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The aim of the precrec package is to provide an integrated platform that enables robust performance evaluations of binary classifiers. Specifically, precrec offers accurate calculations of ROC (Receiver Operator Characteristics) and precision-recall curves. All the main calculations of precrec are implemented with C++/Rcpp.


Six key features of precrec

1. Accurate curve calculations

precrec provides accurate precision-recall curves.

precrec also calculates AUC scores with high accuracy.

2. Super fast

precrec calculates curves in a matter of seconds even for a fairly large dataset. It is much faster than most other tools that calculate ROC and precision-recall curves.

3. Various evaluation metrics

In addition to precision-recall and ROC curves, precrec offers basic evaluation measures.

4. Confidence interval band

precrec calculates confidence intervals when multiple test sets are given. It automatically shows confidence bands about the averaged curve in the corresponding plot.

5. Calculation of partial AUCs and visualization of partial curves

precrec calculates partial AUCs for specified x and y ranges. It can also draw partial ROC and precision-recall curves for the specified ranges.

6. Supporting functions

precrec provides several useful functions that lack in most other evaluation tools.



The precrec package provides the following six functions.

| Function | Description | | :------------------- | :--------------------------------------------------------- | | evalmod | Main function to calculate evaluation measures | | mmdata | Reformat input data for performance evaluation calculation | | join_scores | Join scores of multiple models into a list | | join_labels | Join observed labels of multiple test datasets into a list | | create_sim_samples | Create random samples for simulations | | format_nfold | Create n-fold cross validation dataset from data frame |

Moreover, the precrec package provides nine S3 generics for the S3 object created by the evalmod function. N.B. The R language specifies S3 objects and S3 generic functions as part of the most basic object-oriented system in R.

| S3 generic | Package | Description | | :------------ | :------- | :------------------------------------------------------------- | | print | base | Print the calculation results and the summary of the test data | | | base | Convert a precrec object to a data frame | | plot | graphics | Plot performance evaluation measures | | autoplot | ggplot2 | Plot performance evaluation measures with ggplot2 | | fortify | ggplot2 | Prepare a data frame for ggplot2 | | auc | precrec | Make a data frame with AUC scores | | part | precrec | Calculate partial curves and partial AUC scores | | pauc | precrec | Make a data frame with pAUC scores | | auc_ci | precrec | Calculate confidence intervals of AUC scores |


Following two examples show the basic usage of precrec functions.

ROC and Precision-Recall calculations

The evalmod function calculates ROC and Precision-Recall curves and returns an S3 object.


# Load a test dataset

# Calculate ROC and Precision-Recall curves
sscurves <- evalmod(scores = P10N10$scores, labels = P10N10$labels)

Visualization of the curves

The autoplot function outputs ROC and Precision-Recall curves by using the ggplot2 package.

# The ggplot2 package is required 

# Show ROC and Precision-Recall plots


Precrec: fast and accurate precision-recall and ROC curve calculations in R

Takaya Saito; Marc Rehmsmeier

Bioinformatics 2017; 33 (1): 145-147.

doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btw570

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precrec documentation built on April 6, 2021, 5:07 p.m.