- Link to the containing GitHub Repository: https://github.com/rasbt/pattern_classification
- Link to this IPython Notebook on GitHub: linear_discriminant_analysis.ipynb

In [1]:

```
%load_ext watermark
```

In [2]:

```
%watermark -v -d -u -p pandas,scikit-learn,numpy,matplotlib
```

Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) is most commonly used as dimensionality reduction technique in the pre-processing step for pattern-classification and machine learning applications. The goal is to project a dataset onto a lower-dimensional space with good class-separability in order avoid overfitting ("curse of dimensionality") and also reduce computational costs.

Ronald A. Fisher formulated the *Linear Discriminant* in 1936 (The Use of Multiple Measurements in Taxonomic Problems), and it also has some practical uses as classifier. The original Linear discriminant was described for a 2-class problem, and it was then later generalized as "multi-class Linear Discriminant Analysis" or "Multiple Discriminant Analysis" by C. R. Rao in 1948 (The utilization of multiple measurements in problems of biological classification)

In general, dimensionality reduction does not only help reducing computational costs for a given classification task, but it can also be helpful to avoid overfitting by minimizing the error in parameter estimation ("curse of dimensionality").

Both Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) and Principal Component Analysis (PCA) are linear transformation techniques that are commonly used for dimensionality reduction. PCA can be described as an "unsupervised" algorithm, since it "ignores" class labels and its goal is to find the directions (the so-called principal components) that maximize the variance in a dataset. In contrast to PCA, LDA is "supervised" and computes the directions ("linear discriminants") that will represent the axes that that maximize the separation between multiple classes.

Although it might sound intuitive that LDA is superior to PCA for a multi-class classification task where the class labels are known, this might not always the case.

For example, comparisons between classification accuracies for image recognition after using PCA or LDA show that PCA tends to outperform LDA if the number of samples per class is relatively small (PCA vs. LDA, A.M. Martinez et al., 2001).
In practice, it is also not uncommon to use both LDA and PCA in combination: E.g., PCA for dimensionality reduction followed by an LDA.

Let's assume that our goal is to reduce the dimensions of a $d$-dimensional dataset by projecting it onto a $(k)$-dimensional subspace (where $k\;<\;d$). So, how do we know what size we should choose for $k$ ($k$ = the number of dimensions of the new feature subspace), and how do we know if we have a feature space that represents our data "well"?

Later, we will compute eigenvectors (the components) from our data set and collect them in a so-called scatter-matrices (i.e., the in-between-class scatter matrix and within-class scatter matrix).

Each of these eigenvectors is associated with an eigenvalue, which tells us about the "length" or "magnitude" of the eigenvectors.

If we would observe that all eigenvalues have a similar magnitude, then this may be a good indicator that our data is already projected on a "good" feature space.

And in the other scenario, if some of the eigenvalues are much much larger than others, we might be interested in keeping only those eigenvectors with the highest eigenvalues, since they contain more information about our data distribution. Vice versa, eigenvalues that are close to 0 are less informative and we might consider dropping those for constructing the new feature subspace.

Listed below are the 5 general steps for performing a linear discriminant analysis; we will explore them in more detail in the following sections.

- Compute the $d$-dimensional mean vectors for the different classes from the dataset.
- Compute the scatter matrices (in-between-class and within-class scatter matrix).
- Compute the eigenvectors ($\pmb e_1, \; \pmb e_2, \; ..., \; \pmb e_d$) and corresponding eigenvalues ($\pmb \lambda_1, \; \pmb \lambda_2, \; ..., \; \pmb \lambda_d$) for the scatter matrices.
- Sort the eigenvectors by decreasing eigenvalues and choose $k$ eigenvectors with the largest eigenvalues to form a $d \times k$ dimensional matrix $\pmb W\;$ (where every column represents an eigenvector).
- Use this $d \times k$ eigenvector matrix to transform the samples onto the new subspace. This can be summarized by the matrix multiplication $\pmb Y = \pmb X \times \pmb W$ (where $\pmb X$ is a $n \times d$-dimensional matrix representing the $n$ samples, and $\pmb y$ are the transformed $n \times k$-dimensional samples in the new subspace).

