Machine Learning for Beginners in Python: How to Impute Missing Values With Means

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Impute Missing Values With Means

Mean imputation replaces missing values with the mean value of that feature/variable. Mean imputation is one of the most ‘naive’ imputation methods because unlike more complex methods like k-nearest neighbors imputation, it does not use the information we have about an observation to estimate a value for it.

Preliminaries


import pandas as pd
import numpy as np
from sklearn.preprocessing import Imputer

Create Data


df = pd.DataFrame()


df['x0'] = [0.3051,0.4949,0.6974,0.3769,0.2231,0.341,0.4436,0.5897,0.6308,0.5]
df['x1'] = [np.nan,0.2654,0.2615,0.5846,0.4615,0.8308,0.4962,0.3269,0.5346,0.6731]


df
x0 x1
0 0.3051 NaN
1 0.4949 0.2654
2 0.6974 0.2615
3 0.3769 0.5846
4 0.2231 0.4615
5 0.3410 0.8308
6 0.4436 0.4962
7 0.5897 0.3269
8 0.6308 0.5346
9 0.5000 0.6731

Fit Imputer


mean_imputer = Imputer(missing_values='NaN', strategy='mean', axis=0)

mean_imputer = mean_imputer.fit(df)

Apply Imputer


imputed_df = mean_imputer.transform(df.values)

View Data


imputed_df
array([[ 0.3051    ,  0.49273333],
       [ 0.4949    ,  0.2654    ],
       [ 0.6974    ,  0.2615    ],
       [ 0.3769    ,  0.5846    ],
       [ 0.2231    ,  0.4615    ],
       [ 0.341     ,  0.8308    ],
       [ 0.4436    ,  0.4962    ],
       [ 0.5897    ,  0.3269    ],
       [ 0.6308    ,  0.5346    ],
       [ 0.5       ,  0.6731    ]])

Notice that 0.49273333 is the imputed value, replacing the np.NaN value.

 

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