If you are a Python programmer looking for a robust library to build machine learning models, a library that you will want to seriously consider is scikitlearn. In this scikit learn cheatsheet, you will get an overview of some of the most common features and tools available in the scikitlearn library, and this scikit learn cheatsheet will act like your go to scikit learn glossary.
Scikit Learn Cheatsheet
In this scikit learn cheat sheet, you will learn about:
 Scikit Learn Tool (A robust library available in Python)
 Dataset Loading (Different ways to load data into Scikit learn before building models)
 Data Representation (Different ways to represent the data in Scikit learn)
 Estimator API (One of the main APIs implemented by Scikitlearn)
 Linear regression (To extend linear models)
 Stochastic Gradient Descent (an optimization technique to train models)
 Anomaly Detection (To identify data points that do not fit well with the rest of the data in the dataset)
 KNN Learning (KNearest Neighbor (KNN)  a simple machine learning algorithm)
 Boosting Methods (To build an ensemble model in an incremental way)
 Clustering Methods (To find patterns among data samples and cluster them into groups)
Scikit Learn Tool
Scikit Learn is one of the most popular and robust libraries available in Python. It provides a number of efficient tools for machine learning and statistical modeling. This includes regression, clustering, classification, and dimensionality reduction via a consistent interface in Python. The library is mostly written in Python, but built upon NumPy, SciPy, and Matplotlib .
Dataset Loading
In order to build machine learning models, you need to first load your data into memory.
Packaged Datasets
Scikit Learn library comes with a lot of packaged datasets. These datasets are useful for getting a handle on a given algorithm or library feature before building your models.
Load from CSV
If you have a dataset as a CSV file on your local workstation or on a remote server, you can also load it directly onto Scikit Learn. From the prepared X and Y variables, you can start training a machine learning model.
Data Representation
Scikit Learn comes with multiple ways to represent data  like tables, feature matrix, or target array.
Data as Tables
Tables are the best way to represent data in Scikitlearn. It consists of a 2D grid of data with rows representing individual elements of the dataset and columns representing the quantities related to those individual elements.
Data as Feature Matrix
A feature matrix is a table layout that is stored in a variable X and assumed to be 2D with shape [n_samples, n_features]. It is mostly contained in a NumPy array or a Pandas DataFrame. Just like a table, the individual objects are described by the dataset and the features represent the distinct observations that describe each sample in a quantitative manner.
Data as Target Array
A target array or a label is denoted by the variable Y. It is usually 1D with length n_samples. It is mostly contained in the NumPy array or Pandas Series. Target arrays may contain both continuous numerical and discrete values.
Estimator API
Estimator API is one of the main APIs implemented by Scikitlearn. It provides a consistent interface for a wide range of ML applications that’s why all machine learning algorithms in ScikitLearn are implemented via Estimator API. The object that learns from the data (fitting the data) is an estimator. It can be used with any algorithm like classification, regression, clustering, or even with a transformer, that extracts useful features from raw data.
Generalized Linear Regression
Generalized Linear Models (GLM) extend linear models in two ways. The predicted values are first linked to a linear combination of the input variables using an inverse link function.
The squared loss function is then replaced by the unit deviance of the distribution in the exponential family.
The minimization problem is thus,
Where α is the L2 regularization penalty.
The following table consists of some specific EDMs and their unit deviance.
Stochastic Gradient Descent
Stochastic Gradient Descent (SGD) is an optimization technique that provides a way to train machine learning models. It can be applied to largescale and sparse machine learning problems which are often found in text classification and natural language processing.
Advantages of SGD:
 Efficient
 Easy to implement (lots of opportunities for code tuning).
Disadvantages of SGD:
 Requires a number of hyperparameters
 Sensitive to feature scaling
Anomaly Detection
Anomaly detection is used to identify data points that do not fit well with the rest of the data in the dataset. Anomalies or outliers can be divided into three categories:
 Point anomalies − Occurs if an individual data instance is considered anomalous with respect to the rest of the data.
 Contextual anomalies − Occurs if a data instance is anomalous in a specific context.
 Collective anomalies − Occurs if a collection of related data instances is anomalous with respect to the entire dataset rather than individual values.
There are two methods used for anomaly detection  outlier detection and novelty detection:
SNo 
Method 
Description 
1 
Outlier detection 