For the following tutorial, we will be working with the famous "Iris" dataset that has been deposited on the UCI machine learning repository

(https://archive.ics.uci.edu/ml/datasets/Iris).

**Reference:** Bache, K. & Lichman, M. (2013). UCI Machine Learning Repository. Irvine, CA: University of California, School of Information and Computer Science.

The iris dataset contains measurements for 150 iris flowers from three different species.

The three classes in the Iris dataset:

- Iris-setosa (n=50)
- Iris-versicolor (n=50)
- Iris-virginica (n=50)

The four features of the Iris dataset:

- sepal length in cm
- sepal width in cm
- petal length in cm
- petal width in cm

In [3]:

```
feature_dict = {i:label for i,label in zip(
range(4),
('sepal length in cm',
'sepal width in cm',
'petal length in cm',
'petal width in cm', ))}
```

In [4]:

```
import pandas as pd
df = pd.io.parsers.read_csv(
filepath_or_buffer='https://archive.ics.uci.edu/ml/machine-learning-databases/iris/iris.data',
header=None,
sep=',',
)
df.columns = [l for i,l in sorted(feature_dict.items())] + ['class label']
df.dropna(how="all", inplace=True) # to drop the empty line at file-end
df.tail()
```

Out[4]:

`LabelEncode`

from the `scikit-learn`

library to convert the class labels into numbers: `1, 2, and 3`

.

In [5]:

```
from sklearn.preprocessing import LabelEncoder
X = df[[0,1,2,3]].values
y = df['class label'].values
enc = LabelEncoder()
label_encoder = enc.fit(y)
y = label_encoder.transform(y) + 1
label_dict = {1: 'Setosa', 2: 'Versicolor', 3:'Virginica'}
```

In [6]:

```
%matplotlib inline
```

In [7]:

```
from matplotlib import pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
import math
fig, axes = plt.subplots(nrows=2, ncols=2, figsize=(12,6))
for ax,cnt in zip(axes.ravel(), range(4)):
# set bin sizes
min_b = math.floor(np.min(X[:,cnt]))
max_b = math.ceil(np.max(X[:,cnt]))
bins = np.linspace(min_b, max_b, 25)
# plottling the histograms
for lab,col in zip(range(1,4), ('blue', 'red', 'green')):
ax.hist(X[y==lab, cnt],
color=col,
label='class %s' %label_dict[lab],
bins=bins,
alpha=0.5,)
ylims = ax.get_ylim()
# plot annotation
leg = ax.legend(loc='upper right', fancybox=True, fontsize=8)
leg.get_frame().set_alpha(0.5)
ax.set_ylim([0, max(ylims)+2])
ax.set_xlabel(feature_dict[cnt])
ax.set_title('Iris histogram #%s' %str(cnt+1))
# hide axis ticks
ax.tick_params(axis="both", which="both", bottom="off", top="off",
labelbottom="on", left="off", right="off", labelleft="on")
# remove axis spines
ax.spines["top"].set_visible(False)
ax.spines["right"].set_visible(False)
ax.spines["bottom"].set_visible(False)
ax.spines["left"].set_visible(False)
axes[0][0].set_ylabel('count')
axes[1][0].set_ylabel('count')
fig.tight_layout()
plt.show()
```

It should be mentioned that LDA assumes normal distributed data, features that are statistically independent, and identical covariance matrices for every class. However, this only applies for LDA as classifier and LDA for dimensionality reduction can also work reasonably well if those assumptions are violated. And even for classification tasks LDA seems can be quite robust to the distribution of the data:

"linear discriminant analysis frequently achieves good performances in the tasks of face and object recognition, even though the assumptions of common covariance matrix among groups and normality are often violated (Duda, et al., 2001)" (Tao Li, et al., 2006).

Tao Li, Shenghuo Zhu, and Mitsunori Ogihara. “Using Discriminant Analysis for Multi-Class Classification: An Experimental Investigation.” Knowledge and Information Systems 10, no. 4 (2006): 453–72.)

