In this guide, we’ll cover how accuracy statisics are calculated for FFTs. Most of these measures are not specific to FFTs and can be used for any classification algorithm.

First, let’s look at the accuracy statistics from a heart disease FFT:

```
# Create an FFTrees object predicting heart disease
heart.fft <- FFTrees(formula = diagnosis ~.,
data = heartdisease)
plot(heart.fft)
```

You’ll notice a 2 x 2 table in the bottom-left hand side of the plot. This is a *2 x 2 Confusion Table* Wikipedia. All accuracy measures can be derived from this table. Here is a generic version of a confusion table:

The table cross-tabulates the decisions of the algorithm (rows) with actual criterion values (columns) and contains counts of observations for all four resulting cells. Counts in cells a and d refer to correct decisions due to the match between predicted and criterion values, whereas counts in cells b and c refer to errors due to the mismatch between predicted and criterion values. Both correct decisions and errors come in two types: Cell *hi* represents hits, positive criterion values correctly predicted to be positive, and cell *cr* represents correct rejections, negative criterion values correctly predicted to be negative. As for errors, cell *fa* represents false alarms, negative criterion values erroneously predicted to be positive, and cell *mi* represents misses, positive criterion values erroneously predicted to be negative. Given this structure, an accurate decision algorithm aims to maximize the frequencies in cells *hi* and *cr* while minimizing those in cells *fa* and *mi*.

Output | Description | Formula |
---|---|---|

hi | Number of hits | \(N(Decision = 1 \land Truth = 1)\)) |

mi | Number of misses | \(N(Decision = 0 \land Truth = 1)\)) |

fa | Number of false-alarms | \(N(Decision = 1 \land Truth = 0)\)) |

cr | Number of correct rejections | \(N(Decision = 0 \land Truth = 0)\)) |

n | Total number of cases | \(hi + mi + fa + cr\) |

The first set of accuracy statistics are based on subsets of the data, conditional on either algorithm decisions (positive predictive value and negative predictive value), or criterion values (sensitivity and specificity). In other words, they are based on either rows or columns of the confusion table:

Output | Description | Formula |
---|---|---|

sens | Sensitivity | \(p(Decision = 1 \vert Truth = 1) = hi / (hi + mi)\) |

spec | Specificity | \(p(Decision = 0 \vert Truth = 0) = cr / (cr + fa)\) |

far | False alarm rate | \(1 - spec\) |

ppv | Positive predictive value | \(p(Truth = 1 \vert Decision = 1) = hi / (hi + fa)\) |

npv | Negative predictive value | \(p(Truth = 0 \vert Decision = 0) = cr / (cr + mi)\) |

Sensitivity (aka., hit-rate) is defined as \(sens = hi/(hi+mi)\) and represents the percentage of cases with positive criterion values that were correctly predicted by the algorithm. Similarly, specificity (aka., correct rejection rate, or the compliment of the false alarm rate) is defined as \(spec = cr/(fa + cr)\) and represents the percentage of cases with negative criterion values correctly predicted by the algorithm.

Positive-predictive value \(ppv\) and negative predictive value \(npv\) are the flip-side of \(sens\) and \(spec\) as they are conditional accuracies based on decisions (not on true criterion values).

The next accuracy statistics are based on all four cells in the confusion table.

Output | Description | Formula |
---|---|---|

acc | Accuracy | \((hi + cr) / (hi + mi + fa + cr)\) |

bacc | Balanced accuracy | \(sens \times .5 + spec \times .5\) |

wacc | Weighted accuracy | \(sens \times w + spec \times w\) |

bpv | Balanced predictive value | \(ppv \times .5 + npv \times .5\) |

dprime | D-prime | \(zsens - zfar\) |

Overall accuracy (`acc`

) is defined as the overall percentage of correct decisions ignoring the difference between hits and correct rejections. \(bacc\) and \(wacc\) are averages of sensitivity and specificity, whlie \(bpv\) is an average of predictive value. \(dprime\) is the difference in standardized (z-score) transformed \(sens\) and \(far\)

The next two statistics measure the speed and frugality of a fast-and-frugal tree. Unlike the accuracy statistics above, they are *not* based on the confusion table. Rather, they depend on how much information the trees use to make decisions.

Output | Description | Formula |
---|---|---|

mcu | Mean cues used: Average number of cue values used in making classifications, averaged across all cases | |

pci | Percentage of cues ignored: Percentage of cues ignored when classifying cases | \(N(CuesInData) - mcu\) |

To see exactly where these statistics come from, let’s look at the results for `heart.fft`

(FFT #1):

`heart.fft`

```
## FFT #1 predicts diagnosis using 3 cues: {thal,cp,ca}
##
## [1] If thal = {rd,fd}, predict True.
## [2] If cp != {a}, predict False.
## [3] If ca <= 0, predict False, otherwise, predict True.
##
## train
## cases :n 303.00
## speed :mcu 1.73
## frugality :pci 0.88
## accuracy :acc 0.81
## weighted :wacc 0.81
## sensitivity :sens 0.85
## specificity :spec 0.77
##
## pars: algorithm = 'ifan', goal = 'wacc', goal.chase = 'bacc', sens.w = 0.5, max.levels = 4
```

According to this output, FFT #1 has \(mcu = 1.73\) and \(pci = 0.88\). You can easily calculate these measures directly from the `x$levelout`

output from an `FFTrees`

object. This object contains the level (i.e., node) where each case was classified:

```
# A vector of nodes at which each case was classified in FFT #1
heart.fft$levelout$train[,1]
```

```
## [1] 1 3 1 2 2 2 3 3 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 3 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 3 1 2 1 2 1 2
## [36] 3 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 3 1 2 1 2 2 2 1 3 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 2
## [71] 2 1 1 1 3 2 1 2 2 1 3 3 2 1 2 2 2 2 3 2 3 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 3 3 2 3 2 1
## [106] 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 3 2 2 1 1 1 2
## [141] 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 1 3 1 1 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 3 2 3 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 3 3 1
## [176] 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 3 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 3 2 3 2 3 2 2 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3
## [211] 2 1 2 1 3 1 2 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 3 2 3 2 3 3 2 3 2 2 2 3 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 2 2
## [246] 3 1 3 1 2 1 1 1 2 3 2 3 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 3 1 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 2 1 2 2 2 3
## [281] 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2
```

Now, to calculate \(mcu\) (mean cues used), we simply take the mean of this vector:

```
# Calculate the mean (this is mcu)
mean(heart.fft$levelout$train[,1])
```

`## [1] 1.73`

Now that we know where \(mcu\) comes from, \(pci\) is easy: it’s just the total number of cues in the dataset minus \(mcu\) divided by the total number of cues in the data:

```
# Calculate pci (percent cues ignored) directly:
# (N.Cues - mcu) / (N.Cues)
(ncol(heartdisease) - heart.fft$tree.stats$train$mcu[1]) / ncol(heartdisease)
```

`## [1] 0.876`

Cost statistics are generated by sum of outcomes times user specified costs for those outcomes:

Output | Description | Formula |
---|---|---|

cost | Algorithm cost | \(hi \times cost_{hi} + mi \times cost_{mi} + fa \times cost_{fa} + cr \times cost_{cr}\) |