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Linear Discriminant Analysis and Its Variations. Abu Minhajuddin CSE 8331. Department of Statistical Science Southern Methodist University April 27, 2002. Plan…. The Problem Linear Discriminant Analysis Quadratic Discriminant Analysis Other Extensions Evaluation of the Method

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Linear Discriminant Analysis and Its Variations

Abu Minhajuddin

CSE 8331

Department of Statistical Science

Southern Methodist University

April 27, 2002

Plan…

- The Problem
- Linear Discriminant Analysis
- Quadratic Discriminant Analysis
- Other Extensions
- Evaluation of the Method
- An Example
- Summary

The Problem…

Training Situation:

Data on p predictors,

Membership of one of g groups

Classification Problem:

Data on p predictors

Unknown group membership

The Problem…

Fisher’s Iris Data: Identify the three species?

Linear Discriminant Analysis

Classify the item xat hand to one of J groups based on measurements on p predictors.

Rule: Assign xto group j that has the closest mean

j = 1, 2, …, J

Distance Measure: Mahalanobis Distance….

Takes the spread of the data into Consideration

Linear Discriminant Analysis

Distance Measure:

For j = 1, 2, …, J, compute

Assign x to the group for which dj is minimum

is the pooled estimate of the covariance matrix

Linear Discriminant Analysis

Linear Discriminant Analysis

…or equivalently, assign x to the group for which

is a maximum.

(Notice the linear form of the equation!)

Linear Discriminant Analysis

- …optimal if….
- Multivariate normal distribution for the observation in each of the groups
- Equal covariance matrix for all groups
- Equal prior probability for each group
- Equal costs for misclassification

Linear Discriminant Analysis

Relaxing the assumption of equal prior probabilities…

being the prior probability for the jth group.

Linear Discriminant Analysis

Relaxing the assumption of equal covariance matrices…

result?…Quadratic Discriminant Analysis

Quadratic Discriminant Analysis

Rule: assign to group j if is the largest.

Optimal if the J groups of measurements are multivariate normal

Other Extensions & Related Methods

Relaxing the assumption of normality…

Kernel density based LDA and QDA

Other extensions…..

Regularized discriminant analysis

Penalized discriminant analysis

Flexible discriminant analysis

Other Extensions & Related Methods

Related Methods:

Logistic regression for binary classification

Multinomial logistic regression

These methods models the probability of being in a class as a linear function of the predictor.

Number of observations

Predicted group

A

B

A

B

nA

nB

n11

n21

n12

n22

Evaluations of the Methods- Classification Table (confusion matrix)

Evaluations of the Methods

Apparent Error Rate (APER):

APER = # misclassified/Total # of cases

….underestimates the actual error rate.

Improved estimate of APER:

Holdout Method or cross validation

Number of Observations

Predicted Group

Setosa

Versicolor

Virginica

Setosa

Versicolor

Virginica

50

50

50

50

0

0

0

48

1

0

2

49

An Example: Fisher’s Iris DataTable 1: Linear Discriminant Analysis

(APER = 0.0200)

Number of Observations

Predicted Group

Setosa

Versicolor

Virginica

Setosa

Versicolor

Virginica

50

50

50

50

0

0

0

47

1

0

3

49

An Example: Fisher’s Iris DataAn Example: Fisher’s Iris Data

Table 1: Quadratic Discriminant Analysis

(APER = 0.0267)

Summary

- LDA is a powerful tool available for classification.
- Widely implemented through various software
- Theoretical properties well researched
- SAS implementation available for large data sets.

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