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Sequential Backward Feature Selection – Python Example

Sequential Backward Search for Feature Selection

In this post, you will learn about a feature selection technique called as Sequential Backward Selection using Python code example. Feature selection is one of the key steps in training the most optimal model in order to achieve higher computational efficiency while training the model, and also reduce the the generalization error of the model by removing irrelevant features or noise. Some of the important feature selection techniques includes L-norm regularization and greedy search algorithms such as sequential forward or backward feature selection, especially for algorithms which don’t support regularization. It is of utmost importance for data scientists to learn these techniques in order to build optimal models. Sequential backward …

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MinMaxScaler vs StandardScaler – Python Examples

MinMaxScaler vs StandardScaler

In machine learning, MinMaxscaler and StandardScaler are two scaling algorithms for continuous variables. The MinMaxscaler is a type of scaler that scales the minimum and maximum values to be 0 and 1 respectively. While the StandardScaler scales all values between min and max so that they fall within a range from min to max. In this blog post, you will learn about concepts and differences between MinMaxScaler & StandardScaler with the help of Python code examples. Note that these are classes provided by sklearn.preprocessing module and used for feature scaling purposes. As a data scientist, you will need to learn these concepts in order to train machine learning models using …

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Pandas – Append Columns to Dataframe

Append columns to the data frame

In this post, you will learn different techniques to append or add one column or multiple columns to Pandas Dataframe (Python). There are different scenarios where this could come very handy. For example, when there are two or more data frames created using different data sources, and you want to select a specific set of columns from different data frames to create one single data frame, the methods given below can be used to append or add one or more columns to create one single data frame. It will be good to know these methods as it helps in data preprocessing stage of building machine learning models. In this post, …

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LabelEncoder Example – Single & Multiple Columns

LabelEncoder for converting labels to integers

In this post, you will learn about LabelEncoder code examples for handling encoding labels related to categorical features of single and multiple columns in Python Pandas Dataframe. The following are some of the points which will get covered: Background What are labels and why encode them? How to use LabelEncoder to encode single & multiple columns (all at once)? When not to use LabelEncoder? Background When working with dataset having categorical features, you come across two different types of features such as the following. Many machine learning algorithms require the categorical data (labels) to be converted or encoded in the numerical or number form. Ordinal features – Features which has …

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Pandas – Fillna method for replacing missing values

Fillna method for replacing missing values

In this post, you will learn about how to use fillna method to replace or impute missing values of one or more feature column with central tendency measures in Pandas Dataframe (Python).The central tendency measures which are used to replace missing values are mean, median and mode. Here is a detailed post on how, what and when of replacing missing values with mean, median or mode. This will be helpful in the data preprocessing stage of building machine learning models. Other technique used for filling missing values is backfill or bfill and forward-fill or ffill. Before going further and learn about fillna method, here is the Pandas sample dataframe we will work with. It represents marks in …

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Decision Tree Classifier Python Code Example

Decision tree decision boundaries

In this post, you will learn about how to train a decision tree classifier machine learning model using Python. The following points will be covered in this post: What is decision tree? Decision tree python code sample What is Decision Tree? Simply speaking, the decision tree algorithm breaks the data points into decision nodes resulting in a tree structure. The decision nodes represent the question based on which the data is split further into two or more child nodes. The tree is created until the data points at a specific child node is pure (all data belongs to one class). The criteria for creating the most optimal decision questions is …

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SVM RBF Kernel Parameters with Code Examples

SVM RBF Kernel Parameters - Gamma and C values

In this post, you will learn about SVM RBF (Radial Basis Function) kernel hyperparameters with the python code example.  The following are the two hyperparameters which you need to know while training a machine learning model with SVM and RBF kernel: Gamma  C (also called regularization parameter) Knowing the concepts on SVM parameters such as Gamma and C used with RBF kernel will enable you to select the appropriate values of Gamma and C and train the most optimal model using the SVM algorithm.  Let’s understand why we should use kernel functions such as RBF. Why use RBF Kernel? When the data set is linearly inseparable or in other words, the …

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How to Convert Sklearn Dataset to Dataframe

In this post, you will learn how to convert Sklearn.datasets to Pandas Dataframe. It will be useful to know this technique (code example) if you are comfortable working with Pandas Dataframe. You will be able to perform several operations faster with the dataframe. Sklearn datasets class comprises of several different types of datasets including some of the following: Iris Breast cancer Diabetes Boston Linnerud Images The code sample below is demonstrated with IRIS data set. Before looking into the code sample, recall that IRIS dataset when loaded has data in form of “data” and labels present as “target”. Executing the above code will print the following dataframe. In case, you don’t want to explicitly assign …

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Sklearn SVM Classifier using LibSVM – Code Example

