Machine Learning with Golang

Machine Learning with Golang

Machine learning is a process of teaching computers to make predictions or take actions based on data. It’s a subset of artificial intelligence (AI). And Golang is a programming language created at Google. In this blog post, we will see how we can use Golang for machine learning.

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Introduction to Machine Learning with Golang

Machine learning is a branch of artificial intelligence that deals with the construction and study of algorithms that can learn from and make predictions on data. These algorithms are used to build models that can be used to make predictions on new data.

Golang is a programming language created by Google. It is a statically typed, compiled language with garbage collection, type safety, ease of use, and an excellent standard library. Golang is well suited for building machine learning applications due to its runtime speed, portability, and ease of use.

This guide will introduce you to the basics of machine learning and Golang. We will cover the following topics:

– What is machine learning?
– What are the different types of machine learning?
– What are some common machine learning algorithms?
– How can Golang be used for machine learning?
– What are some tips for good Golang code for machine learning?

Setting up the environment

In this section, we will set up the environment for developing machine learning applications in Go. We will need to install some software to achieve this.

The first thing we need is the Golang compiler. We can download it from the golang website ( Once we have installed it, we will need to set up the GOPATH environment variable. This tells the Go compiler where to find our code and dependencies.

Next, we need to install a machine learning library for Go. We will use the Gorgonia library for this tutorial. Gorgonia is a library that helps with writing machine learning code in Go. It provides a lot of helpful abstractions and functions for working with data and training models.

Finally, we need to install a text editor or IDE for writing Go code. We recommend using Visual Studio Code with the Go plugin installed.

Once we have all of these tools installed, we are ready to start developing machine learning applications in Go!

Data pre-processing

In machine learning, data pre-processing is a crucial step. It refers to the techniques used to renovate data into a format that is suitable for further processing and machine learning algorithm development. The goal of data pre-processing is to have a clean dataset that can be used to train an algorithm

There are various approaches for data pre-processing, which can be broadly classified into two types:

1. Data Wrangling: It is the process of transforming raw data into a clean and useful format. This includes tasks such as filling in missing values, converting data into a suitable format, etc.

2. Data Pre-processing: It is the process of transforming raw data into a form that can be used by machine learning algorithms for training purposes. This includes tasks such as feature selection, feature engineering, dimensionality reduction, etc.

Data visualization

Data visualization is the process of creating visual representations of data. This can be done through a variety of techniques, including charts, graphs, and maps. Data visualization is an important part of data analysis and machine learning, as it can help you to understand the data better and to find patterns that you might not have noticed otherwise.

There are many different Golang packages that can be used for data visualization. Some of the most popular ones include:


Model training

Training models is a process of optimizing model parameters to best fit the training data. The goal is to find a set of parameters that results in the lowest possible error when the model is applied to new data. In Golang, there are many libraries that can be used for machine learning, such as Golinear, Goml, and so on.

Model evaluation

Evaluating a model is one of the most important part of machine learning. A model is considered to be good if it is able to generalize well on the unseen data. In order to evaluate a model, we need a dataset which is different from the one used to train the model. This dataset is called test set.

There are two ways to split the data into train and test set. The first one is called Train/Test Split. In this method, we randomly split the data into two parts, training set and testing set. The second method is called cross validation. In this method, we use different parts of the data as training set and testing set in turns.

After splitting the data, we train the model on the training set and then evaluate it on the test set. There are many ways to evaluate a model, but some of them are more commonly used than others. Some of the most common evaluation metrics are accuracy, precision, recall and F1 score.

Accuracy is simply the ratio of correct predictions to all predictions. It gives us an idea about how often our model is correct, but it doesn’t tell us anything about false positives and false negatives.
Precision is the ratio of correct positive predictions to all positive predictions. It tells us how often our positive predictions are correct.
Recall is the ratio of correct positive predictions to all actual positives. It tells us how often we predict positive when it’s actually positive.
F1 score is a combination of precision and recall. It’s defined as follows: F1 = 2 * (precision * recall) / (precision + recall)

Hyperparameter tuning

machine learning model’s performance. Hyperparameter tuning is often used to select the hyperparameters of a model that gives the best performance for a given dataset.

There are various methods for hyperparameter tuning, including manual tuning, grid search, random search, and Bayesian optimization. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the suitable method for a given problem depends on the nature of the problem and the dataset.

In this article, we will focus on grid search, which is a popular method for hyperparameter tuning. Grid search is simple to implement and can be easily parallelized to speed up the search process. However, it is important to note that grid search can be very computationally expensive and may not be practical for large datasets or complex models.

Saving and loading models

Models can be saved to and loaded from files. This is useful when you want to distribute your model to others, or deploy it in a production environment.

The most common format for storing models is the Portable Binary Format (PBF). This format is platform-independent and can be read by any Go program.

To save a model to a PBF file, use the Save method:

To load a model from a PBF file, use the Load method:

Deploying models

In order to use a machine learning model in a production environment, you’ll need to deploy it. This generally means getting it running on a server somewhere so that it can be used by a web or mobile application.

If you’re using Golang to develop your machine learning models, there are a few different options available to you for deploying them. In this article, we’ll explore some of the most popular methods and discuss the pros and cons of each.

One option is to use a managed service like Google Cloud ML Engine or AWS SageMaker. These services take care of the infrastructure and provide APIs that make it easy to deploy and use your models. However, they can be expensive, and you’ll be lock-in to the platform you choose.

Another option is to use one of the many open source frameworks for deploying machine learning models. These include TensorFlow Serving, PyTorch Serving, and MXNet Model Server. These frameworks can be deployed on any infrastructure, but they can be more difficult to set up and use than a managed service.

Finally, you can always roll your own solution using Golang’s built-in libraries and capabilities. This gives you the most flexibility but also requires the most work.

Which option is best for you will depend on your specific needs and circumstances. In any case, deploying machine learning models is an important part of putting them into production use.


In this article, we’ve looked at how to get started with machine learning in Go. We’ve seen how to load data, split it into training and test sets, build models and make predictions.

We’ve also seen how to evaluate the models we’ve built, using a variety of measures. In particular, we’ve seen how to use cross-validation to get a more accurate estimate of model performance.

Of course, there’s much more to machine learning than we can cover in one article. But hopefully this has given you enough of an introduction to get started on your own projects.

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