.classifiers.Classifier;
import weka.classifiers.rules.ZeroR;
import weka.gui.GenericObjectEditor;
import weka.gui.PropertyDialog;

 * Choose a classifier and configure it in your own java code.
 * @author Daniel Kohlsdorf
public class WekaUI {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        Object initial = new ZeroR();
        GenericObjectEditor editor = new GenericObjectEditor(true);

        // Setup the property view
        PropertyDialog propertyDialog = new PropertyDialog((Frame) null, editor, 100, 100);

        // Get the classifier when the window is closed
        pd.addWindowListener(new WindowAdapter() {
            public void windowDeactivated(WindowEvent e) {
                PropertyEditor propertyEditor = ((PropertyDialog) e.getSource()).getEditor();
                if (propertyEditor.getValue() != null) {
                    Classifier classifier = (Classifier) propertyEditor.getValue();
                    System.out.println("CLASSIFIER: " + classifier);


1 comment:

  1. Very usefull. Attention to undeclared ce and pd. Thanks Daniel!