In this post, you learn about Sklearn LibSVM implementation used for training an SVM classifier, with code example.  Here is a great guide for learning SVM classification, especially, for beginners in the field of data science/machine learning. LIBSVM is a library for Support Vector Machines (SVM) which provides an implementation for the following: C-SVC (Support Vector Classification) nu-SVC epsilon-SVR (Support Vector Regression) nu-SVR Distribution estimation (one-class SVM) In this post, you will see code examples in relation to C-SVC, and nu-SVC LIBSVM implementations. I will follow up with code examples for SVR and distribution estimation in future posts. Here are the links to their SKLearn pages for C-SVC and nu-SVC …

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Python – How to Plot Learning Curves of Classifier

Perceptron Classifier Learning Curve using Python Mlxtend Package

In this post, you will learn a technique using which you could plot the learning curve of a machine learning classification model. As a data scientist, you will find the Python code example very handy. In this post, the plot_learning_curves class of mlxtend.plotting module from mlxtend package is used. This package is created by Dr. Sebastian Raschka.  Lets train a Perceptron model using iris data from sklearn.datasets. The accuracy of the model comes out to be 0.956 or 95.6%. Next, we will want to see how did the learning go.  In order to do that, we will use plot_learning_curves class of mlxtend.plotting module. Here is a post on how to install mlxtend with Anaconda. The following …

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Feature Scaling & Stratification for Model Performance (Python)

In this post, you will learn about how to improve machine learning models performance using techniques such as feature scaling and stratification. The following topics are covered in this post. The concepts have been explained using Python code samples. What is feature scaling and why one needs to do it? What is stratification? Training Perceptron model without feature scaling and stratification Training Perceptron model with feature scaling Training Perceptron model with feature scaling and stratification What is Feature Scaling and Why is it needed? Feature scaling is a technique of standardizing the features present in the data in a fixed range. This is done when data consists of features of varying …

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How to use Sklearn Datasets For Machine Learning

In this post, you wil learn about how to use Sklearn datasets for training machine learning models. Here is a list of different types of datasets which are available as part of sklearn.datasets Iris (Iris plant datasets used – Classification) Boston (Boston house prices – Regression) Wine (Wine recognition set – Classification) Breast Cancer (Breast cancer wisconsin diagnostic – Classification) Digits (Optical recognition of handwritten digits dataset – Classification) Linnerud (Linnerrud dataset – Classification) Diabetes (Diabetes – Regression) The following command could help you load any of the datasets: All of the datasets come with the following and are intended for use with supervised learning: Data (to be used for …

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Python – How to install mlxtend in Anaconda

Add Channel and Install Mlxtend using Conda Install

In this post, you will quickly learn about how to install mlxtend python package while you are working with Anaconda Jupyter Notebook. Mlxtend (machine learning extensions) is a Python library of useful tools for the day-to-day data science tasks. This library is created by Dr. Sebastian Raschka, an Assistant Professor of Statistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison focusing on deep learning and machine learning research. Here is the instruction for installing within your Anaconda.  Add a channel namely conda-forge by clicking on Channels button and then Add button. Open a command prompt and execute the following command: conda install mlxtend –channel Conda-forge Once installed, launch a Jupyter Notebook and try importing the following. This should work …

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Python DataFrame – Assign New Labels to Columns

Python Dataframe Columns - Labels assigned new value

In this post, you will get a code sample related to how to assign new labels to columns in python programming while training machine learning models.  This is going to be very helpful when working with classification machine learning problem. Many a time the labels for response or dependent variable are in text format and all one wants is to assign a number such as 0, 1, 2 etc instead of text labels. Beginner-level data scientists will find this code very handy. We will look at the code for the dataset as represented in the diagram below: In the above code, you will see that class labels are named as very_low, Low, High, Middle …

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How to Print Unique Values in Pandas Dataframe Columns

print unique column values in Pandas dataframe

A quick post representing code sample on how to print unique values in Dataframe columns in Pandas. Here is a data frame comprising of oil prices on different dates which column such as year comprising of repeated/duplicate value of years. In the above data frame, the requirement is to print the unique value of year column. Here is the code for same. Note the method unique()

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Confusion Matrix Explained with Python Code Examples

confusion matrix for classification model

In this post, you will learn about the confusion matrix with examples and how it could be used as performance metrics for classification models in machine learning. Let’s take an example of a classification model which is used to predict whether a person would default on a bank loan. To build this classification model, let’s say, a historical data set of 10000 records got chosen for building the model. As part of building the model, all of the 10,000 records got labeled where each record represented a person and got labeled as “Yes” or “No” based on whether they defaulted (Yes) or not defaulted (No). Out of 10,000 labeled records, …

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