Classification edge for cross-validated ECOC model

returns the classification edge
obtained by the cross-validated ECOC model (`edge`

= kfoldEdge(`CVMdl`

)`ClassificationPartitionedECOC`

) `CVMdl`

. For every
fold, `kfoldEdge`

computes the classification edge for
validation-fold observations using an ECOC model trained on training-fold
observations. `CVMdl.X`

contains both sets of observations.

returns the classification edge with additional options specified by one or more
name-value pair arguments. For example, specify the number of folds, decoding
scheme, or verbosity level.`edge`

= kfoldEdge(`CVMdl`

,`Name,Value`

)

Load Fisher's iris data set. Specify the predictor data `X`

, the response data `Y`

, and the order of the classes in `Y`

.

load fisheriris X = meas; Y = categorical(species); classOrder = unique(Y); rng(1); % For reproducibility

Train and cross-validate an ECOC model using support vector machine (SVM) binary classifiers. Standardize the predictor data using an SVM template, and specify the class order.

t = templateSVM('Standardize',1); CVMdl = fitcecoc(X,Y,'CrossVal','on','Learners',t,'ClassNames',classOrder);

`CVMdl`

is a `ClassificationPartitionedECOC`

model. By default, the software implements 10-fold cross-validation. You can specify a different number of folds using the `'KFold'`

name-value pair argument.

Estimate the average of the edges.

edge = kfoldEdge(CVMdl)

edge = 0.4825

Alternatively, you can obtain the per-fold edges by specifying the name-value pair `'Mode','individual'`

in `kfoldEdge`

.

The classification edge is a relative measure of classifier quality. To determine which folds perform poorly, display the edges for each fold.

Load Fisher's iris data set. Specify the predictor data `X`

, the response data `Y`

, and the order of the classes in `Y`

.

load fisheriris X = meas; Y = categorical(species); classOrder = unique(Y); rng(1); % For reproducibility

Train an ECOC model using SVM binary classifiers. Use 8-fold cross-validation, standardize the predictors using an SVM template, and specify the class order.

t = templateSVM('Standardize',1); CVMdl = fitcecoc(X,Y,'KFold',8,'Learners',t,'ClassNames',classOrder);

Estimate the classification edge for each fold.

edges = kfoldEdge(CVMdl,'Mode','individual')

`edges = `*8×1*
0.4792
0.4872
0.4260
0.5301
0.5064
0.4575
0.4860
0.4687

The edges have similar magnitudes across folds. Folds that perform poorly have small edges relative to the other folds.

To return the average classification edge across the folds that perform well, specify the `'Folds'`

name-value pair argument.

The classifier edge measures the average of the classifier margins. One way to perform feature selection is to compare cross-validation edges from multiple models. Based solely on this criterion, the classifier with the greatest edge is the best classifier.

Load Fisher's iris data set. Specify the predictor data `X`

, the response data `Y`

, and the order of the classes in `Y`

.

load fisheriris X = meas; Y = categorical(species); classOrder = unique(Y); % Class order rng(1); % For reproducibility

Define the following two data sets.

`fullX`

contains all the predictors.`partX`

contains the petal dimensions.

fullX = X; partX = X(:,3:4);

For each predictor set, train and cross-validate an ECOC model using SVM binary classifiers. Standardize the predictors using an SVM template, and specify the class order.

t = templateSVM('Standardize',1); CVMdl = fitcecoc(fullX,Y,'CrossVal','on','Learners',t,... 'ClassNames',classOrder); PCVMdl = fitcecoc(partX,Y,'CrossVal','on','Learners',t,... 'ClassNames',classOrder);

`CVMdl`

and `PCVMdl`

are `ClassificationPartitionedECOC`

models. By default, the software implements 10-fold cross-validation.

Estimate the edge for each classifier.

fullEdge = kfoldEdge(CVMdl)

fullEdge = 0.4825

partEdge = kfoldEdge(PCVMdl)

partEdge = 0.4951

The two models have comparable edges.

`CVMdl`

— Cross-validated ECOC model`ClassificationPartitionedECOC`

modelCross-validated ECOC model, specified as a `ClassificationPartitionedECOC`

model. You can create a
`ClassificationPartitionedECOC`

model in two ways:

Pass a trained ECOC model (

`ClassificationECOC`

) to`crossval`

.Train an ECOC model using

`fitcecoc`

and specify any one of these cross-validation name-value pair arguments:`'CrossVal'`

,`'CVPartition'`

,`'Holdout'`

,`'KFold'`

, or`'Leaveout'`

.

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`

.

`kfoldEdge(CVMdl,'BinaryLoss','hinge')`

specifies
`'hinge'`

as the binary learner loss function.`'BinaryLoss'`

— Binary learner loss function`'hamming'`

| `'linear'`

| `'logit'`

| `'exponential'`

| `'binodeviance'`

| `'hinge'`

| `'quadratic'`

| function handleBinary learner loss function, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of
`'BinaryLoss'`

and a built-in loss function name or function handle.

