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liblinear-train - train a linear classifier and produce a model


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liblinear-train [options] training_set_file [model_file]


liblinear-train trains a linear classifier using liblinear and produces a model suitable for use with liblinear-predict(1).

training_set_file is the file containing the data used for training. model_file is the file to which the model will be saved. If model_file is not provided, it defaults to training_set_file.model.

To obtain good performances, sometimes one needs to scale the data. This can be done with svm-scale(1).


A summary of options is included below.
-s type Set the type of the solver:

0 ... L2-regularized logistic regression

1 ... L2-regularized L2-loss support vector classification (dual) (default)

2 ... L2-regularized L2-loss support vector classification (primal)

3 ... L2-regularized L1-loss support vector classification (dual)

4 ... multi-class support vector classification

5 ... L1-regularized L2-loss support vector classification

6 ... L1-regularized logistic regression

7 ... L2-regularized logistic regression (dual)

-c cost Set the parameter C (default: 1)
-e epsilon
  Set the tolerance of the termination criterion

For -s 0 and 2:

|f’(w)|_2 <= epsilon*min(pos,neg)/l*|f’(w0)_2, where f is the primal function and pos/neg are the number of positive/negative data (default: 0.01)

For -s 1, 3, 4 and 7:

  Dual maximal violation <= epsilon; similar to libsvm (default: 0.1)
For -s 5 and 6:

  |f’(w)|_inf <= epsilon*min(pos,neg)/l*|f’(w0)|_inf, where f is the primal function (default: 0.01)
-B bias If bias >= 0, then instance x becomes [x; bias]; if bias < 0, then no bias term is added (default: -1)
-wi weight
  Weight-adjusts the parameter C of class i by the value weight
-v n n-fold cross validation mode
-q Quiet mode (no outputs).


Train a linear SVM using L2-loss function:

 liblinear-train data_file

Train a logistic regression model:

 liblinear-train -s 0 data_file

Do five-fold cross-validation using L2-loss SVM, using a smaller stopping tolerance 0.001 instead of the default 0.1 for more accurate solutions:

 liblinear-train -v 5 -e 0.001 data_file

Train four classifiers:

positive negative Cp Cn
class 1 class 2,3,4 20 10
class 2 class 1,3,4 50 10
class 3 class 1,2,4 20 10
class 4 class 1,2,3 10 10

 liblinear-train -c 10 -w1 2 -w2 5 -w3 2 four_class_data_file

If there are only two classes, we train ONE model. The C values for the two classes are 10 and 50:

 liblinear-train -c 10 -w3 1 -w2 5 two_class_data_file

Output probability estimates (for logistic regression only) using liblinear-predict(1):

 liblinear-predict -b 1 test_file data_file.model output_file


liblinear-predict(1), svm-predict(1), svm-train(1)


liblinear-train was written by the LIBLINEAR authors at National Taiwan university for the LIBLINEAR Project.

This manual page was written by Christian Kastner <>, for the Debian project (and may be used by others).

LIBLINEAR-TRAIN (1) March 08, 2011
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