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This function is able to calculate a series of classification evaluation statistics given two vectors: one with the true target variable values, and the other with the predicted target variable values. Some of the metrics may require additional information to be given (see Details section).

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`trues` |
A vector or factor with the true values of the target variable. |

`preds` |
A vector or factor with the predicted values of the target variable. |

`metrics` |
A vector with the names of the evaluation statistics to calculate (see Details section). If none is indicated (default) it will calculate all available metrics. |

`benMtrx` |
An optional cost/benefit matrix with numeric values representing the benefits (positive values) and costs (negative values) for all combinations of predicted and true values of the nominal target variable of the task. In this context, the matrix should have the dimensions C x C, where C is the number of possible class values of the classification task. Benefits (positive values) should be on the diagonal of the matrix (situations where the true and predicted values are equal, i.e. the model predicted the correct class and thus should be rewarded for that), whilst costs (negative values) should be on all positions outside of the diagonal of the matrix (situations where the predicted value is different from the true class value and thus the model should incur on a cost for this wrong prediction). The function assumes the rows of the matrix are the predicted values while the columns are the true class values. |

`allCls` |
An optional vector with the possible values of the nominal target variable, i.e. a vector with the classes of the problem. The default of this parameter is to infer these values from the given vector of true and predicted values values. However, if these are small vectors (e.g. you are evaluating your model on a small test set), it may happen that not all possible class values occur in this vector and this will potentially create problems in the sub-sequent calculations. Moreover, even if the vector is not small, for highly unbalanced classification tasks, this problem may still occur. In these contexts, it is safer to specifically indicate the possible class values through this parameter. |

`posClass` |
An optional string with the name of the class (a value of the target
nominal variable) that should be considered the "positive" class. This
is used typically on two class problems where one of the classes is
more relevant than the other (the positive class). It will default to
the first value of the vector of possible classes ( |

`beta` |
An optional number for the value of the Beta parameter in the calulation of the F-measure (defaults to 1 that corresponds to giving equal relevance to precision and recall in the calculation of the F score). |

In the following description of the currently available metrics we denote the vector of true target variable values as t, the vector of predictions by p, while n denotes the size of these two vectors, i.e. the number of test cases. Furthermore we will denote the number of classes (different values of the target nominal variable) as C. For problems with only two classes, where one is considered the "positive" class we will use some extra notation, namely: TP = #p == + & t == + ; FP = #p == + & t == - ; TN = #p == - & t == -; FN = #p == - & t == + ; P = #t == + ; N = #t == -; Finally, for some descriptions we will use the concept of confusion matrix (CM). This is a C x C square matrix where entry CM[i,j] contains the number of times (for a certain test set) some model predicted class i for a true class value of j, i.e. rows of this matrix represent predicted values and columns true values. We will also refer to cost/benefit matrices (or utility matrices) that have the same structure (squared C x C) where entry CB[i,j] represents the cost/benefit of predicting a class i for a true class of j.

The currently available classification performance metrics are:

"acc": sum(I(t_i == p_i))/n, where I() is an indicator function given 1 if its argument is true and 0 otherwise. Note that "acc" is a value in the interval [0,1], 1 corresponding to all predictions being correct.

"err": the error rate, calculated as 1 - "acc"

"totU": this is a metric that takes into consideration not only
the fact that the predictions are correct or not, but also the costs or
benefits of these predictions. As mentioned above it assumes that the
user provides a fully specified cost/benefit matrix though parameter `benMtrx`

, with
benefits corresponding to correct predictions, i.e. where t_i ==
p_i, while costs correspond to erroneous predictions. These matrices are C x C square matrices, where C is the
number of possible values of the nominal target variable (i.e. the
number of classes). The entry benMtrx[x, y] represents the utility (a cost if x != y) of the model predicting x for a true value of y. The diagonal of these matrices corresponds to the
correct predictions (t_i == p_i) and should have positive values
(benefits). The positions outside of the diagonal correspond to
prediction errors and should have negative values (costs). The "totU"
measures the total Utility (sum of the costs and benefits) of the
predictions of a classification model. It is calculated as
sum(CB[p_i,t_j] * CM[p_i,t_j) where CB is a cost/benefit matrix and CM
is a confusion matrix.

