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1 Data Exploration Data Visualization

2 What is data exploration? A preliminary exploration of the data to better understand its characteristics. Key motivations of data exploration include Helping to select the right tool for preprocessing or analysis Making use of humans abilities to recognize patterns u People can recognize patterns not captured by data analysis tools Related to the area of Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) Created by statistician John Tukey Seminal book is Exploratory Data Analysis by Tukey A nice online introduction can be found in Chapter 1 of the NIST Engineering Statistics Handbook

3 Techniques Used In Data Exploration In EDA, as originally defined by Tukey The focus was on visualization Clustering and anomaly detection were viewed as exploratory techniques In data mining, clustering and anomaly detection are major areas of interest, and not thought of as just exploratory In our discussion of data exploration, we focus on Summary statistics Visualization Online Analytical Processing (OLAP)

4 Iris Sample Data Set Many of the exploratory data techniques are illustrated with the Iris Plant data set. Can be obtained from the UCI Machine Learning Repository From the statistician Douglas Fisher Three flower types (classes): u Setosa u Virginica u Versicolour Four (non-class) attributes u Sepal width and length u Petal width and length

5 Summary Statistics Summary statistics are numbers that summarize properties of the data Summarized properties include frequency, location and spread u Examples: location - mean spread - standard deviation Most summary statistics can be calculated in a single pass through the data

6 Frequency and Mode The frequency of an attribute value is the percentage of time the value occurs in the data set For example, given the attribute gender and a representative population of people, the gender female occurs about 50% of the time. The mode of a an attribute is the most frequent attribute value The notions of frequency and mode are typically used with categorical data

7 Percentiles For continuous data, the notion of a percentile is more useful. Given an ordinal or continuous attribute x and a number p between 0 and x p 100, the pth percentile is a value x p of x such that p% of the observed values of x are less than. x p For instance, the 50th percentile is the value x 50% such that 50% of all values of x are less than. x 50%

8 Measures of Location: Mean and Median The mean is the most common measure of the location of a set of points. However, the mean is very sensitive to outliers. Thus, the median or a trimmed mean is also commonly used.

9 Sample Mean and Median Histogram of bmi. Histogram of lwt. Histogram of WhiteMeat in the Protein data set. The mean and median are nearly equal since the histogram is Symmetric. The mean is shifted to the right of the median. Because the histogram is skewed to the right. Neither mean nor median is a good measurement for central tendency since the histogram is bimodal.

10 Measures of Spread: Range and Variance Range is the difference between the max and min The variance or standard deviation is the most common measure of the spread of a set of points. However, this is also sensitive to outliers, so that other measures are often used. Average Absolute Deviation (AAD), Median Absolute Deviation(MAD)

11 Variance and standard deviation The sample variance is a common measure of dispersion based on the squared deviations. The square root of the variance is called the sample standard deviation.

12 Variance and standard deviation

13 Visualization Visualization is the conversion of data into a visual or tabular format so that the characteristics of the data and the relationships among data items or attributes can be analyzed or reported. Visualization of data is one of the most powerful and appealing techniques for data exploration. Humans have a well developed ability to analyze large amounts of information that is presented visually Can detect general patterns and trends Can detect outliers and unusual patterns

14 Example: Sea Surface Temperature The following shows the Sea Surface Temperature (SST) for July 1982 Tens of thousands of data points are summarized in a single figure

15 Representation Is the mapping of information to a visual format Data objects, their attributes, and the relationships among data objects are translated into graphical elements such as points, lines, shapes, and colors. Example: Objects are often represented as points Their attribute values can be represented as the position of the points or the characteristics of the points, e.g., color, size, and shape If position is used, then the relationships of points, i.e., whether they form groups or a point is an outlier, is easily perceived.

16 Arrangement Is the placement of visual elements within a display Can make a large difference in how easy it is to understand the data Example:

17 Selection Is the elimination or the de-emphasis of certain objects and attributes Selection may involve the choosing a subset of attributes Dimensionality reduction is often used to reduce the number of dimensions to two or three Alternatively, pairs of attributes can be considered Selection may also involve choosing a subset of objects A region of the screen can only show so many points Can sample, but want to preserve points in sparse areas

18 Visualization Techniques: Histograms Histogram Usually shows the distribution of values of a single variable A histogram is similar to a bar graph after the values of the variable are grouped (binned) into a finite number of intervals (bins). Divide the values into bins and show a bar plot of the number of objects in each bin. The height of each bar indicates the number of objects Shape of histogram depends on the number of bins Example: Petal Width (10 and 20 bins, respectively)

19 Histograms Histograms for the three samples

20 Histograms The bar height for each interval could be set to its relative frequency p c = n c /n, or the percentage p c x100, of observations that fall into that interval. For histograms, however, it is more common to use the density instead of the relative frequency or percentage. The density is the relative frequency for a unit interval. It is obtained by dividing the relative frequency by the interval width: f c =p c /w c Here, p c = n c /n is the relative frequency with n c as the frequency of interval c and n as the total sample size. The width of interval c is denoted w c.

