Plot the decision surface of decision trees trained on the iris dataset

Plot the decision surface of a decision tree trained on pairs of features of the iris dataset.

See decision tree for more information on the estimator.

For each pair of iris features, the decision tree learns decision boundaries made of combinations of simple thresholding rules inferred from the training samples.

We also show the tree structure of a model built on all of the features.

First load the copy of the Iris dataset shipped with scikit-learn:

from sklearn.datasets import load_iris

iris = load_iris()

Display the decision functions of trees trained on all pairs of features.

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

from sklearn.datasets import load_iris
from sklearn.tree import DecisionTreeClassifier
from sklearn.inspection import DecisionBoundaryDisplay

# Parameters
n_classes = 3
plot_colors = "ryb"
plot_step = 0.02

for pairidx, pair in enumerate([[0, 1], [0, 2], [0, 3], [1, 2], [1, 3], [2, 3]]):
    # We only take the two corresponding features
    X =[:, pair]
    y =

    # Train
    clf = DecisionTreeClassifier().fit(X, y)

    # Plot the decision boundary
    ax = plt.subplot(2, 3, pairidx + 1)
    plt.tight_layout(h_pad=0.5, w_pad=0.5, pad=2.5)

    # Plot the training points
    for i, color in zip(range(n_classes), plot_colors):
        idx = np.where(y == i)
            X[idx, 0],
            X[idx, 1],

plt.suptitle("Decision surface of decision trees trained on pairs of features")
plt.legend(loc="lower right", borderpad=0, handletextpad=0)
_ = plt.axis("tight")
Decision surface of decision trees trained on pairs of features

Display the structure of a single decision tree trained on all the features together.

from sklearn.tree import plot_tree

clf = DecisionTreeClassifier().fit(,
plot_tree(clf, filled=True)
plt.title("Decision tree trained on all the iris features")
Decision tree trained on all the iris features

Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 0.636 seconds)

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