2016-04-06

## Why different performance measures?

To date, we have focussed on accuracy: How often is my classifier correct on new data?

Depending on how the classifier will be applied, however, other measures may be more appropriate.

## Review: Error Rate / Accuracy

Compute the proportion that were correctly or incorrectly classified.

$\mathrm{Accuracy} = n^{-1} \sum_{i=1}^n 1(\hat{y}_i = y_i)$

$\mathrm{Error Rate} = n^{-1} \sum_{i=1}^n 1(\hat{y}_i \ne y_i)$

## Imbalanced classes

• Suppose in the true population, 95% are negative.
• Classifier that always outputs negative is 95% accurate. This is the baseline accuracy.
• Accuracy is not a useful measure.

Literature on learning from unbalanced classes:

## Example: 50% Positive, 50% Negative

npos <- 500; nneg <- 500; set.seed(1)
df <- rbind(data.frame(x=rnorm(npos,mupos), y=1),data.frame(x=rnorm(nneg,muneg),y=-1)); df$y <- as.factor(df$y)
sep <- tune(svm,y~x,data=df,ranges=list(gamma = 2^(-1:1), cost = 2^(2:4)))
df$ypred <- predict(sep$best.model)
ggplot(df,aes(x=x,fill=y)) + geom_histogram(alpha=0.2,position="identity",bins=51) + geom_point(aes(y=ypred,colour=ypred)) + scale_color_discrete(drop=FALSE)

## Example: 5% Positive, 95% Negative

npos <- 50; nneg <- 950; set.seed(1)
df <- rbind(data.frame(x=rnorm(npos,mupos), y=1),data.frame(x=rnorm(nneg,muneg),y=-1)); df$y <- as.factor(df$y)
sep <- tune(svm,y~x,data=df,ranges=list(gamma = 2^(-1:1), cost = 2^(2:4)))
df$ypred <- predict(sep$best.model);
ggplot(df,aes(x=x,fill=y)) + geom_histogram(alpha=0.2,position="identity",bins=51) + geom_point(aes(y=ypred,colour=ypred)) + scale_color_discrete(drop=FALSE)

## Example: Upsampling

newneg <- df %>% filter(y == 1) %>% sample_n(900,replace=T); dfupsamp <- rbind(df,newneg)
sep <- tune(svm,y~x,data=dfupsamp,ranges=list(gamma = 2^(-1:1), cost = 2^(2:4)))
dfupsamp$ypred <- predict(sep$best.model);
ggplot(dfupsamp,aes(x=x,fill=y)) + geom_histogram(alpha=0.2,position="identity",bins=51) + geom_point(aes(y=ypred,colour=ypred)) + scale_color_discrete(drop=FALSE)

## Upsampling: Accuracy

df$upsampred <- predict(sep$best.model,df)
mean(df$y == df$ypred)
## [1] 0.95
mean(df$y == df$upsampred)
## [1] 0.684

No upsampling: 95% Accuracy

Upsampled: 70% Accuracy

So why do you like the upsampled classifier better?

## Definitions: True/False Positives/Negatives

 True class Total population class positive class negative Predicted class Predicted class positive (Type I error) Predicted class negative (Type II error)

Careful! A "false positive" is actually a negative and a "false negative" is actually a positive.

## Precision and Recall, F-measure

 Precision = Î£ True positive Î£Â PredictedÂ positive Recall = Î£ True positive Î£Â ClassÂ positive

• In Information Retrieval, typically very few positives, many negatives. (E.g. billion webpages, dozen relevant to search query.) Focus is on correctly identifying positives.
• Recall: What proportion of the positives in the population do I correctly capture?
• Precision: What proportion of the instances I labeled positive are actually positive?

$\mbox{F-measure} = 2 \frac{\mathrm{Precision}\cdot\mathrm{Recall}}{\mathrm{Precision}+\mathrm{Recall}}$ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F1_score

## F-measure Example

$\mbox{F-measure} = 2 \frac{\mathrm{Precision}\cdot\mathrm{Recall}}{\mathrm{Precision}+\mathrm{Recall}}$ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F1_score

For the "always predict -1" classifier, recall = 0, precision = 0, so
F-measure = 0.

For the classifier learned from up-sampled data,

prec <- sum(df$y == 1 & df$upsampred == 1) / sum(df$upsampred == 1) recall <- sum(df$y == 1 & df$upsampred == 1) / sum(df$y == 1)
F1.upsamp <- 2 * prec*recall / (prec + recall)
print(F1.upsamp)
## [1] 0.2020202

NOTE that F-measure is not "symmetric"; it depends on the definition of the positive class. Typically used when positive class is rare but important to an application.

## Sensitivity and Specificity, Balanced Accuracy

 Sensitivity = Î£ True positive Î£Â ClassÂ positive Specificity = Î£ True negative Î£Â ClassÂ negative

• Sensitivity: What proportion of the positives in the population do I correctly label?
• Specificity: What proportion of the negatives in the population do I correctly label?

$\mbox{BalancedAccuracy} = \frac{1}{2} (\mathrm{Sensitivity}+\mathrm{Specificity})$

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accuracy_and_precision#In_binary_classification
Note: Sensitivity is same as Recall.

