• Abhishek Singh

Building a logistic regression in Python

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Classification comes under the category of supervised learning i.e it learns from a given set of inputs and makes predictions on unseen data. Supervised learning has two main parts which are Regression and classification.

In the previous blog post we learn about regression in this blog post we learn about classification mainly logistic regression and it's an implementation in python.

Lets us understand classification by taking a real-life example, suppose we have given a medical record of the patient and we have to predict that the given patient has blood sugar or not. 1 represents the patient has blood sugar while 0 represents the patient does not have blood sugar.

There are mainly two types of classification which are

1- Binary or Binomial classification:- In the previous examples that were the problem of binary classification in which target labels are in the form of 0 and 1.

2- Multi-class or multinomial classification:- Three or more classes of output come under multi-class classification.

Application of classification are

1- image classification and video classification is perhaps the best application of classification. Almost every industries i.e medical and agriculture using this. Some of them are lung cancer classification, real-time activity classification, medical imaging classification, and plant weeds classification. 2- In the financial sector we are using classification applications to find loan defaulters, credit scoring, loan distribution i.e whether a customer has to give loan or not. Many companies like RedCarpet and KreditBee uses classification to give loans to the customer. 3- In the Sports industry whether a particular team is going to win a match or not based on the previous track records. 4- Text classification and sound classification is used to classify text and sound. Sound classification is used by marine engineers.

Logistic Regression Overview

The name logistic regression sounds inappropriate. This statistical method is not used to model regression problems but we use to solve a classification problem.

Logistic regression is known as the function used at the core of the tactic, the logistic function. In linear regression, the result (dependent variable) is continuous. It can have any one of an infinite number of possible values.

In logistic regression, the result (dependent variable) has only a limited number of possible values. Logistic Regression is employed when the response variable is categorical in nature.

The logistic function also called the sigmoid function is an S-shaped curve that will take any real-valued number and map it into a worth between 0 and 1, but never exactly at those limits.

S shaped cuve- logistic regression in python

Logistic regression uses an equation as the representation, similar to linear regression. The central assumption of Logistic Regression is that your input space is often separated into two nice ‘regions’, one for every class, by a linear(read: straight) boundary. Your data must be linearly separable in n dimensions.

Drawing hyperplane

The term logistic refers to the log odds probability that is modelled the term odds.

And the term odd is defined as the ratio of the the probability that an event occurs to the probability that it doesn't occur.

odds= P(event)/1- P(event)

Let us consider the conditional probability

Pr(y=1|X) = p(X)

In the above equation note that 1 is not the number it is the class or category.

We need to model a probability using a curve where X can be anything i.e X ∈ R

where x can be anything in the range of 0 and 1.

sigmoid function

There are many ways to accomplish this thing, in the logistic regression we use sigmoid function to accomplish this.

The goal of the learning is to estimate parameter vector B^ in order to make predictions.

As in the linear regression we use least square method to estimate parameters in the same way, logistic regression uses Maximum Likelihood method for parameter estimation.

So the question arises is how does this maximum likelihood works?

Step 1- Consider n samples with labels either 0 or 1.

Step 2- For the sample labelled "1": Estimate Beta hat (B^) such that p(X) close to 1.

Step 3- For sample labelled "0": Estimate B^ such that 1- p(X) is as close to possible as 1.

Mathematically it is represented as

Likelihood equation form

where i is with ith sample.

On combining these equations we want to find Beta parameters such that product of both these equation is maximum over all elements of the dataset.

Likelihood equation

This function that we need to optimize is called as Likelihood function.

After that we can take the log likelihood and convert them into a summation.

log of Likelihood equation

Now. we substitute p(x) values then we now group the coefficients of yi.

log of Likelihood equation -2

Now after simplifying the equation we get

After Simplification of Likelihood equation

Let us recall that our goal is to find the Beta which maximizes the function.

The above equations we get are also called transcendental Equation which cannot be computed exactly that's why we use numerical methods for approximation

which is Newton raphson method of approximation to find Beta coffecients.

Now let us move on to code.

Logistic Regression in Python from scratch

There are basically 5 steps to solve logistic regression in python.

Step 1- Import all the required libraries

Step 2- Create custom dataset

Step 3- Create validation data

Step 4- plotting custom dataset and validation

plotting training and validation data

Step 5- The fifth step is to define sigmoid function which helps us to output the probabilities between 0 and 1 and also define prediction function.

Step 6- Training part- In this step the loss is calculated and minimized with respect to weights.

we are getting 100% accuracy on training data

let us make prediction on test data. And then plot the result

Output- logistic-regression-in-python

Wrap up the Session

You now know what logistic regression is and the way you'll implement it for classification with Python. You’ve used many open-source packages, including NumPy, to work with arrays and Matplotlib to visualize the results. You also used both scikit-learn and StatsModels to create, fit, evaluate, and apply models. Generally, logistic regression in Python features a straightforward and user-friendly implementation. It usually consists of these steps: 1- Import packages, functions, and classes

2- Get data to figure with and, if appropriate, transform it

3- Create a classification model and train (or fit) it with existing data

4- Evaluate your model to ascertain if its performance is satisfactory

5- Apply your model to make predictions You’ve come a long way in understanding one of the most important areas of machine learning! If you have questions or comments, then please put them in the comments section below.

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