Software Open Access
Blondel, Mathieu; Pedregosa, Fabian
Lightning is a Python library for large-scale machine learning. More specifically, the library focuses on linear models for classification, regression and ranking. Lightning is the first project to integrate scikit-learn-contrib, a repository of high-quality projects that follow the same API conventions as scikit-learn. Compared to scikit-learn, the main advantages of lightning are its scalability and its flexibility. Indeed, lightning implements cutting-edge optimization algorithms that allow to train models with millions of samples within seconds on commodity hardware. Furthermore, lightning can leverage prior knowledge thanks to so-called structured penalties, an area of research that has recently found applications in domains as diverse as biology, neuroimaging, finance or text processing. Lightning is available under the 3-clause BSD license at http://contrib.scikit-learn.org/lightning/.