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Data to Production Ready Models to Business Apps in Just a Few Steps


By Shivam Bansal | minute read | February 05, 2021

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Building a Credit Scoring Model and Business App using H2O

In the journey of a successful credit scoring implementation, multiple stakeholders and different personas are involved at different steps – Business Inputs, Dataset procurement, Data Analysis, Predictive Machine Learning, Data Storytelling, and Dashboarding. H2O.AI platforms such as DriverlessAI  and H2O Wave help in automating a lot of these steps in the overall lifecycle of the project. In this article, we will look at how to use these platforms to develop high quality machine learning models for credit scoring and a business facing applications to consume the results.

We will use a public dataset for this article obtained from Kaggle, it contains credit details of about 250,000 borrowers along with the target column – if they managed to repay the loan or not. The goal is to use this dataset and train a machine model that banks can use to predict the risk score of the customers. Following table shows the column descriptions.

H2O Driverless AI is an Automatic Machine Learning platform that can be used to build trustable, transparent, and production ready machine learning Models for a variety of data science  problems such as – forecasting, regression , classification , nlp etc. It is pre-configured with 150+ recipes (algorithms and techniques) for models, transformations, and scoring. In addition to these, one can also bring their own algorithms, feature engineering code to enhance the model building process.

To develop a newCredit Scoring  Model, we will first add the dataset in Driverless AI which can be added via file upload (or any data connector) in the Datasets tab. We start a new Driverless AI experiment by clicking Predict  on the dataset and define the target column as IsBadCredit . There are a few other optional parameters which can be changed, example the three knobs in the bottom suggests Accuracy, Time, Interpretability. These knobs can be fine tuned in an iterative manner to change the modelling, feature engineering strategies. Finally, we click the LAUNCH EXPERIMENT  button to start the auto machine learning experiment.

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In about 6 mins, Driverless AI had already created 20 models on 130 features and one can also observe the AUC score on the validation dataset (as it performs cross-validation  internally). Most of the features are generated automatically by Driverless AI, using an evolutionary technique inspired by genetic algorithms.

After about 15 mins, the experiment finished with 0.8662 AUC by evolving both the algorithm hyperparameters (tuning) + engineered features.

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Once the experiment completes, Driverless AI provides several valuable artifacts  such as – Experiment Auto Report Documentation, Machine Learning Explainability, and Model Scoring Pipeline.

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One can fine tune this experiment with more tweaks and customizations in an iterative manner, however if it is acceptable to the banks, one can now use this model and can generate the prediction scores for any new data. Many business users prefer an interface to consume the results with summary statistics and visualizations. In fact, for a use case like this where multiple users / personas are involved, there is a need to create an app. Let’s now look at how we can leverage H2O Wave to build a business ready application to display the model predictions on a new dataset along with a few visualizations.

H2O Wave is an open-source Python development framework that makes it fast and easy for users to develop real-time interactive AI apps with sophisticated visualizations. H2O Wave accelerates development with a wide variety of user-interface components and charts, including dashboard templates, dialogs, themes, widgets, and many more.

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Wave is a low code framework, which allows to build applications with minimal python code – without any need of HTML, CSS, or JavaScript. Let’s create the Credit Scoring App which uses the same model we trained in driverless ai. First we create a folder named – CreditScoreApp  and create a python file named .

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Let’s now add different cards to make the app layout. In the homepage, we will add header, sidebar, and content.  

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def add_header_card(box):
 return ui.header_card(box=box, 
 title="Credit Scoring App",
 subtitle="Generate Credit Score Predictions using Driverless AI" )

def add_sidebar_card(box, customer_ids):
 id_choices = [ui.choice(_, _) for _ in customer_ids]
 return ui.form_card(box=box,
 items = [ui.text_xl(content='Select Customer Record'),
 ui.dropdown(name='customer_id', label='ID', 
 ui.button(name='predict', label='Generate', 

The updated code of show_homepage  will look like this:

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Notice the box parameter given as the first input of every function call. Box defines the size and location of a card, it uses the following format: Column Row Width Height .  The code we added so far will generate the following interface with three cards. 

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Now let’s start adding the cards in the Content Card to make a business dashboard. We will add multiple cards in different rows. Following shows the structure of the dashboard content. We add following sub-cards in this dashboard:

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H2O Wave provides native Visualizations and many pre-built templates to display stat cards, gauge cards, plots etc.

def add_bar_chart(box, title, plot_type='interval'):
 return ui.plot_card(box=box, title=title, data=data('xvalue yvalue'),
 plot=ui.plot([ui.mark(type=plot_type, x='=xvalue', y='=yvalue', color='=yvalue')]))

Following will generate a Credit Scoring App  which can be accessed by different users to get the credit scores of different customers.

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Integrating DriverlessAI and H2O Wave

At the start of the app, we want to take our test dataset and make predictions using the trained driverlessai experiment. For this task, we will use Python’s Client. Following is the snippet that I used to integrate both of these platforms to make the predictions.

import driverlessai
class DriverlessPredict:
	def __init__(self, config):
		self.dai, self.exp = self.dai_connect(config)

	def dai_connect(self, config):
		dai = driverlessai.Client(address = config['address'], 
					 username = config['username'], 
					 password = config['password'])
		exp = dai.experiments.get(config['experiment_key'])
		return dai, exp

	def dai_predict(self, input_path):
		dai_table = self.dai.datasets.create(input_path, force=True)
		pred_path = self.exp.predict(dai_table).download('datasets/', 
		return pd.read_csv(pred_path)

To make the predictions on the test dataset, we first connect to driverless ai instances by providing username, password, and url address. Then we pass the dataset to make predictions in the dai_predict  functions. This returns a new dataframe with an extra column – predictions.


In this article, we looked at how we can create a machine learning model in Driverless AI. We then used the model to create a business facing application using H2O Wave . The source code for this application is hosted here .


Shivam Bansal , Director, Field Technology

Shivam is the 3x Kaggle Grandmaster, 5 times winner of Kaggle’s Analytics / Data Science for Good Competition, and the winner of several other offline and online competitions. He holds a master's degree from the National University of Singapore and was a Valedictorian. He has extensive cross-industry and hands-on experience in building data science products and applications. He brings a strong blend of technical and business skills with a practical and solution-driven approach. He supports various functions within the company which include - engineering, pre-sales, and customer success. His LinkedIn profile can be found here.