Feature Scaling – Part 2
Feature Scaling is a technique to standardize the independent features present in the data in a fixed range. It is performed during the data pre-processing to handle highly varying magnitudes or values or units. If feature scaling is not done, then a machine learning algorithm tends to weigh greater values, higher and consider smaller values as the lower values, regardless of the unit of the values.
Example: If an algorithm is not using feature scaling method then it can consider the value 3000 meter to be greater than 5 km but that’s actually not true and in this case, the algorithm will give wrong predictions. So, we use Feature Scaling to bring all values to same magnitudes and thus, tackle this issue.
Techniques to perform Feature Scaling
Consider the two most important ones:
- Min-Max Normalization: This technique re-scales a feature or observation value with distribution value between 0 and 1.
- Standardization: It is a very effective technique which re-scales a feature value so that it has distribution with 0 mean value and variance equals to 1.
Download the dataset:
Go to the link and download Data_for_Feature_Scaling.csv
Below is the Python Code:
Country Age Salary Purchased 0 France 44 72000 0 1 Spain 27 48000 1 2 Germany 30 54000 0 3 Spain 38 61000 0 4 Germany 40 1000 1 Original data values : [[ 44 72000] [ 27 48000] [ 30 54000] [ 38 61000] [ 40 1000] [ 35 58000] [ 78 52000] [ 48 79000] [ 50 83000] [ 37 67000]] After min max Scaling : [[ 0.33333333 0.86585366] [ 0. 0.57317073] [ 0.05882353 0.64634146] [ 0.21568627 0.73170732] [ 0.25490196 0. ] [ 0.15686275 0.69512195] [ 1. 0.62195122] [ 0.41176471 0.95121951] [ 0.45098039 1. ] [ 0.19607843 0.80487805]] After Standardisation : [[ 0.09536935 0.66527061] [-1.15176827 -0.43586695] [-0.93168516 -0.16058256] [-0.34479687 0.16058256] [-0.1980748 -2.59226136] [-0.56487998 0.02294037] [ 2.58964459 -0.25234403] [ 0.38881349 0.98643574] [ 0.53553557 1.16995867] [-0.41815791 0.43586695]]
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Two Machine Learning Fields
There are two sides to machine learning:
- Practical Machine Learning:This is about querying databases, cleaning data, writing scripts to transform data and gluing algorithm and libraries together and writing custom code to squeeze reliable answers from data to satisfy difficult and ill defined questions. It’s the mess of reality.
- Theoretical Machine Learning: This is about math and abstraction and idealized scenarios and limits and beauty and informing what is possible. It is a whole lot neater and cleaner and removed from the mess of reality.
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