Duda, Richard O, Peter E Hart, and David G Stork. 2001. Pattern Classification. New York: Wiley.

In this first step, we will start off with a simple computation of the mean vectors $\pmb m_i$, $(i = 1,2,3)$ of the 3 different flower classes:

$\pmb m_i = \begin{bmatrix} \mu_{\omega_i (\text{sepal length)}}\\ \mu_{\omega_i (\text{sepal width})}\\ \mu_{\omega_i (\text{petal length)}}\\ \mu_{\omega_i (\text{petal width})}\\ \end{bmatrix} \; , \quad \text{with} \quad i = 1,2,3$

In [8]:

```
np.set_printoptions(precision=4)
mean_vectors = []
for cl in range(1,4):
mean_vectors.append(np.mean(X[y==cl], axis=0))
print('Mean Vector class %s: %s\n' %(cl, mean_vectors[cl-1]))
```

*4x4*-dimensional matrices: The within-class and the between-class scatter matrix.

The **within-class scatter** matrix $S_W$ is computed by the following equation:

$S_W = \sum\limits_{i=1}^{c} S_i$

where

$S_i = \sum\limits_{\pmb x \in D_i}^n (\pmb x - \pmb m_i)\;(\pmb x - \pmb m_i)^T$

(scatter matrix for every class)

and $\pmb m_i$ is the mean vector

$\pmb m_i = \frac{1}{n_i} \sum\limits_{\pmb x \in D_i}^n \; \pmb x_k$

In [9]:

```
S_W = np.zeros((4,4))
for cl,mv in zip(range(1,4), mean_vectors):
class_sc_mat = np.zeros((4,4)) # scatter matrix for every class
for row in X[y == cl]:
row, mv = row.reshape(4,1), mv.reshape(4,1) # make column vectors
class_sc_mat += (row-mv).dot((row-mv).T)
S_W += class_sc_mat # sum class scatter matrices
print('within-class Scatter Matrix:\n', S_W)
```

Alternatively, we could also compute the class-covariance matrices by adding the scaling factor $\frac{1}{N-1}$ to the within-class scatter matrix, so that our equation becomes

$\Sigma_i = \frac{1}{N_{i}-1} \sum\limits_{\pmb x \in D_i}^n (\pmb x - \pmb m_i)\;(\pmb x - \pmb m_i)^T$.

and $S_W = \sum\limits_{i=1}^{c} (N_{i}-1) \Sigma_i$

where $N_{i}$ is the sample size of the respective class (here: 50), and in this particular case, we can drop the term ($N_{i}-1)$ since all classes have the same sample size.

However, the resulting eigenspaces will be identical (identical eigenvectors, only the eigenvalues are scaled differently by a constant factor).

The **between-class scatter** matrix $S_B$ is computed by the following equation:

$S_B = \sum\limits_{i=1}^{c} N_{i} (\pmb m_i - \pmb m) (\pmb m_i - \pmb m)^T$

where

$\pmb m$ is the overall mean, and $\pmb m_{i}$ and $N_{i}$ are the sample mean and sizes of the respective classes.

In [10]:

```
overall_mean = np.mean(X, axis=0)
S_B = np.zeros((4,4))
for i,mean_vec in enumerate(mean_vectors):
n = X[y==i+1,:].shape[0]
mean_vec = mean_vec.reshape(4,1) # make column vector
overall_mean = overall_mean.reshape(4,1) # make column vector
S_B += n * (mean_vec - overall_mean).dot((mean_vec - overall_mean).T)
print('between-class Scatter Matrix:\n', S_B)
```

In [11]:

```
eig_vals, eig_vecs = np.linalg.eig(np.linalg.inv(S_W).dot(S_B))
for i in range(len(eig_vals)):
eigvec_sc = eig_vecs[:,i].reshape(4,1)
print('\nEigenvector {}: \n{}'.format(i+1, eigvec_sc.real))
print('Eigenvalue {:}: {:.2e}'.format(i+1, eig_vals[i].real))
```

After this decomposition of our square matrix into eigenvectors and eigenvalues, let us briefly recapitulate how we can interpret those results. As we remember from our first linear algebra class in high school or college, both eigenvectors and eigenvalues are providing us with information about the distortion of a linear transformation: The eigenvectors are basically the direction of this distortion, and the eigenvalues are the scaling factor for the eigenvectors that describing the magnitude of the distortion.

