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# compareHoldout

Compare accuracies of two classification models using new data

`compareHoldout` statistically assesses the accuracies of two classification models. The function first compares their predicted labels against the true labels, and then it detects whether the difference between the misclassification rates is statistically significant.

You can determine whether the accuracies of the classification models differ or whether one model performs better than another. `compareHoldout` can conduct several McNemar test variations, including the asymptotic test, the exact-conditional test, and the mid-p-value test. For cost-sensitive assessment, available tests include a chi-square test (requires Optimization Toolbox™) and a likelihood ratio test.

## Syntax

``h = compareHoldout(C1,C2,T1,T2,ResponseVarName)``
``h = compareHoldout(C1,C2,T1,T2,Y)``
``h = compareHoldout(C1,C2,X1,X2,Y)``
``h = compareHoldout(___,Name,Value)``
``````[h,p,e1,e2] = compareHoldout(___)``````

## Description

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````h = compareHoldout(C1,C2,T1,T2,ResponseVarName)` returns the test decision from testing the null hypothesis that the trained classification models `C1` and `C2` have equal accuracy for predicting the true class labels in the `ResponseVarName` variable. The alternative hypothesis is that the labels have unequal accuracy.The first classification model `C1` uses the predictor data in `T1`, and the second classification model `C2` uses the predictor data in `T2`. The tables `T1` and `T2` must contain the same response variable but can contain different sets of predictors. By default, the software conducts the mid-p-value McNemar test to compare the accuracies.`h` = `1` indicates rejecting the null hypothesis at the 5% significance level. `h` = `0` indicates not rejecting the null hypothesis at the 5% level.The following are examples of tests you can conduct: Compare the accuracies of a simple classification model and a model that is more complex by passing the same set of predictor data (that is, `T1` = `T2`).Compare the accuracies of two potentially different models using two potentially different sets of predictors.Perform various types of feature selection. For example, you can compare the accuracy of a model trained using a set of predictors to the accuracy of one trained on a subset or different set of those predictors. You can choose the set of predictors arbitrarily, or use a feature selection technique such as PCA or sequential feature selection (see `pca` and `sequentialfs`). ```
````h = compareHoldout(C1,C2,T1,T2,Y)` returns the test decision from testing the null hypothesis that the trained classification models `C1` and `C2` have equal accuracy for predicting the true class labels `Y`. The alternative hypothesis is that the labels have unequal accuracy.The first classification model `C1` uses the predictor data `T1`, and the second classification model `C2` uses the predictor data `T2`. By default, the software conducts the mid-p-value McNemar test to compare the accuracies.```

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````h = compareHoldout(C1,C2,X1,X2,Y)` returns the test decision from testing the null hypothesis that the trained classification models `C1` and `C2` have equal accuracy for predicting the true class labels `Y`. The alternative hypothesis is that the labels have unequal accuracy.The first classification model `C1` uses the predictor data `X1`, and the second classification model `C2` uses the predictor data `X2`. By default, the software conducts the mid-p-value McNemar test to compare the accuracies.```

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````h = compareHoldout(___,Name,Value)` specifies options using one or more name-value pair arguments in addition to the input argument combinations in previous syntaxes. For example, you can specify the type of alternative hypothesis, specify the type of test, and supply a cost matrix.```

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``````[h,p,e1,e2] = compareHoldout(___)``` returns the p-value for the hypothesis test (`p`) and the respective classification losses of each set of predicted class labels (`e1` and `e2`) using any of the input arguments in the previous syntaxes.```

## Examples

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Train two k-nearest neighbor classifiers, one using a subset of the predictors used for the other. Conduct a statistical test comparing the accuracies of the two models on a test set.

Load the `carsmall` data set.

`load carsmall`

Create two tables of input data, where the second table excludes the predictor `Acceleration`. Specify `Model_Year` as the response variable.

```T1 = table(Acceleration,Displacement,Horsepower,MPG,Model_Year); T2 = T1(:,2:end);```

Create a partition that splits the data into training and test sets. Keep 30% of the data for testing.

```rng(1) % For reproducibility CVP = cvpartition(Model_Year,'holdout',0.3); idxTrain = training(CVP); % Training-set indices idxTest = test(CVP); % Test-set indices```

`CVP` is a cross-validation partition object that specifies the training and test sets.

Train the ClassificationKNN models using the `T1` and `T2` data.

```C1 = fitcknn(T1(idxTrain,:),'Model_Year'); C2 = fitcknn(T2(idxTrain,:),'Model_Year');```

`C1` and `C2` are trained `ClassificationKNN` models.

Test whether the two models have equal predictive accuracies on the test set.

`h = compareHoldout(C1,C2,T1(idxTest,:),T2(idxTest,:),'Model_Year')`
```h = logical 0 ```

`h = 0` indicates to not reject the null hypothesis that the two models have equal predictive accuracies.