"fpr": false positives rate, is a metric applicable to two classes tasks that measures the proportion of times the model forecasted a positive class when it should not and it is given by FP/N

"fnr": false negatives rate, is a metric applicable to two classes tasks that measures the proportion of times the model forecasted a negative class when it should not, and it is given by FN/P

"tpr": true positives rate, is a metric applicable to two classes tasks that measures the proportion of times the model forecasted a positive class for the positive test cases, and it is given by TP/P

"tnr": true negatives rate, is a metric applicable to two classes tasks that measures the proportion of times the model forecasted a negative class for the negative test cases, and it is given by TN/N

"rec": recall, it is equal to the true positive rate ("tpr")

"sens": sensitivity, it is equal to the true positive rate ("tpr")

"spec": specificity, it is equal to the true negative rate ("tnr")

"prec": precision, it is a metric applicable to two classes tasks that measures the proportion of times the model forecasted a positive class and it was correct, and it is given by TP/(TP+FP)

"ppv": predicted positive value, it is equal to the precision ("prec")

"fdr": false discovery rate, it is a metric applicable to two classes tasks that is given by FP/(TP+FP)

"npv": negative predicted value, it is a metric applicable to two classes tasks that is given by TN/(TN+FN)

"for": false omission rate, it is a metric applicable to two classes tasks that is given by FN/(TN+FN)

"plr": positive likelihood ratio, it is a metric applicable to two classes tasks that is given by "tpr"/"fpr"

"nlr": negative likelihood ratio, it is a metric applicable to two classes tasks that is given by "fnr"/"tnr"

"dor": diagnostic odds ratio, it is a metric applicable to two classes tasks that is given by "plr"/"nlr"

"rpp": rate of positive predictions, it is a metric applicable to two classes tasks that measures the proportion of times the model forecasted a positive class, and it is given by (TP+FP)/N

"lift": lift, it is a metric applicable to two classes tasks and it is given by TP/P/(TP+FP) or equivalently TP/(P*TP+P*FP)

"F": the F-nmeasure, it is a metric applicable to two classes tasks that considers both the values of precision and recall weighed by a parameter Beta (defaults to 1 corresponding to equal weights to both), and it is given by (1+Beta^2)*("prec" * "rec") / ( (Beta^2 * "prec") + "rec")

"microF": micro-averaged F-measure, it is equal to accuracy ("acc")

"macroF": macro-averaged F-measure, it is the average of the F-measure scores calculated by making the positive class each of the possible class values in turn

"macroRec": macro-averaged recall, it is the average recall by making the positive class each of the possible class values in turn

"macroPrec": macro-averaged precision, it is the average precision by making the positive class each of the possible class values in turn

A named vector with the calculated statistics.

1. In case you require "totU" to be calculated you must supply a
cost/benefit matrix through parameter `benMtrx`

.

2. If not all possible class values are present in the vector of true
values in parameter `trues`

, you should provide a vector
with all the possible class values in parameter `allCls`

.

Luis Torgo ltorgo@dcc.fc.up.pt

Torgo, L. (2014) *An Infra-Structure for Performance
Estimation and Experimental Comparison of Predictive Models in R*. arXiv:1412.0436 [cs.MS]
http://arxiv.org/abs/1412.0436

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## Not run:
library(DMwR)
## Calculating several statistics of a classification tree on the Iris data
data(iris)
idx <- sample(1:nrow(iris),100)
train <- iris[idx,]
test <- iris[-idx,]
tree <- rpartXse(Species ~ .,train)
preds <- predict(tree,test,type='class')
## Calculate the error rate
classificationMetrics(test$Species,preds)
## Calculate the all possible error metrics
classificationMetrics(test$Species,preds)
## Now trying calculating the utility of the predictions
cbM <- matrix(c(10,-20,-20,-20,20,-10,-20,-10,20),3,3)
classificationMetrics(test$Species,preds,"totU",cbM)
## End(Not run)
``` |

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