## Balanced accuracy Example

• Sensitivity: What proportion of the positives in the population do I correctly label?
• Specificity: What proportion of the negatives in the population do I correctly label?

$\mbox{BalancedAccuracy} = \frac{1}{2} (\mathrm{Sensitivity}+\mathrm{Specificity})$

For "always predict -1" classifier, sensitivity = 0, specificity = 1, balanced accuracy = 0.5.

For the classifier learned from up-sampled data,

sens <- sum(df$y == 1 & df$upsampred == 1) / sum(df$y == 1) spec <- sum(df$y == -1 & df$upsampred == -1) / sum(df$y == -1)
bal.acc.upsamp <- 0.5*(sens + spec)
print(bal.acc.upsamp)
## [1] 0.7389474

## Many Measures

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evaluation_of_binary_classifiers

 True class Total population class positive class negative Prevalence = Î£Â class positive Î£Â Total population Predicted class Predicted class positive (Type I error) Positive predictive value (PPV), Precision = Î£ True positive Î£Â PredictedÂ positive False discovery rate (FDR) = Î£ False positive Î£Â PredictedÂ positive Predicted class negative (Type II error) False omission rate (FOR) = Î£ False negative Î£Â PredictedÂ negative Negative predictive value (NPV) = Î£ True negative Î£Â PredictedÂ negative Accuracy (ACC) = Î£Â True positive + Î£ True negative Î£Â Total population True positive rate (TPR), Sensitivity, Recall = Î£ True positive Î£Â ClassÂ positive False positive rate (FPR), Fall-out = Î£ False positive Î£Â ClassÂ negative Positive likelihood ratio (LR+) = TPR FPR Diagnostic odds ratio (DOR) = LR+ LRâˆ’ False negative rate (FNR), MissÂ rate = Î£ False negative Î£Â ClassÂ positive True negative rate (TNR), Specificity (SPC) = Î£ True negative Î£Â ClassÂ negative Negative likelihood ratio (LRâˆ’) = FNR TNR

## Cost sensitivity

 Sensitivity = Î£ True positive Î£Â ClassÂ positive Specificity = Î£ True negative Î£Â ClassÂ negative

Recall:

$\mbox{BalancedAccuracy} = \frac{1}{2} (\mathrm{Sensitivity}+\mathrm{Specificity})$

What if e.g. false positives are more costly than false negatives?

Let $$\mathrm{P}$$ and $$\mathrm{N}$$ the proportions of positives and negatives in the population.

$\mathrm{FNRate} = (1 - \mathrm{Sensitivity}), \mathrm{FPRate} = (1 - \mathrm{Specificity})$

$\mbox{NormExpectedCost} = c_{\mathrm{FP}}\cdot\mathrm{FPRate}\cdot\mathrm{P}+ c_{\mathrm{FN}}\cdot\mathrm{FNRate}\cdot\mathrm{N}$

http://www.csi.uottawa.ca/~cdrummon/pubs/pakdd08.pdf

• Suppose classifier can rank inputs according to "how positive" they appear to be.
• E.g., can use probability from Logistic Regression, or $$w^{\mathsf T}x + b$$ for SVM.
• By adjusting the "threshold" value for deciding an instance is positive, we can obtain different false positive rates. Low threshold gives higher false positives (but higher true negatives), high threshold gives lower false positives (but higher false negatives.)
• ROC curve: Try all possible cutoffs, plot FPR on $$x$$-axis, TPR on $$y$$-axis.

Think: "If I fix FPR at 0.4, what is my TPR?"

Obviously, higher is better. Random guessing gives an ROC curve along $$y = x$$.

If the area under the curve (AUC) is 1, we have a perfect classifier. AUC of 0.5 is pretty bad.

Very common measure of classifier performance, especially when classes are imbalanced.

## Big picture: Optimizing classifiers

If we care about all these measures, why do we optimize misclassification rate, or margin, or likelihood?

• Computational tractability
• Classifier learned the way we described often perform well measures presented here

• However
• There are methods for learning e.g. SVMs by optimizing ROC
• Cost-sensitive learning is also widespread
• Methods are evolving; a quick google scholar search is a good idea.

## Mean Errors

$\mathrm{MSE} = n^{-1} \sum_{i=1}^n (\hat y_i - y_i)^2$

$\mathrm{RMSE} = \sqrt{ n^{-1} \sum_{i=1}^n (\hat y_i - y_i)^2 }$

$\mathrm{MAE} = n^{-1} \sum_{i=1}^n |\hat y_i - y_i|$

I find MAE easier to interpret. (How far am I from the correct value, on average?) RMSE is at least in the same units as the $$y$$.

## Mean Relative Error

$\mathrm{MRE} = n^{-1} \sum_{i=1}^n \frac{|\hat y_i - y_i|}{|y_i|}$

Scales error according to magnitude of true $$y$$. E.g., if MRE=$$0.2$$, then regression is wrong by 20% of the value of $$y$$, on average.

If this is appropriate for your problem then linear regression, which assumes additive error, may not be appropriate. Options include using a different model or regression on $$\log y$$ rather than on $$y$$.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Approximation_error#Formal_Definition