MODL: Massive Online Dictionary Learning

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This python package (webpage) allows to perform sparse / dense matrix factorization on fully-observed/missing data very efficiently, by leveraging random subsampling with online learning. It is able to factorize matrices of terabyte scale with hundreds of components in the latent space in a few hours.

The stochastic-subsampled online matrix factorization (SOMF) algorithm is an order or magnitude faster than online matrix factorization (OMF) on large datasets.


It provides scikit-learn compatible estimators that fully implements the stochastic-subsampled online matrix factorization (SOMF) algorithms. This package allows to reproduce the experiments and figures from the papers cited in reference.

Installing from source with pip

Installation from source is simple. In a command prompt:

git clone
cd modl
pip install -r requirements.txt
pip install .
cd $HOME
py.test --pyargs modl

This package is only tested with Python 3.5+ !

Core code

The package essentially provides three estimators:


fMRI decomposition

A fast running example that decomposes a small dataset of resting-fmri data into a 70 components map is provided

python examples/

It can be adapted for running on the 2TB HCP dataset, by changing the source parameter into ‘hcp’ (you will need to download the data first)

Hyperspectral images

A fast running example that extracts the patches of a HD image can be run from

python examples/

It can be adapted to run on AVIRIS data, changing the image source into ‘aviris’ in the file.

Recommender systems

Our core algorithm can be run to perform collaborative filtering very efficiently:

python examples/

You will need to download datasets beforehand:

make download-movielens1m
make download-movielens10m


Please feel free to report any issue and propose improvements on github.


This package implements the two following papers:

Arthur Mensch, Julien Mairal, Bertrand Thirion, Gaël Varoquaux. Stochastic Subsampling for Factorizing Huge Matrices, in IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 2018

Arthur Mensch, Julien Mairal, Bertrand Thirion, Gaël Varoquaux. Dictionary Learning for Massive Matrix Factorization, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Machine Learning, 2016


Licensed under simplified BSD.

Arthur Mensch, 2015 - present