If we are performing the LDA for dimensionality reduction, the eigenvectors are important since they will form the new axes of our new feature subspace; the associated eigenvalues are of particular interest since they will tell us how "informative" the new "axes" are.

Let us briefly double-check our calculation and talk more about the eigenvalues in the next section.

A quick check that the eigenvector-eigenvalue calculation is correct and satisfy the equation:

$\pmb A\pmb{v} = \lambda\pmb{v}$

where

$\pmb A = S_{W}^{-1}S_B\\
\pmb{v} = \; \text{Eigenvector}\\
\lambda = \; \text{Eigenvalue}$

In [12]:

```
for i in range(len(eig_vals)):
eigv = eig_vecs[:,i].reshape(4,1)
np.testing.assert_array_almost_equal(np.linalg.inv(S_W).dot(S_B).dot(eigv),
eig_vals[i] * eigv,
decimal=6, err_msg='', verbose=True)
print('ok')
```

Remember from the introduction that we are not only interested in merely projecting the data into a subspace that improves the class separability, but also reduces the dimensionality of our feature space, (where the eigenvectors will form the axes of this new feature subspace).

However, the eigenvectors only define the directions of the new axis, since they have all the same unit length 1.

The common approach is to rank the eigenvectors from highest to lowest corresponding eigenvalue and choose the top $k$ eigenvectors.

In [13]:

```
# Make a list of (eigenvalue, eigenvector) tuples
eig_pairs = [(np.abs(eig_vals[i]), eig_vecs[:,i]) for i in range(len(eig_vals))]
# Sort the (eigenvalue, eigenvector) tuples from high to low
eig_pairs = sorted(eig_pairs, key=lambda k: k[0], reverse=True)
# Visually confirm that the list is correctly sorted by decreasing eigenvalues
print('Eigenvalues in decreasing order:\n')
for i in eig_pairs:
print(i[0])
```

In [14]:

```
print('Variance explained:\n')
eigv_sum = sum(eig_vals)
for i,j in enumerate(eig_pairs):
print('eigenvalue {0:}: {1:.2%}'.format(i+1, (j[0]/eigv_sum).real))
```

In [15]:

```
W = np.hstack((eig_pairs[0][1].reshape(4,1), eig_pairs[1][1].reshape(4,1)))
print('Matrix W:\n', W.real)
```

In the last step, we use the $4 \times 2$-dimensional matrix $\pmb W$ that we just computed to transform our samples onto the new subspace via the equation

$\pmb Y = \pmb X \times \pmb W $.

(where $\pmb X$ is a $n \times d$-dimensional matrix representing the $n$ samples, and $\pmb Y$ are the transformed $n \times k$-dimensional samples in the new subspace).

In [16]:

```
X_lda = X.dot(W)
assert X_lda.shape == (150,2), "The matrix is not 150x2 dimensional."
```

In [17]:

```
from matplotlib import pyplot as plt
def plot_step_lda():
ax = plt.subplot(111)
for label,marker,color in zip(
range(1,4),('^', 's', 'o'),('blue', 'red', 'green')):
plt.scatter(x=X_lda[:,0].real[y == label],
y=X_lda[:,1].real[y == label],
marker=marker,
color=color,
alpha=0.5,
label=label_dict[label]
)
plt.xlabel('LD1')
plt.ylabel('LD2')
leg = plt.legend(loc='upper right', fancybox=True)
leg.get_frame().set_alpha(0.5)
plt.title('LDA: Iris projection onto the first 2 linear discriminants')
# hide axis ticks
plt.tick_params(axis="both", which="both", bottom="off", top="off",
labelbottom="on", left="off", right="off", labelleft="on")
# remove axis spines
ax.spines["top"].set_visible(False)
ax.spines["right"].set_visible(False)
ax.spines["bottom"].set_visible(False)
ax.spines["left"].set_visible(False)
plt.grid()
plt.tight_layout
plt.show()
plot_step_lda()
```

In order to compare the feature subspace that we obtained via the Linear Discriminant Analysis, we will use the `PCA`

class from the `scikit-learn`

machine-learning library. The documentation can be found here:

http://scikit-learn.org/stable/modules/generated/sklearn.decomposition.PCA.html.

