Classifications in Machine Learning

The continuous feature of machine learning is crucial because models may adapt as they are exposed to new data. They use past computations to provide consistent, repeatable judgments and outcomes. A common task for machine learning algorithms is the ability to detect items and categorize them according to a particular group. This process is termed classification, and it allows us to categorize large amounts of data to discrete values for example True or False, 0 or 1, or an output label class pre-defined. This article will learn in detail about classification in machine learning.

The Classification algorithm is a supervised learning method that trains data to determine the category of future observations. This is why firstly, let us understand what is supervised learning.

What is Supervised Learning

Understanding Supervised Learning

Supervised learning develops a function to predict a defined label based on the input data.

The model in Supervised Learning learns by action. During training, the model examines which label is related to the given data and, as a result, can identify patterns between the data and particular labels.

Let us understand supervised learning with an example of Speech Recognition. It is an application where you train an algorithm with your voice. Virtual assistants such as Google Assistant and Siri, which recognize and respond to your voice, are the most well-known real-world supervised learning applications.

Supervised Learning might sort data into categories (a classification challenge) or predict a result (regression algorithms). This article will specifically address everything we need to know about classification in Machine Learning.

What is Classification in Machine Learning?

The process of recognizing, interpreting, and classifying objects or thoughts into various groups is known as classification. Machine learning models use a variety of algorithms to classify future datasets into appropriate and relevant categories with the help of already-categorized training datasets.

Classification in Machine Learning

In other words, classification is a type of "pattern recognition." In this case, classification algorithms applied to training data detect the same pattern (same number sequences, words, etc.) in consecutive data sets.

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Types of Classification Models

There are four primary classification tasks you could come across:

  • Binary Classification
  • Multi-Class Classification
  • Multi-Label Classification
  • Imbalanced Classification

Binary Classification

The term "binary classification" refers to tasks that can provide one of two class labels as an output. In general, one is regarded as the normal state, while the other is abnormal. The following examples can assist you in better comprehending them.

For example, for email spam detection, the normal condition is "not spam," whereas the abnormal state is "spam." "Likewise, Cancer not found" is the normal condition of an activity involving a medical test, whereas "cancer identified" is the abnormal state.

The normal state class is usually allocated the class label 0, whereas the abnormal state class is assigned the class label 1.

Some of the popular algorithms used for binary classification are:

  • Decision Trees
  • Logistic Regression
  • Support Vector Machine
  • k-Nearest Neighbors
  • Naive Bayes

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Multi-Label Classification

We refer to multi-label classification tasks as those in which we need to assign two or more distinct class labels that can be predicted for each case. A simple example is photo classification, in which a single shot may contain many items, such as a puppy or an apple, and so on.  In this type of classification, you can predict many labels rather than just one.

The most common algorithms are:

  • Multi-label Random Forests
  • Multi-label Decision trees
  • Multi-label Gradient Boosting

Multi-Class Classification

Tasks that have two or more class labels are called multi-class classification.

The multi-class classification does not differentiate between normal and abnormal results. 

In some situations, the number of class labels might be rather big. For instance, a model may predict that a photograph belongs to one of thousands or tens of thousands of faces in a facial recognition system. Examples are classified into one of several known classes.

Some of the popular algorithms used for multi-class classification are:

  • Naive Bayes
  • k-Nearest Neighbors
  • Random Forest
  • Gradient Boosting
  • Decision Trees

Imbalanced Classification

Imbalanced Classification refers to tasks in which the number of items in each class is distributed unequally. In general, unbalanced classification problems are binary classification tasks in which most of the training dataset belongs to the normal class and just a small percentage to the abnormal class.

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Learners in Classification Problem

There are two types of learners in a classification problem, namely:

  • Eager Learners
  • Lazy Learners

Eager Learners

Eager learning occurs when a machine learning algorithm constructs a model shortly after obtaining training data. It's named eager because the first thing it does when it obtains the data set is, it creates the model. The training data is then forgotten. When new input data arrives, the model is used to evaluate it. The vast majority of machine learning algorithms are eager to learn.

Lazy Learners

Lazy learning, on the other hand, occurs when a machine learning algorithm does not develop a model immediately after receiving training data but instead waits until it is given input data to analyze. It's named lazy because it waits until it's absolutely essential to construct a model if it builds any at all. It only saves training data when it receives it. When the input data arrives, it uses the previously stored data to evaluate the output. Instead of learning a discriminative function from the training data, the lazy learning algorithm "memorizes" the training dataset. The eager learning algorithm, on the other hand, learns its model weights (parameters) during training.