2 
Novelty detection 

KNN Learning
KNearest Neighbor (KNN) is one of the simplest machine learning algorithms. It does not require any training data points; the whole training data is used in the testing phase. The kNN algorithm consists of two steps:
Step 1: Compute and store the k nearest neighbors for each sample in the training set.
Step 2: Retrieve the k nearest neighbors from the dataset. Among these knearest neighbors, predict the class through voting.
The module sklearn.neighbors provides the functionality for unsupervised and supervised KNN learning methods.
Unsupervised KNN Learning
The sklearn.neighbors.NearestNeighbors module is used to implement unsupervised KNN learning. The following parameters are used in this module.
SNo 
Parameter 
Description 
1 
n_neighbors − int, optional 

2 
radius − float, optional 

3 
algorithm − {‘auto’, ‘ball_tree’, ‘kd_tree’, ‘brute’}, optional 

4 
leaf_size − int, optional 

5 
metric − string or callable 

6 
P − integer, optional 

7 
metric_params − dict, optional 

8 
N_jobs − int or None, optional 

Supervised KNN Learning
The supervised KNN learning is used for classification (for data with discrete labels) and regression (for data with continuous labels). There are two different types of nearest neighbor classifiers used by scikitlearn:
SNo 
Classifiers 
Description 
1. 


2. 

Boosting Methods
Boosting methods help you build an ensemble model in an incremental way by training each base model estimator sequentially. The sklearn.ensemble module has two boosting methods  AdaBoost and Gradient Tree Boosting.
AdaBoost
AdaBoost is a very successful boosting ensemble method that gives weights to the instances in the dataset.
Classification With AdaBoost
The sklearn.ensemble.AdaBoostClassifier is used to build a classifier in AdaBoost. The main parameter of this module is base_estimator, which is the value of the base estimator from which the boosted ensemble is built. If we set this parameter’s value to “none”, the base estimator would be DecisionTreeClassifier(max_depth=1).
Gradient Tree Boost
Gradient Tree Boost is a generalization of boosting to arbitrary differentiable loss functions. It can be used for any type of regression and classification problem. The main advantage of gradient tree boosting is that it can handle mixedtype data.
Classification With Gradient Tree Boost
The sklearn.ensemble.GradientBoostingClassifier is used to build the classifier in Gradient Tree Boost. The main parameter of this module is ‘loss’, which is the value of the loss function to be optimized.
 If we set this value to “deviance”, it refers to deviance for classification with probabilistic outputs.
 If we this value to “exponential”, it recovers the AdaBoost algorithm
Clustering Methods
Clustering methods are used to find similarities and relationship patterns among data samples and cluster them into groups having similarities based on features. The following clustering methods are available under the Scikitlearn library sklearn.cluster.
SNo 
Algorithm 
Parameters 
Scalability 
Metric Used 
1 
KMeans 
No. of clusters 
Very large n_samples 
The distance between points. 
2 
Affinity Propagation 
Damping 
It’s not scalable with n_samples 
Graph Distance 
3 
MeanShift 
Bandwidth 
It’s not scalable with n_samples. 
The distance between points. 
4 
Spectral Clustering 
No.of clusters 
Medium level of scalability with n_samples. Small level of scalability with n_clusters. 
Graph Distance 
5 
Hierarchical Clustering 
Distance threshold or No.of clusters 
Large n_samples Large n_clusters 
The distance between points. 
6 
DBSCAN 
Size of neighborhood 
Very large n_samples and medium n_clusters. 
Nearest point distance 
7 
OPTICS 
Minimum cluster membership 
Very large n_samples and large n_clusters. 
The distance between points. 
8 
BIRCH 
Threshold, Branching factor 
Large n_samples Large n_clusters 
The Euclidean distance between points. 
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