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Machine Learning Classification Algorithms – Part III

See Part I and Part II to get insight on Supervised Learning.

Types of Classification

Based on the number and level of classes present in the dataset, there are three types of classification.

Binary Classification

This type of classification has only two categories. Usually, they are boolean values – 1 or 0, True or False, High or Low. Some examples where such a classification could be used is in cancer detection or email spam detection where the labels would be positive or negative for cancer and spam or not spam for spam detection.

Let us take an example. We are using a breast cancer detection dataset that can be downloaded from here.

import pandas as pd
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import seaborn as sns
data= pd.read_csv(“data.csv”)
data.head() hosted with ❤ by GitHub

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Fig. 2. Scatter Plot – Texture Mean vs. Radius Mean

Here you can see the two ‘classes’ – ‘M’ stands for malignant and ‘B’ stands for benign. As you can see, the classes are well divided and are easily differentiable to the naked eye for these two features. However, this will not be true for all pairs of features.

Models that can be used for such a classification are:

  • Logistic Regression
  • Support Vector Classifiers

You can also use Decision Trees, Random Forests and other algorithms but Logistic Regression and Support Vector Classification are used exclusively for binary classification.

Stay tuned for the next installment in this series to learn about Multi-class Classification.

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