# 7. Metrics#

## 7.1. Classification metrics#

Currently, scikit-learn only offers the
`sklearn.metrics.balanced_accuracy_score`

(in 0.20) as metric to deal with
imbalanced datasets. The module `imblearn.metrics`

offers a couple of
other metrics which are used in the literature to evaluate the quality of
classifiers.

### 7.1.1. Sensitivity and specificity metrics#

Sensitivity and specificity are metrics which are well known in medical imaging. Sensitivity (also called true positive rate or recall) is the proportion of the positive samples which is well classified while specificity (also called true negative rate) is the proportion of the negative samples which are well classified. Therefore, depending of the field of application, either the sensitivity/specificity or the precision/recall pair of metrics are used.

Currently, only the precision and recall metrics
are implemented in scikit-learn. `sensitivity_specificity_support`

,
`sensitivity_score`

, and `specificity_score`

add the possibility to
use those metrics.

### 7.1.2. Additional metrics specific to imbalanced datasets#

The `geometric_mean_score`

[BSanchezGR03, KM+97] is the root of the product
of class-wise sensitivity. This measure tries to maximize the accuracy on each
of the classes while keeping these accuracies balanced.

The `make_index_balanced_accuracy`

[GarciaSanchezM12] can
wrap any metric and give more importance to a specific class using the
parameter `alpha`

.

### 7.1.3. Macro-Averaged Mean Absolute Error (MA-MAE)#

Ordinal classification is used when there is a rank among classes, for example levels of functionality or movie ratings.

The `macro_averaged_mean_absolute_error`

[EBS09] is used
for imbalanced ordinal classification. The mean absolute error is computed for
each class and averaged over classes, giving an equal weight to each class.

### 7.1.4. Summary of important metrics#

The `classification_report_imbalanced`

will compute a set of metrics per
class and summarize it in a table. The parameter `output_dict`

allows to get a
string or a Python dictionary. This dictionary can be reused to create a Pandas
dataframe for instance.

The bottom row (i.e “avg/total”) contains the weighted average by the support (i.e column “sup”) of each column.

Note that the weighted average of the class recalls is also known as the classification accuracy.

## 7.2. Pairwise metrics#

The `imblearn.metrics.pairwise`

submodule implements pairwise distances
that are available in scikit-learn while used in some of the methods in
imbalanced-learn.

### 7.2.1. Value Difference Metric#

The class `ValueDifferenceMetric`

is
implementing the Value Difference Metric proposed in
[SW86]. This measure is used to compute the proximity
of two samples composed of only categorical values.

Given a single feature, categories with similar correlation with the target
vector will be considered closer. Let’s give an example to illustrate this
behaviour as given in [WM97]. `X`

will be represented by a
single feature which will be some color and the target will be if a sample is
whether or not an apple:

```
>>> import numpy as np
>>> X = np.array(["green"] * 10 + ["red"] * 10 + ["blue"] * 10).reshape(-1, 1)
>>> y = ["apple"] * 8 + ["not apple"] * 5 + ["apple"] * 7 + ["not apple"] * 9 + ["apple"]
```

In this dataset, the categories “red” and “green” are more correlated to the
target `y`

and should have a smaller distance than with the category “blue”.
We should this behaviour. Be aware that we need to encode the `X`

to work with
numerical values:

```
>>> from sklearn.preprocessing import OrdinalEncoder
>>> encoder = OrdinalEncoder(dtype=np.int32)
>>> X_encoded = encoder.fit_transform(X)
```

Now, we can compute the distance between three different samples representing the different categories:

```
>>> from imblearn.metrics.pairwise import ValueDifferenceMetric
>>> vdm = ValueDifferenceMetric().fit(X_encoded, y)
>>> X_test = np.array(["green", "red", "blue"]).reshape(-1, 1)
>>> X_test_encoded = encoder.transform(X_test)
>>> vdm.pairwise(X_test_encoded)
array([[0. , 0.04, 1.96],
[0.04, 0. , 1.44],
[1.96, 1.44, 0. ]])
```

We see that the minimum distance happen when the categories “red” and “green” are compared. Whenever comparing with “blue”, the distance is much larger.

**Mathematical formulation**

The distance between feature values of two samples is defined as:

where and are two samples and a given feature, is the number of classes, is the conditional probability that the output class is given that the feature value has the value and an exponent usually defined to 1 or 2.

The distance for the feature vectors and is subsequently defined as:

where is the number of feature and an exponent usually defined equal to 1 or 2.