This table describes the built-in functions, where

*y*is a class label for a particular binary learner (in the set {–1,1,0}),_{j}*s*is the score for observation_{j}*j*, and*g*(*y*,_{j}*s*) is the binary loss formula._{j}Value Description Score Domain *g*(*y*,_{j}*s*)_{j}`'binodeviance'`

Binomial deviance (–∞,∞) log[1 + exp(–2 *y*)]/[2log(2)]_{j}s_{j}`'exponential'`

Exponential (–∞,∞) exp(– *y*)/2_{j}s_{j}`'hamming'`

Hamming [0,1] or (–∞,∞) [1 – sign( *y*)]/2_{j}s_{j}`'hinge'`

Hinge (–∞,∞) max(0,1 – *y*)/2_{j}s_{j}`'linear'`

Linear (–∞,∞) (1 – *y*)/2_{j}s_{j}`'logit'`

Logistic (–∞,∞) log[1 + exp(– *y*)]/[2log(2)]_{j}s_{j}`'quadratic'`

Quadratic [0,1] [1 – *y*(2_{j}*s*– 1)]_{j}^{2}/2The software normalizes binary losses so that the loss is 0.5 when

*y*= 0. Also, the software calculates the mean binary loss for each class._{j}For a custom binary loss function, for example

`customFunction`

, specify its function handle`'BinaryLoss',@customFunction`

.`customFunction`

has this form:where:bLoss = customFunction(M,s)

`M`

is the*K*-by-*L*coding matrix stored in`Mdl.CodingMatrix`

.`s`

is the 1-by-*L*row vector of classification scores.`bLoss`

is the classification loss. This scalar aggregates the binary losses for every learner in a particular class. For example, you can use the mean binary loss to aggregate the loss over the learners for each class.*K*is the number of classes.*L*is the number of binary learners.

For an example of passing a custom binary loss function, see Predict Test-Sample Labels of ECOC Model Using Custom Binary Loss Function.

The default `BinaryLoss`

value depends on the score ranges returned
by the binary learners. This table describes some default
`BinaryLoss`

values based on the given assumptions.

Assumption | Default Value |
---|---|

All binary learners are SVMs or either linear or kernel classification models of SVM learners. | `'hinge'` |

All binary learners are ensembles trained by
`AdaboostM1` or
`GentleBoost` . | `'exponential'` |

All binary learners are ensembles trained by
`LogitBoost` . | `'binodeviance'` |

All binary learners are linear or kernel classification models of
logistic regression learners. Or, you specify to predict class
posterior probabilities by setting
`'FitPosterior',true` in `fitcecoc` . | `'quadratic'` |

To check the default value, use dot notation to display the
`BinaryLoss`

property of the trained model at the command
line.

**Example: **`'BinaryLoss','binodeviance'`

**Data Types: **`char`

| `string`

| `function_handle`

`'Decoding'`

— Decoding scheme`'lossweighted'`

(default) | `'lossbased'`

Decoding scheme that aggregates the binary losses, specified as the comma-separated pair
consisting of `'Decoding'`

and `'lossweighted'`

or
`'lossbased'`

. For more information, see Binary Loss.

**Example: **`'Decoding','lossbased'`

`'Folds'`

— Fold indices for prediction`1:CVMdl.KFold`

(default) | numeric vector of positive integersFold indices for prediction, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of
`'Folds'`

and a numeric vector of positive integers. The elements
of `Folds`

must be within the range from `1`

to
`CVMdl.KFold`

.

The software uses only the folds specified in `Folds`

for
prediction.

**Example: **`'Folds',[1 4 10]`

**Data Types: **`single`

| `double`

`'Mode'`

— Aggregation level for output`'average'`

(default) | `'individual'`

Aggregation level for the output, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of
`'Mode'`

and `'average'`

or
`'individual'`

.

This table describes the values.

Value | Description |
---|---|

`'average'` | The output is a scalar average over all folds. |

`'individual'` | The output is a vector of length k containing one value per
fold, where k is the number of folds. |

**Example: **`'Mode','individual'`

`'Options'`

— Estimation options`[]`

(default) | structure array returned by `statset`

Estimation options, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting
of `'Options'`

and a structure array returned by `statset`

.

To invoke parallel computing:

You need a Parallel Computing Toolbox™ license.

Specify

`'Options',statset('UseParallel',true)`

.

`'Verbose'`

— Verbosity level`0`

(default) | `1`

Verbosity level, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of
`'Verbose'`

and `0`

or `1`

.
`Verbose`

controls the number of diagnostic messages that the
software displays in the Command Window.

If `Verbose`

is `0`

, then the software does not display
diagnostic messages. Otherwise, the software displays diagnostic messages.

