Credits: Forked from PyCon 2015 Scikit-learn Tutorial by Jake VanderPlas

In [1]:

```
%matplotlib inline
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import seaborn;
from sklearn import neighbors, datasets
import pylab as pl
seaborn.set()
iris = datasets.load_iris()
X, y = iris.data, iris.target
from sklearn.decomposition import PCA
pca = PCA(n_components=2)
pca.fit(X)
X_reduced = pca.transform(X)
print("Reduced dataset shape:", X_reduced.shape)
import pylab as pl
pl.scatter(X_reduced[:, 0], X_reduced[:, 1], c=y,
cmap='RdYlBu')
print("Meaning of the 2 components:")
for component in pca.components_:
print(" + ".join("%.3f x %s" % (value, name)
for value, name in zip(component,
iris.feature_names)))
```

Here we'll explore **Principal Component Analysis**, which is an extremely useful linear dimensionality reduction technique. Principal Component Analysis is a very powerful unsupervised method for *dimensionality reduction* in data. Look for directions in the data with the most variance.

Useful to explore data, visualize data and relationships.

It's easiest to visualize by looking at a two-dimensional dataset:

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```
np.random.seed(1)
X = np.dot(np.random.random(size=(2, 2)), np.random.normal(size=(2, 200))).T
plt.plot(X[:, 0], X[:, 1], 'o')
plt.axis('equal');
```

**Principal Axes** in the data, and explain how important those axes are in describing the data distribution:

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```
from sklearn.decomposition import PCA
pca = PCA(n_components=2)
pca.fit(X)
print(pca.explained_variance_)
print(pca.components_)
```

[ 0.75871884 0.01838551] [[ 0.94446029 0.32862557] [ 0.32862557 -0.94446029]]

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```
plt.plot(X[:, 0], X[:, 1], 'o', alpha=0.5)
for length, vector in zip(pca.explained_variance_ratio_, pca.components_):
v = vector * 3 * np.sqrt(length)
plt.plot([0, v[0]], [0, v[1]], '-k', lw=3)
plt.axis('equal');
```

Notice that one vector is longer than the other. In a sense, this tells us that that direction in the data is somehow more "important" than the other direction. The explained variance quantifies this measure of "importance" in direction.

Another way to think of it is that the second principal component could be **completely ignored** without much loss of information! Let's see what our data look like if we only keep 95% of the variance:

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```
clf = PCA(0.95) # keep 95% of variance
X_trans = clf.fit_transform(X)
print(X.shape)
print(X_trans.shape)
```

(200, 2) (200, 1)

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```
X_new = clf.inverse_transform(X_trans)
plt.plot(X[:, 0], X[:, 1], 'o', alpha=0.2)
plt.plot(X_new[:, 0], X_new[:, 1], 'ob', alpha=0.8)
plt.axis('equal');
```

The light points are the original data, while the dark points are the projected version. We see that after truncating 5% of the variance of this dataset and then reprojecting it, the "most important" features of the data are maintained, and we've compressed the data by 50%!

This is the sense in which "dimensionality reduction" works: if you can approximate a data set in a lower dimension, you can often have an easier time visualizing it or fitting complicated models to the data.