For our convenience, we can directly specify to how many components we want to retain in our input dataset via the `n_components`

parameter.

```
n_components : int, None or string
Number of components to keep. if n_components is not set all components are kept:
n_components == min(n_samples, n_features)
if n_components == ‘mle’, Minka’s MLE is used to guess the dimension if 0 < n_components < 1,
select the number of components such that the amount of variance that needs to be explained
is greater than the percentage specified by n_components
```

In [18]:

```
from sklearn.decomposition import PCA as sklearnPCA
sklearn_pca = sklearnPCA(n_components=2)
X_pca = sklearn_pca.fit_transform(X)
def plot_pca():
ax = plt.subplot(111)
for label,marker,color in zip(
range(1,4),('^', 's', 'o'),('blue', 'red', 'green')):
plt.scatter(x=X_pca[:,0][y == label],
y=X_pca[:,1][y == label],
marker=marker,
color=color,
alpha=0.5,
label=label_dict[label]
)
plt.xlabel('PC1')
plt.ylabel('PC2')
leg = plt.legend(loc='upper right', fancybox=True)
leg.get_frame().set_alpha(0.5)
plt.title('PCA: Iris projection onto the first 2 principal components')
# hide axis ticks
plt.tick_params(axis="both", which="both", bottom="off", top="off",
labelbottom="on", left="off", right="off", labelleft="on")
# remove axis spines
ax.spines["top"].set_visible(False)
ax.spines["right"].set_visible(False)
ax.spines["bottom"].set_visible(False)
ax.spines["left"].set_visible(False)
plt.tight_layout
plt.grid()
plt.show()
```

In [19]:

```
plot_pca()
plot_step_lda()
```

`LDA`

class implemented in the `scikit-learn`

machine learning library.

In [20]:

```
from sklearn.discriminant_analysis import LinearDiscriminantAnalysis as LDA
# LDA
sklearn_lda = LDA(n_components=2)
X_lda_sklearn = sklearn_lda.fit_transform(X, y)
```

In [21]:

```
def plot_scikit_lda(X, title):
ax = plt.subplot(111)
for label,marker,color in zip(
range(1,4),('^', 's', 'o'),('blue', 'red', 'green')):
plt.scatter(x=X[:,0][y == label],
y=X[:,1][y == label] * -1, # flip the figure
marker=marker,
color=color,
alpha=0.5,
label=label_dict[label])
plt.xlabel('LD1')
plt.ylabel('LD2')
leg = plt.legend(loc='upper right', fancybox=True)
leg.get_frame().set_alpha(0.5)
plt.title(title)
# hide axis ticks
plt.tick_params(axis="both", which="both", bottom="off", top="off",
labelbottom="on", left="off", right="off", labelleft="on")
# remove axis spines
ax.spines["top"].set_visible(False)
ax.spines["right"].set_visible(False)
ax.spines["bottom"].set_visible(False)
ax.spines["left"].set_visible(False)
plt.grid()
plt.tight_layout
plt.show()
```

In [22]:

```
plot_step_lda()
plot_scikit_lda(X_lda_sklearn, title='Default LDA via scikit-learn')
```

**not** change the overall results of an LDA and thus may be optional. Yes, the scatter matrices will be different depending on whether the features were scaled or not. In addition, the eigenvectors will be different as well. However, the important part is that the eigenvalues will be exactly the same as well as the final projects -- the only difference you'll notice is the scaling of the component axes. This can be shown mathematically (I will insert the formulaes some time in future), and below is a practical, visual example for demonstration.

