What’s the difference between scikit-learn and tensorflow? Is it possible to use them together?

Your understanding is pretty much spot on, albeit very, very basic. TensorFlow is more of a low-level library. Basically, we can think of TensorFlow as the Lego bricks (similar to NumPy and SciPy) that we can use to implement machine learning algorithms whereas Scikit-Learn comes with off-the-shelf algorithms, e.g., algorithms for classification such as SVMs, Random Forests, Logistic Regression, and many, many more. TensorFlow really shines if we want to implement deep learning algorithms, since it allows us to take advantage of GPUs for more efficient training. TensorFlow is a low-level library that allows you to build machine learning models (and other computations) using a set of simple operators, like “add”, “matmul”, “concat”, etc.

Makes sense so far?

Scikit-Learn is a higher-level library that includes implementations of several machine learning algorithms, so you can define a model object in a single line or a few lines of code, then use it to fit a set of points or predict a value.

Tensorflow is mainly used for deep learning while Scikit-Learn is used for machine learning.

Here is a link that shows you how to do Regression and Classification using TensorFlow. I would highly suggest downloading the data sets and running the code yourself.


Of course, you can do many different kinds of Regression and Classification using Scikit-Learn, without TensorFlow. I would suggesting reading through the Scikit-Learn documentation when you have a chance.


It’s going to take a while to get through everything, but if yo make it to the end, you will have learned a ton!!! Finally, you can get the 2,600+ page user guide for Scikit-Learn from the link below.


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