**Example: **`'Verbose',1`

**Data Types: **`single`

| `double`

`edge`

— Classification edgenumeric scalar | numeric column vector

Classification edge, returned as a numeric scalar or numeric column vector.

If `Mode`

is `'average'`

, then
`edge`

is the average classification edge over all
folds. Otherwise, `edge`

is a *k*-by-1
numeric column vector containing the classification edge for each fold,
where *k* is the number of folds.

The *classification edge* is
the weighted mean of the *classification margins*.

One way to choose among multiple classifiers, for example to perform feature selection, is to choose the classifier that yields the greatest edge.

The *classification margin* is, for each observation,
the difference between the negative loss for the true class and the maximal negative loss
among the false classes. If the margins are on the same scale, then they serve as a
classification confidence measure. Among multiple classifiers, those that yield greater
margins are better.

A *binary loss* is a function
of the class and classification score that determines how well a binary
learner classifies an observation into the class.

Suppose the following:

*m*is element (_{kj}*k*,*j*) of the coding design matrix*M*(that is, the code corresponding to class*k*of binary learner*j*).*s*is the score of binary learner_{j}*j*for an observation.*g*is the binary loss function.$$\widehat{k}$$ is the predicted class for the observation.

In *loss-based decoding*
[Escalera et al.], the class producing the minimum sum of the binary losses over
binary learners determines the predicted class of an observation, that is,

$$\widehat{k}=\underset{k}{\text{argmin}}{\displaystyle \sum _{j=1}^{L}\left|{m}_{kj}\right|g}({m}_{kj},{s}_{j}).$$

In *loss-weighted decoding*
[Escalera et al.], the class producing the minimum average of the binary losses
over binary learners determines the predicted class of an observation, that is,

$$\widehat{k}=\underset{k}{\text{argmin}}\frac{{\displaystyle \sum _{j=1}^{L}\left|{m}_{kj}\right|g}({m}_{kj},{s}_{j})}{{\displaystyle \sum}_{j=1}^{L}\left|{m}_{kj}\right|}.$$

Allwein et al. suggest that loss-weighted decoding improves classification accuracy by keeping loss values for all classes in the same dynamic range.

This table summarizes the supported loss functions, where
*y _{j}* is a class label for a particular binary
learner (in the set {–1,1,0}),

Value | Description | Score Domain | g(y,_{j}s)_{j} |
---|---|---|---|

`'binodeviance'` | Binomial deviance | (–∞,∞) | log[1 +
exp(–2y)]/[2log(2)]_{j}s_{j} |

`'exponential'` | Exponential | (–∞,∞) | exp(–y)/2_{j}s_{j} |

`'hamming'` | Hamming | [0,1] or (–∞,∞) | [1 – sign(y)]/2_{j}s_{j} |

`'hinge'` | Hinge | (–∞,∞) | max(0,1 – y)/2_{j}s_{j} |

`'linear'` | Linear | (–∞,∞) | (1 – y)/2_{j}s_{j} |

`'logit'` | Logistic | (–∞,∞) | log[1 +
exp(–y)]/[2log(2)]_{j}s_{j} |

`'quadratic'` | Quadratic | [0,1] | [1 – y(2_{j}s –
1)]_{j}^{2}/2 |

The software normalizes binary losses such that the loss is 0.5 when
*y _{j}* = 0, and aggregates using the average
of the binary learners [Allwein et al.].

Do not confuse the binary loss with the overall classification loss (specified by the
`'LossFun'`

name-value pair argument of the `loss`

and
`predict`

object functions), which measures how well an ECOC classifier
performs as a whole.

[1] Allwein, E., R. Schapire, and
Y. Singer. “Reducing multiclass to binary: A unifying approach for margin
classiﬁers.” *Journal of Machine Learning Research*. Vol. 1,
2000, pp. 113–141.

[2] Escalera, S., O. Pujol, and P.
Radeva. “On the decoding process in ternary error-correcting output
codes.” *IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine
Intelligence*. Vol. 32, Issue 7, 2010, pp. 120–134.

[3] Escalera, S., O. Pujol, and P.
Radeva. “Separability of ternary codes for sparse designs of error-correcting
output codes.” *Pattern Recogn*. Vol. 30, Issue 3, 2009, pp.
285–297.

Accelerate code by automatically running computation in parallel using Parallel Computing Toolbox™.

To run in parallel, set the `'UseParallel'`

option to `true`

.

Set the `'UseParallel'`

field of the options structure to `true`

using `statset`

and specify the `'Options'`

name-value pair argument in the call to this function.

For example: `'Options',statset('UseParallel',true)`

For more information, see the `'Options'`

name-value pair argument.

For more general information about parallel computing, see Run MATLAB Functions with Automatic Parallel Support (Parallel Computing Toolbox).

`ClassificationECOC`

| `ClassificationPartitionedECOC`

| `edge`

| `fitcecoc`

| `kfoldMargin`

| `kfoldPredict`

| `statset`

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