Train two classification models using different algorithms. Conduct a statistical test comparing the misclassification rates of the two models on a test set.

Load the `ionosphere` data set.

`load ionosphere`

Create a partition that evenly splits the data into training and test sets.

```rng(1) % For reproducibility CVP = cvpartition(Y,'holdout',0.5); idxTrain = training(CVP); % Training-set indices idxTest = test(CVP); % Test-set indices```

`CVP` is a cross-validation partition object that specifies the training and test sets.

Train an SVM model and an ensemble of 100 bagged classification trees. For the SVM model, specify to use the radial basis function kernel and a heuristic procedure to determine the kernel scale.

```C1 = fitcsvm(X(idxTrain,:),Y(idxTrain),'Standardize',true, ... 'KernelFunction','RBF','KernelScale','auto'); t = templateTree('Reproducible',true); % For reproducibility of random predictor selections C2 = fitcensemble(X(idxTrain,:),Y(idxTrain),'Method','Bag', ... 'Learners',t);```

`C1` is a trained `ClassificationSVM` model. `C2` is a trained `ClassificationBaggedEnsemble` model.

Test whether the two models have equal predictive accuracies. Use the same test-set predictor data for each model.

`h = compareHoldout(C1,C2,X(idxTest,:),X(idxTest,:),Y(idxTest))`
```h = logical 0 ```

`h = 0` indicates to not reject the null hypothesis that the two models have equal predictive accuracies.

Train two classification models using the same algorithm, but adjust a hyperparameter to make the algorithm more complex. Conduct a statistical test to assess whether the simpler model has better accuracy on test data than the more complex model.

Load the `ionosphere` data set.

`load ionosphere;`

Create a partition that evenly splits the data into training and test sets.

```rng(1); % For reproducibility CVP = cvpartition(Y,'holdout',0.5); idxTrain = training(CVP); % Training-set indices idxTest = test(CVP); % Test-set indices```

`CVP` is a cross-validation partition object that specifies the training and test sets.

Train two SVM models: one that uses a linear kernel (the default for binary classification) and one that uses the radial basis function kernel. Use the default kernel scale of 1.

```C1 = fitcsvm(X(idxTrain,:),Y(idxTrain),'Standardize',true); C2 = fitcsvm(X(idxTrain,:),Y(idxTrain),'Standardize',true,... 'KernelFunction','RBF');```

`C1` and `C2` are trained `ClassificationSVM` models.

Test the null hypothesis that the simpler model (`C1`) is at most as accurate as the more complex model (`C2`). Because the test-set size is large, conduct the asymptotic McNemar test, and compare the results with the mid-p-value test (the cost-insensitive testing default). Request to return p-values and misclassification rates.

```Asymp = zeros(4,1); % Preallocation MidP = zeros(4,1); [Asymp(1),Asymp(2),Asymp(3),Asymp(4)] = compareHoldout(C1,C2,... X(idxTest,:),X(idxTest,:),Y(idxTest),'Alternative','greater',... 'Test','asymptotic'); [MidP(1),MidP(2),MidP(3),MidP(4)] = compareHoldout(C1,C2,... X(idxTest,:),X(idxTest,:),Y(idxTest),'Alternative','greater'); table(Asymp,MidP,'RowNames',{'h' 'p' 'e1' 'e2'})```
```ans=4×2 table Asymp MidP __________ __________ h 1 1 p 7.2801e-09 2.7649e-10 e1 0.13714 0.13714 e2 0.33143 0.33143 ```

The p-value is close to zero for both tests, providing strong evidence to reject the null hypothesis that the simpler model is less accurate than the more complex model. No matter what test you specify, `compareHoldout` returns the same type of misclassification measure for both models.

For data sets with imbalanced class representations, or for data sets with imbalanced false-positive and false-negative costs, you can statistically compare the predictive performance of two classification models by including a cost matrix in the analysis.

Load the `arrhythmia` data set. Determine the class representations in the data.

```load arrhythmia; Y = categorical(Y); tabulate(Y);```
``` Value Count Percent 1 245 54.20% 2 44 9.73% 3 15 3.32% 4 15 3.32% 5 13 2.88% 6 25 5.53% 7 3 0.66% 8 2 0.44% 9 9 1.99% 10 50 11.06% 14 4 0.88% 15 5 1.11% 16 22 4.87% ```

There are 16 classes, however some are not represented in the data set (for example, class 13). Most observations are classified as not having arrhythmia (class 1). The data set is highly discrete with imbalanced classes.

Combine all observations with arrhythmia (classes 2 through 15) into one class. Remove those observations with unknown arrhythmia status (class 16) from the data set.

