A little library for text analysis with RNNs.

pip install passage==0.2.4



A little library for text analysis with RNNs.

Warning: very alpha, work in progress.


via Github (version under active development)

git clone
python develop

or via pip

sudo pip install passage


Using Passage to do binary classification of text, this example:

  • Tokenizes some training text, converting it to a format Passage can use.
  • Defines the model's structure as a list of layers.
  • Creates the model with that structure and a cost to be optimized.
  • Trains the model for one iteration over the training text.
  • Uses the model and tokenizer to predict on new text.
  • Saves and loads the model.
from passage.preprocessing import Tokenizer
from passage.layers import Embedding, GatedRecurrent, Dense
from passage.models import RNN
from passage.utils import save, load

tokenizer = Tokenizer()
train_tokens = tokenizer.fit_transform(train_text)

layers = [
    Embedding(size=128, n_features=tokenizer.n_features),
    Dense(size=1, activation='sigmoid')

model = RNN(layers=layers, cost='BinaryCrossEntropy'), train_labels)

save(model, 'save_test.pkl')
model = load('save_test.pkl')


  • train_text is a list of strings ['hello world', 'foo bar']
  • train_labels is a list of labels [0, 1]
  • test_text is another list of strings


Without sizeable datasets RNNs have difficulty achieving results better than traditional sparse linear models. Below are a few datasets that are appropriately sized, useful for experimentation. Hopefully this list will grow over time, please feel free to propose new datasets for inclusion through either an issue or a pull request.

Note: None of these datasets were created by indico, nor should their inclusion here indicate any kind of endorsement

Blogger Dataset: (Age and gender data)