I have been running few ML models on same set of data for a binary classification problem with class proportion of 33:67.

I had the same algorithms and same set of hyperparamters during yesterday and today's run.

Please note that I also have the parameter random_state in each estimator function as shown below

svm=SVC()  # i replace the estimator here for diff algos

q1) Why does this change happens even when I have random_state configured?

q2) Is there anything else that I should do to reproduce the same results every time I run?

Please find below the results that are different? Here auc-Y denotes yesterday's run

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Not every seed is the same.

Here is a definitive function that sets ALL of your seeds and you can expect complete reproducibility:

def seed_everything(seed=42):
    Seed everything.
    os.environ['PYTHONHASHSEED'] = str(seed)
    torch.backends.cudnn.deterministic = True

You have to import torch, numpy etc.

UPDATE: How to set global randomseed for sklearn models:

Given that sklearn does not have its own global random seed but uses the numpy random seed we can set it globally with the above :


Here is a little experiment for scipy library, analogous would be sklearn (generating random numbers-usually weights):

import numpy as np
from scipy.stats import norm
print('Without seed')
print(norm.rvs(100, size = 5))
print(norm.rvs(100, size = 5))

print('With the same seed')
print(norm.rvs(100, size = 5))
np.random.seed(42) # reset the random seed back to 42
print(norm.rvs(100, size = 5))

print('Without seed')
print(norm.rvs(100, size = 5))
print(norm.rvs(100, size = 5))

outputing and confirming

Without seed
[100.27042599 100.9258397  100.20903163  99.88255017  99.29165699]
[100.53127275 100.17750482  98.38604284 100.74109598 101.54287085]
With the same seed
**[101.36242188 101.13410818 102.36307449  99.74043318  98.83044407]**
**[101.36242188 101.13410818 102.36307449  99.74043318  98.83044407]**
Without seed
[101.2933838  100.52176902 101.38602156 100.72865231  99.02271004]
[100.19080241  99.11010957  99.51578106 101.56403284 100.37350788]
  • $\begingroup$ Hi, thanks for the response. Upvoted. So I shouldn't be using random_state? I only use scikit-learn and classic machine learning models like Linear and Logistic, SVM, RF,Boosting... No deep learning. $\endgroup$ – The Great Jan 12 '20 at 11:56
  • $\begingroup$ So I don't have to worry about torch etc right? $\endgroup$ – The Great Jan 12 '20 at 11:57
  • $\begingroup$ This s a general answer, but yes for your specific case sklearn suffices. Question is do you have any dependencies, I dont know your whole code $\endgroup$ – Noah Weber Jan 12 '20 at 11:57
  • $\begingroup$ updated my code. can you advise now? $\endgroup$ – The Great Jan 12 '20 at 11:59
  • $\begingroup$ np.random.seed(seed) is numpy one that is used throughout sklearn $\endgroup$ – Noah Weber Jan 12 '20 at 11:59

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