"""
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Comparison of F-test and mutual information
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This example illustrates the differences between univariate F-test statistics
and mutual information.
We consider 3 features x_1, x_2, x_3 distributed uniformly over [0, 1], the
target depends on them as follows:
y = x_1 + sin(6 * pi * x_2) + 0.1 * N(0, 1), that is the third features is
completely irrelevant.
The code below plots the dependency of y against individual x_i and normalized
values of univariate F-tests statistics and mutual information.
As F-test captures only linear dependency, it rates x_1 as the most
discriminative feature. On the other hand, mutual information can capture any
kind of dependency between variables and it rates x_2 as the most
discriminative feature, which probably agrees better with our intuitive
perception for this example. Both methods correctly marks x_3 as irrelevant.
"""
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from sklearn.feature_selection import f_regression, mutual_info_regression
np.random.seed(0)
X = np.random.rand(1000, 3)
y = X[:, 0] + np.sin(6 * np.pi * X[:, 1]) + 0.1 * np.random.randn(1000)
f_test, _ = f_regression(X, y)
f_test /= np.max(f_test)
mi = mutual_info_regression(X, y)
mi /= np.max(mi)
plt.figure(figsize=(15, 5))
for i in range(3):
plt.subplot(1, 3, i + 1)
plt.scatter(X[:, i], y, edgecolor="black", s=20)
plt.xlabel("$x_{}$".format(i + 1), fontsize=14)
if i == 0:
plt.ylabel("$y$", fontsize=14)
plt.title("F-test={:.2f}, MI={:.2f}".format(f_test[i], mi[i]), fontsize=16)
plt.show()