```idx = (Y ~= '16'); Y = Y(idx); X = X(idx,:); Y(Y ~= '1') = 'WithArrhythmia'; Y(Y == '1') = 'NoArrhythmia'; Y = removecats(Y);```

Create a partition that evenly splits the data into training and test sets.

```rng(1); % For reproducibility CVP = cvpartition(Y,'holdout',0.5); idxTrain = training(CVP); % Training-set indices idxTest = test(CVP); % Test-set indices```

`CVP` is a cross-validation partition object that specifies the training and test sets.

Create a cost matrix such that misclassifying a patient with arrhythmia into the "no arrhythmia" class is five times worse than misclassifying a patient without arrhythmia into the arrhythmia class. Classifying correctly incurs no cost. The rows indicate the true class and the columns indicate the predicted class. When you conduct a cost-sensitive analysis, a good practice is to specify the order of the classes.

```cost = [0 1;5 0]; ClassNames = {'NoArrhythmia','WithArrhythmia'};```

Train two boosting ensembles of 50 classification trees, one that uses AdaBoostM1 and another that uses LogitBoost. Because the data set contains missing values, specify to use surrogate splits. Train the models using the cost matrix.

```t = templateTree('Surrogate','on'); numTrees = 50; C1 = fitcensemble(X(idxTrain,:),Y(idxTrain),'Method','AdaBoostM1', ... 'NumLearningCycles',numTrees,'Learners',t, ... 'Cost',cost,'ClassNames',ClassNames); C2 = fitcensemble(X(idxTrain,:),Y(idxTrain),'Method','LogitBoost', ... 'NumLearningCycles',numTrees,'Learners',t, ... 'Cost',cost,'ClassNames',ClassNames);```

`C1` and `C2` are trained `ClassificationEnsemble` models.

Test whether the AdaBoostM1 ensemble (`C1`) and the LogitBoost ensemble (`C2`) have equal predictive accuracy. Supply the cost matrix. Conduct the asymptotic, likelihood ratio, cost-sensitive test (the default when you pass in a cost matrix). Request to return p-values and misclassification costs.

```[h,p,e1,e2] = compareHoldout(C1,C2,X(idxTest,:),X(idxTest,:),Y(idxTest),... 'Cost',cost)```
```h = logical 0 ```
```p = 0.2094 ```
```e1 = 0.5953 ```
```e2 = 0.4698 ```

`h = 0` indicates to not reject the null hypothesis that the two models have equal predictive accuracies.

Reduce classification model complexity by selecting a subset of predictor variables (features) from a larger set. Then, statistically compare the out-of-sample accuracy between the two models.

Load the `ionosphere` data set.

`load ionosphere;`

Create a partition that evenly splits the data into training and test sets.

```rng(1); % For reproducibility CVP = cvpartition(Y,'holdout',0.5); idxTrain = training(CVP); % Training-set indices idxTest = test(CVP); % Test-set indices```

`CVP` is a cross-validation partition object that specifies the training and test sets.

Train an ensemble of 100 boosted classification trees using AdaBoostM1 and the entire set of predictors. Inspect the importance measure for each predictor.

```t = templateTree('MaxNumSplits',1); % Weak-learner template tree object C2 = fitcensemble(X(idxTrain,:),Y(idxTrain),'Method','AdaBoostM1',... 'Learners',t); predImp = predictorImportance(C2); figure; bar(predImp); h = gca; h.XTick = 1:2:h.XLim(2)```
```h = Axes with properties: XLim: [-0.2000 35.2000] YLim: [0 0.0090] XScale: 'linear' YScale: 'linear' GridLineStyle: '-' Position: [0.1300 0.1100 0.7750 0.8150] Units: 'normalized' Show all properties ```
```title('Predictor Importance'); xlabel('Predictor'); ylabel('Importance measure');``` Identify the top five predictors in terms of their importance.

```[~,idxSort] = sort(predImp,'descend'); idx5 = idxSort(1:5);```

Train another ensemble of 100 boosted classification trees using AdaBoostM1 and the five predictors with the greatest importance.

```C1 = fitcensemble(X(idxTrain,idx5),Y(idxTrain),'Method','AdaBoostM1',... 'Learners',t);```

Test whether the two models have equal predictive accuracies. Specify the reduced test-set predictor data for `C1` and the full test-set predictor data for `C2`.

`[h,p,e1,e2] = compareHoldout(C1,C2,X(idxTest,idx5),X(idxTest,:),Y(idxTest))`
```h = logical 0 ```
```p = 0.7744 ```
```e1 = 0.0914 ```
```e2 = 0.0857 ```

`h = 0` indicates to not reject the null hypothesis that the two models have equal predictive accuracies. This result favors the simpler ensemble, `C1`.

