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sklearn.metrics.f1_score(y_true, y_pred, labels=None, pos_label=1, average='binary', sample_weight=None)[source]

Compute the F1 score, also known as balanced F-score or F-measure

The F1 score can be interpreted as a weighted average of the precision and recall, where an F1 score reaches its best value at 1 and worst score at 0. The relative contribution of precision and recall to the F1 score are equal. The formula for the F1 score is:

F1 = 2 * (precision * recall) / (precision + recall)

In the multi-class and multi-label case, this is the weighted average of the F1 score of each class.


y_true : 1d array-like, or label indicator array / sparse matrix

Ground truth (correct) target values.

y_pred : 1d array-like, or label indicator array / sparse matrix

Estimated targets as returned by a classifier.

labels : array

Integer array of labels.

pos_label : str or int, 1 by default

The class to report if average='binary'. Until version 0.18 it is necessary to set pos_label=None if seeking to use another averaging method over binary targets.

average : string, [None, ‘binary’ (default), ‘micro’, ‘macro’, ‘samples’, ‘weighted’]

This parameter is required for multiclass/multilabel targets. If None, the scores for each class are returned. Otherwise, this determines the type of averaging performed on the data:


Only report results for the class specified by pos_label. This is applicable only if targets (y_{true,pred}) are binary.


Calculate metrics globally by counting the total true positives, false negatives and false positives.


Calculate metrics for each label, and find their unweighted mean. This does not take label imbalance into account.


Calculate metrics for each label, and find their average, weighted by support (the number of true instances for each label). This alters ‘macro’ to account for label imbalance; it can result in an F-score that is not between precision and recall.


Calculate metrics for each instance, and find their average (only meaningful for multilabel classification where this differs from accuracy_score).

Note that if pos_label is given in binary classification with average != ‘binary’, only that positive class is reported. This behavior is deprecated and will change in version 0.18.

sample_weight : array-like of shape = [n_samples], optional

Sample weights.


f1_score : float or array of float, shape = [n_unique_labels]

F1 score of the positive class in binary classification or weighted average of the F1 scores of each class for the multiclass task.


[R161]Wikipedia entry for the F1-score


>>> from sklearn.metrics import f1_score
>>> y_true = [0, 1, 2, 0, 1, 2]
>>> y_pred = [0, 2, 1, 0, 0, 1]
>>> f1_score(y_true, y_pred, average='macro')  
>>> f1_score(y_true, y_pred, average='micro')  
>>> f1_score(y_true, y_pred, average='weighted')  
>>> f1_score(y_true, y_pred, average=None)
array([ 0.8,  0. ,  0. ])

Examples using sklearn.metrics.f1_score