In [23]:

```
%matplotlib inline
import pandas as pd
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import pandas as pd
df = pd.read_csv('https://archive.ics.uci.edu/ml/machine-learning-databases/iris/iris.data', header=None)
df[4] = df[4].map({'Iris-setosa':0, 'Iris-versicolor':1, 'Iris-virginica':2})
df.tail()
```

Out[23]:

After loading the dataset, we are going to standardize the columns in `X`

. Standardization implies mean centering and scaling to unit variance:

After standardization, the columns will have zero mean ( $\mu_{x_{std}}=0$ ) and a standard deviation of 1 ($\sigma_{x_{std}}=1$).

In [24]:

```
y, X = df.iloc[:, 4].values, df.iloc[:, 0:4].values
X_cent = X - X.mean(axis=0)
X_std = X_cent / X.std(axis=0)
```

In [25]:

```
import numpy as np
def comp_mean_vectors(X, y):
class_labels = np.unique(y)
n_classes = class_labels.shape[0]
mean_vectors = []
for cl in class_labels:
mean_vectors.append(np.mean(X[y==cl], axis=0))
return mean_vectors
def scatter_within(X, y):
class_labels = np.unique(y)
n_classes = class_labels.shape[0]
n_features = X.shape[1]
mean_vectors = comp_mean_vectors(X, y)
S_W = np.zeros((n_features, n_features))
for cl, mv in zip(class_labels, mean_vectors):
class_sc_mat = np.zeros((n_features, n_features))
for row in X[y == cl]:
row, mv = row.reshape(n_features, 1), mv.reshape(n_features, 1)
class_sc_mat += (row-mv).dot((row-mv).T)
S_W += class_sc_mat
return S_W
def scatter_between(X, y):
overall_mean = np.mean(X, axis=0)
n_features = X.shape[1]
mean_vectors = comp_mean_vectors(X, y)
S_B = np.zeros((n_features, n_features))
for i, mean_vec in enumerate(mean_vectors):
n = X[y==i+1,:].shape[0]
mean_vec = mean_vec.reshape(n_features, 1)
overall_mean = overall_mean.reshape(n_features, 1)
S_B += n * (mean_vec - overall_mean).dot((mean_vec - overall_mean).T)
return S_B
def get_components(eig_vals, eig_vecs, n_comp=2):
n_features = X.shape[1]
eig_pairs = [(np.abs(eig_vals[i]), eig_vecs[:,i]) for i in range(len(eig_vals))]
eig_pairs = sorted(eig_pairs, key=lambda k: k[0], reverse=True)
W = np.hstack([eig_pairs[i][1].reshape(4, 1) for i in range(0, n_comp)])
return W
```

In [26]:

```
S_W, S_B = scatter_within(X, y), scatter_between(X, y)
eig_vals, eig_vecs = np.linalg.eig(np.linalg.inv(S_W).dot(S_B))
W = get_components(eig_vals, eig_vecs, n_comp=2)
print('EigVals: %s\n\nEigVecs: %s' % (eig_vals, eig_vecs))
print('\nW: %s' % W)
```

In [27]:

```
X_lda = X.dot(W)
for label,marker,color in zip(
np.unique(y),('^', 's', 'o'),('blue', 'red', 'green')):
plt.scatter(X_lda[y==label, 0], X_lda[y==label, 1],
color=color, marker=marker)
```

Next, we are repeating this process for the standarized flower dataset:

In [28]:

```
S_W, S_B = scatter_within(X_std, y), scatter_between(X_std, y)
eig_vals, eig_vecs = np.linalg.eig(np.linalg.inv(S_W).dot(S_B))
W_std = get_components(eig_vals, eig_vecs, n_comp=2)
print('EigVals: %s\n\nEigVecs: %s' % (eig_vals, eig_vecs))
print('\nW: %s' % W_std)
```

In [30]:

```
X_std_lda = X_std.dot(W_std)
X_std_lda[:, 1] = X_std_lda[:, 1]
for label,marker,color in zip(
np.unique(y),('^', 's', 'o'),('blue', 'red', 'green')):
plt.scatter(X_std_lda[y==label, 0], X_std_lda[y==label, 1],
color=color, marker=marker)
```