## Input Arguments

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Second trained classification model, specified as any trained classification model object or compact classification model object that is a valid choice for `C1`.

Test-set predictor data for the first classification model, `C1`, specified as a table. Each row of `T1` corresponds to one observation, and each column corresponds to one predictor variable. Optionally, `T1` can contain an additional column for the response variable. `T1` must contain all the predictors used to train `C1`. Multicolumn variables and cell arrays other than cell arrays of character vectors are not allowed.

`T1` and `T2` must have the same number of rows and the same response values. If `T1` and `T2` contain the response variable used to train `C1` and `C2`, then you do not need to specify `ResponseVarName` or `Y`.

Data Types: `table`

Test-set predictor data for the second classification model, `C2`, specified as a table. Each row of `T2` corresponds to one observation, and each column corresponds to one predictor variable. Optionally, `T2` can contain an additional column for the response variable. `T2` must contain all the predictors used to train `C2`. Multicolumn variables and cell arrays other than cell arrays of character vectors are not allowed.

`T1` and `T2` must have the same number of rows and the same response values. If `T1` and `T2` contain the response variable used to train `C1` and `C2`, then you do not need to specify `ResponseVarName` or `Y`.

Data Types: `table`

Test-set predictor data for the first classification model, `C1`, specified as a numeric matrix.

Each row of `X1` corresponds to one observation (also known as an instance or example), and each column corresponds to one variable (also known as a predictor or feature). The variables used to train `C1` must compose `X1`.

The number of rows in `X1` and `X2` must equal the number of rows in `Y`.

Data Types: `double` | `single`

Test-set predictor data for the second classification model, `C2`, specified as a numeric matrix.

Each row of `X2` corresponds to one observation (also known as an instance or example), and each column corresponds to one variable (also known as a predictor or feature). The variables used to train `C2` must compose `X2`.

The number of rows in `X2` and `X1` must equal the number of rows in `Y`.

Data Types: `double` | `single`

Response variable name, specified as the name of a variable in `T1` and `T2`. If `T1` and `T2` contain the response variable used to train `C1` and `C2`, then you do not need to specify `ResponseVarName`.

You must specify `ResponseVarName` as a character vector or string scalar. For example, if the response variable is stored as `T1.Response`, then specify it as `'Response'`. Otherwise, the software treats all columns of `T1` and `T2`, including `Response`, as predictors.

The response variable must be a categorical, character, or string array, logical or numeric vector, or cell array of character vectors. If the response variable is a character array, then each element must correspond to one row of the array.

Data Types: `char` | `string`

True class labels, specified as a categorical, character, or string array, logical or numeric vector, or cell array of character vectors.

When you specify `Y`, `compareHoldout` treats all variables in the matrices `X1` and `X2` or the tables `T1` and `T2` as predictor variables.

If `Y` is a character array, then each element must correspond to one row of the array.

The number of rows in the predictor data must equal the number of rows in `Y`.

Data Types: `categorical` | `char` | `string` | `logical` | `single` | `double` | `cell`

### Note

`NaN`s, `<undefined>` values, empty character vectors (`''`), empty strings (`""`), and `<missing>` values indicate missing values. `compareHoldout` removes missing values in `Y` and the corresponding rows of `X1` and `X2`. Additionally, `compareHoldout` predicts classes whether `X1` and `X2` have missing observations.

### Name-Value Pair Arguments

Specify optional comma-separated pairs of `Name,Value` arguments. `Name` is the argument name and `Value` is the corresponding value. `Name` must appear inside quotes. You can specify several name and value pair arguments in any order as `Name1,Value1,...,NameN,ValueN`.

Example: ```compareHoldout(C1,C2,X1,X2,Y,'Alternative','greater','Test','asymptotic','Cost',[0 2;1 0])``` tests whether the first set of predicted class labels is more accurate than the second set, conducts the asymptotic McNemar test, and penalizes misclassifying observations with the true label `ClassNames{1}` twice as much as misclassifying observations with the true label `ClassNames{2}`.

Hypothesis test significance level, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of `'Alpha'` and a scalar value in the interval (0,1).

Example: `'Alpha',0.1`

Data Types: `single` | `double`

Alternative hypothesis to assess, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of `'Alternative'` and one of the values listed in this table.

ValueAlternative Hypothesis
`'unequal'` (default)For predicting `Y`, the set of predictions resulting from `C1` applied to `X1` and `C2` applied to `X2` have unequal accuracies.
`'greater'`For predicting `Y`, the set of predictions resulting from `C1` applied to `X1` is more accurate than `C2` applied to `X2`.
`'less'`For predicting `Y`, the set of predictions resulting from `C1` applied to `X1` is less accurate than `C2` applied to `X2`.