Types of Machine learning Classification Algorithms

Classification algorithms use input training data in machine learning to predict the likelihood or probability that the following data will fall into one specified category. One of the most popular classifications used to sort emails into "spam" and "non-spam" categories, as employed by today's leading email service providers.

They are two types of classification models, namely:

  • Linear Models
  • Non-linear Models

1. Linear Models

Support Vector Machine

Support Vector Machine

The support vector machine (SVM) is a frequently used machine learning technique for classification and regression problems. It is, however, mostly employed to tackle categorization difficulties. SVM's main goal is to determine the best decision boundaries in an N-dimensional space that can classify data points, and the optimal decision boundary is known as the Hyperplane. The extreme vector is chosen by SVM to locate the hyperplane, and these vectors are referred to as support vectors.

Logistic Regression
Logistic Regression

In logistic regression, the sigmoid function returns the probability of a label. It is used widely when the classification problem is binary, for example, true or false, win or lose, positive or negative.

Logistic regression is used to determine the right fit between a dependent variable and a set of independent variables. Because it quantifies the factors that lead to categorization, it beats alternative binary classification algorithms like KNN.

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2. Non-Linear Models

Decision Tree

Decision Tree

The classification model is developed using the decision tree algorithm as a tree structure. The data is then divided down into smaller structures and connected to an incremental decision tree to complete the process. The final output looks like a tree, complete with nodes and leaves. Using the training data, the rules are learned one by one, one by one. Every time a rule is learned, the tuples that cover the rules are removed. The technique is repeated on the training set until the termination point is reached.

The tree is built using a recursive top-down divide and conquer method. A leaf symbolizes a classification or decision, and a decision node will contain two or more branches. The root node of a decision tree is the highest node that corresponds to the best predictor, and the best thing about a decision tree is that it can handle both category and numerical data.

Kernel SVM

A kernel in SVM is a function that assists in problem resolution. They provide you shortcuts so you don't have to complete hard calculations. Kernel is remarkable since it allows us to go to higher dimensions and do smooth calculations. It is possible to work with an infinite number of dimensions with kernels.

K-Nearest Neighbor

The K-Nearest Neighbor technique divides data into groups based on the distance between data points and is used for classification and prediction. The K-Nearest Neighbor algorithm implies that data points near together must be similar. Hence, the data point to be classed will be grouped with the closest cluster.

Naive Bayes

The classification algorithm Naive Bayes is based on the assumption that predictors in a dataset are independent. This implies that the features are independent of one another. For example, when given a banana, the classifier will notice that the fruit is yellow in color, rectangular in shape, and long and tapered. These characteristics will add to the likelihood of it becoming a banana in its own right and are not reliant on one another. Naive Bayes is based on the Bayes theorem, which is represented as:

P(A|B) = (P(A) P(B|A)) / P(B)

         P(A | B) = how likely B happens
         P(A) = how likely A happens
         P(B) = how likely B happens
         P(B | A) = how likely B happens given that A happen

Stochastic Gradient Descent

It is an extremely effective and simple method for fitting linear models. If the sample data is vast, Stochastic Gradient Descent is beneficial. For classification, it provides a variety of loss functions and penalties.

The only benefit is the ease of implementation and efficiency. Still, stochastic gradient descent has several drawbacks, including the need for many hyper-parameters and sensitivity to feature scaling.

Random Forest

Random Forest

Random decision trees, also known as random forest, may be used for classification, regression, and other tasks. It works by building many decision trees during training and then outputs the class that is the individual trees' mode, mean, or classification prediction.

A random forest (meta-estimator) fits several trees to different subsamples of data sets and averages the results to increase the model's predicted accuracy. The sub-sample size is similar to the original input size; however, replacements are frequently used in the samples.

Artificial Neural Networks

Artificial Neural Networks

A neural network uses a model inspired by neurons and their connections in the brain to convert an input vector to an output vector. The model comprises layers of neurons coupled by weights that change the relative relevance of different inputs. Each neuron has an activation function that controls the cell's output (as a function of its input vector multiplied by its weight vector). The output is calculated by applying the input vector to the network's input layer, then computing each neuron's outputs via the network (in a feed-forward fashion).

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In this blog, we looked at what Supervised Learning is and its sub-branch Classification, some of the most widely used classification models, and how to predict their accuracy and see whether they are trained correctly. 

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