SVM Classifier using Scikit Learn – Code Examples


In this post, you will learn about how to train an SVM Classifier using Scikit Learn or SKLearn implementation with the help of code examples/samples

Scikit Learn offers different implementations such as the following to train an SVM classifier. 

  • LIBSVM: LIBSVM is a C/C++ library specialised for SVM. The SVC class is the LIBSVM implementation and can be used to train the SVM classifier (hard/soft margin classifier).
  • Native Python implementation: Scikit Learn provides python implementation of SVM classifier in form SGDClassifier which is based on a stochastic gradient algorithm.

LIBSVM SVC Code Example

In this section, the code below makes use of SVC class (from sklearn.svm import SVC) for fitting a model.

import pandas as pd
import numpy as np
from sklearn.svm import SVC
from sklearn.preprocessing import StandardScaler
from sklearn.model_selection import train_test_split
from sklearn.metrics import accuracy_score
from sklearn import datasets

# IRIS Data Set

iris = datasets.load_iris()
X =
y =

# Creating training and test split

X_train, X_test, y_train, y_test = train_test_split(X, y, test_size=0.3, random_state=1, stratify = y)

# Feature Scaling

sc = StandardScaler()
X_train_std = sc.transform(X_train)
X_test_std = sc.transform(X_test)

# Training a SVM classifier using SVC class
svm = SVC(kernel= 'linear', random_state=1, C=0.1), y_train)

# Mode performance

y_pred = svm.predict(X_test_std)
print('Accuracy: %.3f' % accuracy_score(y_test, y_pred))

SVM Python Implementation Code Example

In this section, you will see the usage of SGDClassifier (Note from sklearn.linear_model import SGDClassifier)which is native python implementation. The code below represents the implementation with default parameters.

from sklearn.linear_model import SGDClassifier

# Instantiate SVM classifier using SGDClassifier
svm = SGDClassifier(loss='hinge')

# Fit the model, y_train)

# Model Performance
y_pred = svm.predict(X_test_std)
print('Accuracy: %.3f' % accuracy_score(y_test, y_pred))

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