Example: `'Alternative','greater'`

Class names, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of `'ClassNames'` and a categorical, character, or string array, logical or numeric vector, or cell array of character vectors. You must set `ClassNames` using the data type of `Y`.

If `ClassNames` is a character array, then each element must correspond to one row of the array.

Use `ClassNames` to:

• Specify the order of any input argument dimension that corresponds to class order. For example, use `ClassNames` to specify the order of the dimensions of `Cost`.

• Select a subset of classes for testing. For example, suppose that the set of all distinct class names in `Y` is `{'a','b','c'}`. To train and test models using observations from classes `'a'` and `'c'` only, specify `'ClassNames',{'a','c'}`.

The default is the set of all distinct class names in `Y`.

Example: `'ClassNames',{'b','g'}`

Data Types: `categorical` | `char` | `string` | `logical` | `single` | `double` | `cell`

Misclassification cost, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of `'Cost'` and a square matrix or structure array.

• If you specify the square matrix `Cost`, then `Cost(i,j)` is the cost of classifying a point into class `j` if its true class is `i`. That is, the rows correspond to the true class and the columns correspond to the predicted class. To specify the class order for the corresponding rows and columns of `Cost`, additionally specify the `ClassNames` name-value pair argument.

• If you specify the structure `S`, then `S` must have two fields:

• `S.ClassNames`, which contains the class names as a variable of the same data type as `Y`. You can use this field to specify the order of the classes.

• `S.ClassificationCosts`, which contains the cost matrix, with rows and columns ordered as in `S.ClassNames`.

If you specify `Cost`, then `compareHoldout` cannot conduct one-sided, exact, or mid-p tests. You must also specify `'Alternative','unequal','Test','asymptotic'`. For cost-sensitive testing options, see the `CostTest` name-value pair argument.

A best practice is to supply the same cost matrix used to train the classification models.

The default is `Cost(i,j) = 1` if ```i ~= j```, and `Cost(i,j) = 0` if ```i = j```.

Example: `'Cost',[0 1 2 ; 1 0 2; 2 2 0]`

Data Types: `single` | `double` | `struct`

Cost-sensitive test type, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of `'CostTest'` and `'chisquare'` or `'likelihood'`. If you do not specify a cost matrix using the `Cost` name-value pair argument, `compareHoldout` ignores `CostTest`.

This table summarizes the available options for cost-sensitive testing.

ValueAsymptotic Test TypeRequirements
`'chisquare'`Chi-square testOptimization Toolbox to implement `quadprog`
`'likelihood'`Likelihood ratio testNone

For more details, see Cost-Sensitive Testing.

Example: `'CostTest','chisquare'`

Test to conduct, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of `'Test'` and `'asymptotic'`, `'exact'`, or `'midp'`.

This table summarizes the available options for cost-insensitive testing.

ValueDescription
`'asymptotic'`Asymptotic McNemar test
`'exact'`Exact-conditional McNemar test
`'midp'` (default)Mid-p-value McNemar test

For more details, see McNemar Tests.

For cost-sensitive testing, `Test` must be `'asymptotic'`. When you specify the `Cost` name-value pair argument and choose a cost-sensitive test using the `CostTest` name-value pair argument, `'asymptotic'` is the default.

Example: `'Test','asymptotic'`

## Output Arguments

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Hypothesis test result, returned as a logical value.

`h = 1` indicates the rejection of the null hypothesis at the `Alpha` significance level.

`h = 0` indicates failure to reject the null hypothesis at the `Alpha` significance level.

Data Types: `logical`

p-value of the test, returned as a scalar in the interval [0,1]. `p` is the probability that a random test statistic is at least as extreme as the observed test statistic, given that the null hypothesis is true.

`compareHoldout` estimates `p` using the distribution of the test statistic, which varies with the type of test. For details on test statistics derived from the available variants of the McNemar test, see McNemar Tests. For details on test statistics derived from cost-sensitive tests, see Cost-Sensitive Testing.

Data Types: `double`

Classification loss, returned as a numeric scalar. `e1` summarizes the accuracy of the first set of class labels predicting the true class labels (`Y`). `compareHoldout` applies the first test-set predictor data (`X1`) to the first classification model (`C1`) to estimate the first set of class labels. Then, the function compares the estimated labels to `Y` to obtain the classification loss.

For cost-insensitive testing, `e1` is the misclassification rate. That is, `e1` is the proportion of misclassified observations, which is a scalar in the interval [0,1].

For cost-sensitive testing, `e1` is the misclassification cost. That is, `e1` is the weighted average of the misclassification costs, in which the weights are the respective estimated proportions of misclassified observations.

For more information, see Classification Loss.