21 Histograms The frequency histogram for the numerical variable bmi in the Pima.tr data set. The height of the rectangles represent the frequency of the interval and sum to the total sample size n. Here, the values of the variable are divided into seven bins The density histogram for bmi from the Pima.tr data set. Here, the scale on the y-axis is density (not frequency). Once again, the values of bmi are divided into seven bins of width w = 5

22 Histograms Number of Bins: When creating a histogram, it is important to choose an appropriate value for w. Besides the location and spread of a distribution, the shape of a histogram also shows us how the observed values spread around the location. We say the following histogram is symmetric around its location (here, zero) since the densities are the [almost] same for any two intervals that are equally distant from the center.

23 Skewed histograms In many situations, we find that a histogram is stretched to the left or right. We call such histograms skewed. More specifically, we call them left-skewed if they are stretched to the left, or right-skewed if they are stretched to the right. Histogram of variable lwt in the birthwt data set. The histogram is rightskewed

24 Unimodal vs. bimodal The above histograms, whether symmetric or skewed, have one thing in common: they all have one peak (or mode). We call such histograms (and their corresponding distributions) unimodal. Sometimes histograms have multiple modes. The bimodal histogram appears to be a combination of two unimodal histograms. Indeed, in many situations bimodal histograms (and multimodal histograms in general) indicate that the underlying population is not homogeneous and may include two (or more in case of multimodal histograms) subpopulations.

25 Unimodal vs. bimodal Histogram of a bimodal distribution. A smooth curve is superimposed so that the two peaks are more evident Histogram of protein consumption in 25 European countries for white meat in Protein dataset. The histogram is bimodal, which indicates that the sample might be comprised of two subgroups

26 Histograms Histogram of variable lwt in the birthwt data set. The histogram is right-skewed Histogram of protein consumption in 25 European countries for white meat. The histogram is bimodal, which indicates that the sample might be comprised of two subgroups

27 Two-Dimensional Histograms Show the joint distribution of the values of two attributes Example: petal width and petal length What does this tell us?

28 Visualization Techniques: Box Plots Box Plots Invented by J. Tukey Another way of displaying the distribution of data Following figure shows the basic part of a box plot outlier 10 th percentile 75 th percentile 50 th percentile 25 th percentile 10 th percentile

29 Example of Box Plots Box plots can be used to compare attributes

30 Suspected Outliers: The 1.5 IQR Rule 30 In addition to serving as a measure of spread, the interquartile range (IQR) is used as part of a rule of thumb for identifying outliers. The 1.5 IQR Rule for Outliers Call an observation an outlier if it falls more than 1.5 IQR above the third quartile or below the first quartile. Anatomy of a Box and Whisker Diagram. Q1+-1.5IQR Lower Quartile Q1 Whisker Box Median Q2 Upper Quartile Q3 Highest Value Q3+1.5IQR Whisker

31 Boxplots Example Consider our NY travel times data. Construct a boxplot Min=5 Collection 5 Q 1 = 15 M = 22.5 Q 3 = 42.5 Max=85 This is an outlier by the 1.5 x IQR rule Box Plot TravelTime Q 1 = 15, Q 3 = 42.5, and IQR = IQR = 1.5(27.5) = Q IQR = = (near 0) Q IQR = = (~80) Any travel time close to 0 minutes or longer than about 80 minutes is considered an outlier.

32 Visualization Techniques: Scatter Plots Scatter plots Attributes values determine the position Two-dimensional scatter plots most common, but can have three-dimensional scatter plots Often additional attributes can be displayed by using the size, shape, and color of the markers that represent the objects It is useful to have arrays of scatter plots can compactly summarize the relationships of several pairs of attributes u See example on the next slide

33 Scatter Plot Array of Iris Attributes

34 Visualization Techniques: Contour Plots Contour plots Useful when a continuous attribute is measured on a spatial grid They partition the plane into regions of similar values The contour lines that form the boundaries of these regions connect points with equal values The most common example is contour maps of elevation Can also display temperature, rainfall, air pressure, etc. u An example for Sea Surface Temperature (SST) is provided on the next slide

35 Contour Plot Example: SST Dec, 1998 Celsius

36 Visualization Techniques: Matrix Plots Matrix plots Can plot the data matrix This can be useful when objects are sorted according to class Typically, the attributes are normalized to prevent one attribute from dominating the plot Plots of similarity or distance matrices can also be useful for visualizing the relationships between objects Examples of matrix plots are presented on the next two slides

37 Visualization of the Iris Data Matrix standard deviation

38 Visualization of the Iris Correlation Matrix

39 Visualization Techniques: Parallel Coordinates Parallel Coordinates Used to plot the attribute values of high-dimensional data Instead of using perpendicular axes, use a set of parallel axes The attribute values of each object are plotted as a point on each corresponding coordinate axis and the points are connected by a line Thus, each object is represented as a line Often, the lines representing a distinct class of objects group together, at least for some attributes Ordering of attributes is important in seeing such groupings

40 Parallel Coordinates Plots for Iris Data

41 Other Visualization Techniques Star Plots Similar approach to parallel coordinates, but axes radiate from a central point The line connecting the values of an object is a polygon Chernoff Faces Approach created by Herman Chernoff This approach associates each attribute with a characteristic of a face The values of each attribute determine the appearance of the corresponding facial characteristic Each object becomes a separate face Relies on human s ability to distinguish faces

42 Star Plots for Iris Data Setosa Versicolour Virginica

43 Chernoff Faces for Iris Data Setosa Versicolour Virginica

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