Naïve Bayesian Classifier in Python

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Python Program to Implement the Naïve Bayesian Classifier for Pima Indians Diabetes problem

Exp. No. 5.  Write a program to implement the Naïve Bayesian classifier for a sample training data set stored as a .CSV file. Compute the accuracy of the classifier, considering few test data sets.

Bayes’ Theorem is stated as:


P(h|D) is the probability of hypothesis h given the data D. This is called the posterior probability.

P(D|h) is the probability of data d given that the hypothesis h was true.

P(h) is the probability of hypothesis h being true. This is called the prior probability of h. P(D) is the probability of the data. This is called the prior probability of D

After calculating the posterior probability for a number of different hypotheses h, and is interested in finding the most probable hypothesis h ∈ H given the observed data D. Any such maximally probable hypothesis is called a maximum a posteriori (MAP) hypothesis.

Bayes theorem to calculate the posterior probability of each candidate hypothesis is hMAP is a MAP hypothesis provided.

(Ignoring P(D) since it is a constant)

Gaussian Naive Bayes

A Gaussian Naive Bayes algorithm is a special type of Naïve Bayes algorithm. It’s specifically used when the features have continuous values. It’s also assumed that all the features are following a Gaussian distribution i.e., normal distribution

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Representation for Gaussian Naive Bayes

We calculate the probabilities for input values for each class using a frequency. With real- valued inputs, we can calculate the mean and standard deviation of input values (x) for each class to summarize the distribution.

This means that in addition to the probabilities for each class, we must also store the mean and standard deviations for each input variable for each class.

Gaussian Naive Bayes Model from Data

The probability density function for the normal distribution is defined by two parameters (mean and standard deviation) and calculating the mean and standard deviation values of each input variable (x) for each class value.


The data set used in this program is the Pima Indians Diabetes problem.

This data set is comprised of 768 observations of medical details for Pima Indians patents. The records describe instantaneous measurements taken from the patient such as their age, the number of times pregnant and blood workup. All patients are women aged 21 or older. All attributes are numeric, and their units vary from attribute to attribute.

The attributes are Pregnancies, Glucose, BloodPressure, SkinThickness, Insulin, BMI, DiabeticPedigreeFunction, Age, Outcome

Each record has a class value that indicates whether the patient suffered an onset of diabetes within 5 years of when the measurements were taken (1) or not (0)

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Sample Examples:

ExamplesPregnanciesGlucoseBloodPressureSkinThicknessInsulinBMIDiabetic Pedigree FunctionAgeOutcome

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Python Program to Implement and Demonstrate Naïve Bayesian Classifier Machine Learning

import csv
import random
import math
def loadcsv(filename):
	lines = csv.reader(open(filename, "r"));
	dataset = list(lines)
	for i in range(len(dataset)):
       #converting strings into numbers for processing
		dataset[i] = [float(x) for x in dataset[i]]
	return dataset
def splitdataset(dataset, splitratio):
    #67% training size
	trainsize = int(len(dataset) * splitratio);
	trainset = []
	copy = list(dataset);    
	while len(trainset) < trainsize:
#generate indices for the dataset list randomly to pick ele for training data
		index = random.randrange(len(copy));       
	return [trainset, copy]
def separatebyclass(dataset):
	separated = {} #dictionary of classes 1 and 0 
#creates a dictionary of classes 1 and 0 where the values are 
#the instances belonging to each class
	for i in range(len(dataset)):
		vector = dataset[i]
		if (vector[-1] not in separated):
			separated[vector[-1]] = []
	return separated
def mean(numbers):
	return sum(numbers)/float(len(numbers))
def stdev(numbers):
	avg = mean(numbers)
	variance = sum([pow(x-avg,2) for x in numbers])/float(len(numbers)-1)
	return math.sqrt(variance)
def summarize(dataset): #creates a dictionary of classes
	summaries = [(mean(attribute), stdev(attribute)) for attribute in zip(*dataset)];
	del summaries[-1] #excluding labels +ve or -ve
	return summaries
def summarizebyclass(dataset):
	separated = separatebyclass(dataset); 
	summaries = {}
	for classvalue, instances in separated.items(): 
#for key,value in dic.items()
#summaries is a dic of tuples(mean,std) for each class value        
		summaries[classvalue] = summarize(instances) #summarize is used to cal to mean and std
	return summaries
def calculateprobability(x, mean, stdev):
	exponent = math.exp(-(math.pow(x-mean,2)/(2*math.pow(stdev,2))))
	return (1 / (math.sqrt(2*math.pi) * stdev)) * exponent
def calculateclassprobabilities(summaries, inputvector):
	probabilities = {} # probabilities contains the all prob of all class of test data
	for classvalue, classsummaries in summaries.items():#class and attribute information as mean and sd
		probabilities[classvalue] = 1
		for i in range(len(classsummaries)):
			mean, stdev = classsummaries[i] #take mean and sd of every attribute for class 0 and 1 seperaely
			x = inputvector[i] #testvector's first attribute
			probabilities[classvalue] *= calculateprobability(x, mean, stdev);#use normal dist
	return probabilities
def predict(summaries, inputvector): #training and test data is passed
	probabilities = calculateclassprobabilities(summaries, inputvector)
	bestLabel, bestProb = None, -1
	for classvalue, probability in probabilities.items():#assigns that class which has he highest prob
		if bestLabel is None or probability > bestProb:
			bestProb = probability
			bestLabel = classvalue
	return bestLabel
def getpredictions(summaries, testset):
	predictions = []
	for i in range(len(testset)):
		result = predict(summaries, testset[i])
	return predictions
def getaccuracy(testset, predictions):
	correct = 0
	for i in range(len(testset)):
		if testset[i][-1] == predictions[i]:
			correct += 1
	return (correct/float(len(testset))) * 100.0
def main():
	filename = 'naivedata.csv'
	splitratio = 0.67
	dataset = loadcsv(filename);
	trainingset, testset = splitdataset(dataset, splitratio)
	print('Split {0} rows into train={1} and test={2} rows'.format(len(dataset), len(trainingset), len(testset)))
	# prepare model
	summaries = summarizebyclass(trainingset);    
    # test model
	predictions = getpredictions(summaries, testset) #find the predictions of test data with the training data
	accuracy = getaccuracy(testset, predictions)
	print('Accuracy of the classifier is : {0}%'.format(accuracy))


Split 768 rows into train=514 and test=254

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Rows Accuracy of the classifier is : 71.65354330708661%


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