Nearest Centroid Classification

Sample usage of Nearest Centroid classification. It will plot the decision boundaries for each class.

  • 3-Class classification (shrink_threshold=None)
  • 3-Class classification (shrink_threshold=0.2)
None 0.8133333333333334
0.2 0.82

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
from matplotlib.colors import ListedColormap

from sklearn import datasets
from sklearn.inspection import DecisionBoundaryDisplay
from sklearn.neighbors import NearestCentroid

# import some data to play with
iris = datasets.load_iris()
# we only take the first two features. We could avoid this ugly
# slicing by using a two-dim dataset
X =[:, :2]
y =

# Create color maps
cmap_light = ListedColormap(["orange", "cyan", "cornflowerblue"])
cmap_bold = ListedColormap(["darkorange", "c", "darkblue"])

for shrinkage in [None, 0.2]:
    # we create an instance of Nearest Centroid Classifier and fit the data.
    clf = NearestCentroid(shrink_threshold=shrinkage), y)
    y_pred = clf.predict(X)
    print(shrinkage, np.mean(y == y_pred))

    _, ax = plt.subplots()
        clf, X, cmap=cmap_light, ax=ax, response_method="predict"

    # Plot also the training points
    plt.scatter(X[:, 0], X[:, 1], c=y, cmap=cmap_bold, edgecolor="k", s=20)
    plt.title("3-Class classification (shrink_threshold=%r)" % shrinkage)

Total running time of the script: (0 minutes 0.161 seconds)

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