FAQ: Logistic Regression - Scikit-Learn

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Can you please explain when to use .predict() vs. .predict_proba() in question 4 and question 6? What keywords should I see in the questions to help me know when to use the correct method?

the keyword you are looking for here is ‘probability’.

Use model to predict the probability that each student will pass the final exam, and save the probabilities to passed_predictions.

Since .predict() will only give you 0 or 1 (pass or no pass), you can’t extract the probability information from it, so using predict_proba would be better.

.predict_proba() will output the probability for 0 and for 1, side by side… like this:

[0.92251808 0.07748192]
 [0.92251808 0.07748192]
 [0.86790976 0.13209024]

for the first and second line, it means that the probability for 0 is 92% and for 1 is 8% (rounded values);
third line, 0 = 87%, 1 = 13%… and so on.


Excellent. Thank you so much for clarifying this topic.

I wrote the code in Steps 1 and 2 as follows:

model = LogisticRegression()
model.fit(hours_studied_scaled, passed_exam)

However, the following message is displayed and I didn’t get passed Step 2.

Did you use .fit() to train the model on hours_studied_scaled as the training data and passed_exam as the labels?

Did I make a mistake? Or should this be reported as a bug?

After displaying the solution with the “View Solution” button, copying the code, resetting the exercise with the “Reset Exercise (alt + g)” button, and pasted the copied code. Still I didn’t pass Step 2. It must be a bug, so I reported it.

Per the lesson, with our own data we’ll need to normalize the data using Regularization. Will that be taught here? If not, how do we learn when and how to do that?

Logistic Regression requires normalized feature data due to a technique called Regularization that it uses under the hood. Regularization is out of the scope of this lesson,

You can see the Normalization topic in the Linear Regression excercises.

Evaluating and Improving Your Model | Codecademy

They used the Z-score Normalization. I don’t know if there is a sklearn function so instead I created the following one:

def z_score(array):
mean = np.mean(array)
sd = np.std(array)
z_normal = (array - mean) / sd
return z_normal

The code is correct and worked perfectly for me. maybe the bug you reported was corrected. thanks.