Data Types: `double`

Classification loss, returned as a numeric scalar. `e2` summarizes the accuracy of the second set of class labels predicting the true class labels (`Y`). `compareHoldout` applies the second test-set predictor data (`X2`) to the second classification model (`C2`) to estimate the second set of class labels. Then, the function compares the estimated labels to `Y` to obtain the classification loss.

For cost-insensitive testing, `e2` is the misclassification rate. That is, `e2` is the proportion of misclassified observations, which is a scalar in the interval [0,1].

For cost-sensitive testing, `e2` is the misclassification cost. That is, `e2` is the weighted average of the misclassification costs, in which the weights are the respective estimated proportions of misclassified observations.

For more information, see Classification Loss.

Data Types: `double`

## More About

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### Cost-Sensitive Testing

Conduct cost-sensitive testing when the cost of misclassification is imbalanced. By conducting a cost-sensitive analysis, you can account for the cost imbalance when you train the classification models and when you statistically compare them.

If the cost of misclassification is imbalanced, then the misclassification rate tends to be a poorly performing classification loss. Use misclassification cost instead to compare classification models.

Misclassification costs are often imbalanced in applications. For example, consider classifying subjects based on a set of predictors into two categories: healthy and sick. Misclassifying a sick subject as healthy poses a danger to the subject's life. However, misclassifying a healthy subject as sick typically causes some inconvenience, but does not pose significant danger. In this situation, you assign misclassification costs such that misclassifying a sick subject as healthy is more costly than misclassifying a healthy subject as sick.

The definitions that follow summarize the cost-sensitive tests. In the definitions:

• nijk and ${\stackrel{^}{\pi }}_{ijk}$ are the number and estimated proportion of test-sample observations with the following characteristics. k is the true class, i is the label assigned by the first classification model, and j is the label assigned by the second classification model. The unknown true value of ${\stackrel{^}{\pi }}_{ijk}$ is πijk. The test-set sample size is $\sum _{i,j,k}{n}_{ijk}={n}_{test}.$ Additionally, $\sum _{i,j,k}{\pi }_{ijk}=\sum _{i,j,k}{\stackrel{^}{\pi }}_{ijk}=1.$

• cij is the relative cost of assigning label j to an observation with true class i. cii = 0, cij ≥ 0, and, for at least one (i,j) pair, cij > 0.

• All subscripts take on integer values from 1 through K, which is the number of classes.

• The expected difference in the misclassification costs of the two classification models is

`$\delta =\sum _{i=1}^{K}\sum _{j=1}^{K}\sum _{k=1}^{K}\left({c}_{ki}-{c}_{kj}\right){\pi }_{ijk}.$`

• The hypothesis test is

`$\begin{array}{c}{H}_{0}:\delta =0\\ {H}_{1}:\delta \ne 0\end{array}.$`

The available cost-sensitive tests are appropriate for two-tailed testing.

Available asymptotic tests that address imbalanced costs are a chi-square test and a likelihood ratio test.

• Chi-square test — The chi-square test statistic is based on the Pearson and Neyman chi-square test statistics, but with a Laplace correction factor to account for any nijk = 0. The test statistic is

`${t}_{{\chi }^{2}}^{\ast }=\sum _{i\ne j}\sum _{k}\frac{{\left({n}_{ijk}+1-\left({n}_{test}+{K}^{3}\right){\stackrel{^}{\pi }}_{ijk}^{\left(1\right)}\right)}^{2}}{{n}_{ijk}+1}.$`

If $1-{F}_{{\chi }^{2}}\left({t}_{{\chi }^{2}}^{\ast };1\right)<\alpha$, then reject H0.

• ${\stackrel{^}{\pi }}_{ijk}^{\left(1\right)}$ are estimated by minimizing ${t}_{{\chi }^{2}}^{\ast }$ under the constraint that δ = 0.

• ${F}_{{\chi }^{2}}\left(x;1\right)$ is the χ2 cdf with one degree of freedom evaluated at x.

• Likelihood ratio test — The likelihood ratio test is based on Nijk, which are binomial random variables with sample size ntest and success probability πijk. The random variables represent the random number of observations with: true class k, label i assigned by the first classification model, and label j assigned by the second classification model. Jointly, the distribution of the random variables is multinomial.

The test statistic is

`${t}_{LRT}^{\ast }=2\mathrm{log}\left[\frac{P\left(\underset{i,j,k}{\cap }{N}_{ijk}={n}_{ijk};{n}_{test},{\stackrel{^}{\pi }}_{ijk}={\stackrel{^}{\pi }}_{ijk}^{\left(2\right)}\right)}{P\left(\underset{i,j,k}{\cap }{N}_{ijk}={n}_{ijk};{n}_{test},{\stackrel{^}{\pi }}_{ijk}={\stackrel{^}{\pi }}_{ijk}^{\left(3\right)}\right)}\right].$`

If $1-{F}_{{\chi }^{2}}\left({t}_{LRT}^{\ast };1\right)<\alpha ,$ then reject H0.

• ${\stackrel{^}{\pi }}_{ijk}^{\left(2\right)}=\frac{{n}_{ijk}}{{n}_{test}}$ is the unrestricted MLE of πijk.

• ${\stackrel{^}{\pi }}_{ijk}^{\left(3\right)}=\frac{{n}_{ijk}}{{n}_{test}+\lambda \left({c}_{ki}-{c}_{kj}\right)}$ is the MLE under the null hypothesis that δ = 0. λ is the solution to

`$\sum _{i,j,k}\frac{{n}_{ijk}\left({c}_{ki}-{c}_{kj}\right)}{{n}_{test}+\lambda \left({c}_{ki}-{c}_{kj}\right)}=0.$`

• ${F}_{{\chi }^{2}}\left(x;1\right)$ is the χ2 cdf with one degree of freedom evaluated at x.

### McNemar Tests

McNemar Tests are hypothesis tests that compare two population proportions while addressing the issues resulting from two dependent, matched-pair samples.

One way to compare the predictive accuracies of two classification models is:

1. Partition the data into training and test sets.

2. Train both classification models using the training set.

3. Predict class labels using the test set.

4. Summarize the results in a two-by-two table similar to this figure. nii are the number of concordant pairs, that is, the number of observations that both models classify the same way (correctly or incorrectly). nij, ij, are the number of discordant pairs, that is, the number of observations that models classify differently (correctly or incorrectly).

The misclassification rates for Models 1 and 2 are ${\stackrel{^}{\pi }}_{2•}={n}_{2•}/n$ and ${\stackrel{^}{\pi }}_{•2}={n}_{•2}/n$, respectively. A two-sided test for comparing the accuracy of the two models is

`$\begin{array}{c}{H}_{0}:{\pi }_{•2}={\pi }_{2•}\\ {H}_{1}:{\pi }_{•2}\ne {\pi }_{2•}\end{array}.$`

The null hypothesis suggests that the population exhibits marginal homogeneity, which reduces the null hypothesis to ${H}_{0}:{\pi }_{12}={\pi }_{21}.$ Also, under the null hypothesis, N12 ~ Binomial(n12 + n21,0.5) .

These facts are the basis for the available McNemar test variants: the asymptotic, exact-conditional, and mid-p-value McNemar tests. The definitions that follow summarize the available variants.

• Asymptotic — The asymptotic McNemar test statistics and rejection regions (for significance level α) are:

• For one-sided tests, the test statistic is

`${t}_{a1}^{\ast }=\frac{{n}_{12}-{n}_{21}}{\sqrt{{n}_{12}+{n}_{21}}}.$`

If $1-\Phi \left(|{t}_{1}^{\ast }|\right)<\alpha ,$ where Φ is the standard Gaussian cdf, then reject H0.

• For two-sided tests, the test statistic is

`${t}_{a2}^{\ast }=\frac{{\left({n}_{12}-{n}_{21}\right)}^{2}}{{n}_{12}+{n}_{21}}.$`

If $1-{F}_{{\chi }^{2}}\left({t}_{2}^{\ast };m\right)<\alpha$, where ${F}_{{\chi }^{2}}\left(x;m\right)$ is the χm2 cdf evaluated at x, then reject H0.

The asymptotic test requires large-sample theory, specifically, the Gaussian approximation to the binomial distribution.

• The total number of discordant pairs, ${n}_{d}={n}_{12}+{n}_{21}$, must be greater than 10 (, Ch. 10.1.4).

• In general, asymptotic tests do not guarantee nominal coverage. The observed probability of falsely rejecting the null hypothesis can exceed α, as suggested in simulation studies in . However, the asymptotic McNemar test performs well in terms of statistical power.

• Exact-Conditional — The exact-conditional McNemar test statistics and rejection regions (for significance level α) are (, ):

• For one-sided tests, the test statistic is

`${t}_{1}^{\ast }={n}_{12}.$`

If ${F}_{\text{Bin}}\left({t}_{1}^{\ast };{n}_{d},0.5\right)<\alpha$, where ${F}_{\text{Bin}}\left(x;n,p\right)$ is the binomial cdf with sample size n and success probability p evaluated at x, then reject H0.

• For two-sided tests, the test statistic is

`${t}_{2}^{\ast }=\mathrm{min}\left({n}_{12},{n}_{21}\right).$`

If ${F}_{\text{Bin}}\left({t}_{2}^{\ast };{n}_{d},0.5\right)<\alpha /2$, then reject H0.

The exact-conditional test always attains nominal coverage. Simulation studies in  suggest that the test is conservative, and then show that the test lacks statistical power compared to other variants. For small or highly discrete test samples, consider using the mid-p-value test (, Ch. 3.6.3).

• Mid-p-value test — The mid-p-value McNemar test statistics and rejection regions (for significance level α) are ():

• For one-sided tests, the test statistic is

`${t}_{1}^{\ast }={n}_{12}.$`

If ${F}_{\text{Bin}}\left({t}_{1}^{\ast }-1;{n}_{12}+{n}_{21},0.5\right)+0.5{f}_{\text{Bin}}\left({t}_{1}^{\ast };{n}_{12}+{n}_{21},0.5\right)<\alpha$, where ${F}_{\text{Bin}}\left(x;n,p\right)$ and ${f}_{\text{Bin}}\left(x;n,p\right)$ are the binomial cdf and pdf, respectively, with sample size n and success probability p evaluated at x, then reject H0.

• For two-sided tests, the test statistic is

`${t}_{2}^{\ast }=\mathrm{min}\left({n}_{12},{n}_{21}\right).$`

If ${F}_{\text{Bin}}\left({t}_{2}^{\ast }-1;{n}_{12}+{n}_{21}-1,0.5\right)+0.5{f}_{\text{Bin}}\left({t}_{2}^{\ast };{n}_{12}+{n}_{21},0.5\right)<\alpha /2$, then reject H0.

The mid-p-value test addresses the over-conservative behavior of the exact-conditional test. The simulation studies in  demonstrate that this test attains nominal coverage, and has good statistical power.

### Classification Loss

Classification losses indicate the accuracy of a classification model or set of predicted labels. Two classification losses are the misclassification rate and cost.

`compareHoldout` returns the classification losses (see `e1` and `e2`) under the alternative hypothesis (that is, the unrestricted classification losses). nijk is the number of test-sample observations with: true class k, label i assigned by the first classification model, and label j assigned by the second classification model. The corresponding estimated proportion is ${\stackrel{^}{\pi }}_{ijk}=\frac{{n}_{ijk}}{{n}_{test}}.$ The test-set sample size is $\sum _{i,j,k}{n}_{ijk}={n}_{test}.$ The indices are taken from 1 through K, the number of classes.

• The misclassification rate, or classification error, is a scalar in the interval [0,1] representing the proportion of misclassified observations. That is, the misclassification rate for the first classification model is

`${e}_{1}=\sum _{j=1}^{K}\sum _{k=1}^{K}\sum _{i\ne k}^{}{\stackrel{^}{\pi }}_{ijk}.$`

For the misclassification rate of the second classification model (e2), switch the indices i and j in the formula.

Classification accuracy decreases as the misclassification rate increases to 1.

• The misclassification cost is a nonnegative scalar that is a measure of classification quality relative to the values of the specified cost matrix. Its interpretation depends on the specified costs of misclassification. The misclassification cost is the weighted average of the costs of misclassification (specified in a cost matrix, C) in which the weights are the respective estimated proportions of misclassified observations. The misclassification cost for the first classification model is

`${e}_{1}=\sum _{j=1}^{K}\sum _{k=1}^{K}\sum _{i\ne k}^{}{\stackrel{^}{\pi }}_{ijk}{c}_{ki},$`

where ckj is the cost of classifying an observation into class j if its true class is k. For the misclassification cost of the second classification model (e2), switch the indices i and j in the formula.

In general, for a fixed cost matrix, classification accuracy decreases as the misclassification cost increases.

## Tips

• One way to perform cost-insensitive feature selection is:

1. Train the first classification model (`C1`) using the full predictor set.

2. Train the second classification model (`C2`) using the reduced predictor set.

3. Specify `X1` as the full test-set predictor data and `X2` as the reduced test-set predictor data.

4. Enter `compareHoldout(C1,C2,X1,X2,Y,'Alternative','less')`. If `compareHoldout` returns `1`, then there is enough evidence to suggest that the classification model that uses fewer predictors performs better than the model that uses the full predictor set.

Alternatively, you can assess whether there is a significant difference between the accuracies of the two models. To perform this assessment, remove the `'Alternative','less'` specification in step 4. `compareHoldout` conducts a two-sided test, and `h = 0` indicates that there is not enough evidence to suggest a difference in the accuracy of the two models.

• Cost-sensitive tests perform numerical optimization, which requires additional computational resources. The likelihood ratio test conducts numerical optimization indirectly by finding the root of a Lagrange multiplier in an interval. For some data sets, if the root lies close to the boundaries of the interval, then the method can fail. Therefore, if you have an Optimization Toolbox license, consider conducting the cost-sensitive chi-square test instead. For more details, see `CostTest` and Cost-Sensitive Testing.

## Alternative Functionality

To directly compare the accuracy of two sets of class labels in predicting a set of true class labels, use `testcholdout`.

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