Abstract

In this vignette, we learn how to create and plot a confusion matrix from a set of classification predictions. The functions of interest are`evaluate()`

and `plot_confusion_matrix()`

. Contact the author at r-pkgs@ludvigolsen.dk

When inspecting a classification model’s performance, a confusion matrix tells you the distribution of the predictions and targets.

If we have two classes (0, 1), we have these 4 possible combinations of predictions and targets:

Target | Prediction | Called* |
---|---|---|

0 | 0 | True Negative |

0 | 1 | False Negative |

1 | 0 | False Positive |

1 | 1 | True Positive |

* Given that `1`

is the *positive* class.

For each combination, we can count how many times the model made *that* prediction for an observation with *that* target. This is often more useful than the various metrics, as it reveals any class imbalances and tells us which classes the model tend to *confuse*.

An accuracy score of 90% may, for instance, seem very high. Without the context though, this is impossible to judge. It may be, that the test set is so highly imbalanced that simply predicting the majority class yields such an accuracy. When looking at the confusion matrix, we discover many of such problems and gain a much better intuition about our model’s performance.

In this vignette, we will learn three approaches to making and plotting a confusion matrix. First, we will manually create it with the `table()`

function. Then, we will use the `evaluate()`

function from `cvms`

. This is our recommended approach in most use cases. Finally, we will use the `confusion_matrix()`

function from `cvms`

. All approaches result in a data frame with the counts for each combination. We will plot these with `plot_confusion_matrix()`

and make a few tweaks to the plot.

Let’s begin!

We will start with a binary classification example. For this, we create a data frame with targets and predictions:

Before taking the recommended approach, let’s first create the confusion matrix **manually**. Then, we will simplify the process with first `evaluate()`

and then `confusion_matrix()`

. In most cases, **we recommend that you use evaluate()**.

Given the simplicity of our data frame, we can quickly get a confusion matrix table with `table()`

:

In order to plot it with `ggplot2`

, we convert it to a data frame with `broom::tidy()`

:

```
cfm <- tidy(basic_table)
#> Warning: 'tidy.table' is deprecated.
#> See help("Deprecated")
cfm
#> # A tibble: 4 x 3
#> target prediction n
#> <chr> <chr> <int>
#> 1 0 0 15
#> 2 1 0 25
#> 3 0 1 17
#> 4 1 1 43
```

We can now plot it with `plot_confusion_matrix()`

:

In the middle of each tile, we have the *normalized count* (overall percentage) and, beneath it, the *count*.

At the bottom, we have the *column percentage*. Of all the observations where `Target`

is `1`

, 63.2% of them were predicted to be `1`

and 36.8% `0`

.

At the right side of each tile, we have the *row percentage*. Of all the observations where `Prediction`

is `1`

, 71.7% of them *were* actually `1`

, while 28.3% were `0`

.

Note that the color intensity is based on the counts.

Now, let’s use the `evaluate()`

function to evaluate the predictions and get the confusion matrix tibble:

`evaluate()`

```
eval <- evaluate(d_binomial,
target_col = "target",
prediction_cols = "prediction",
type = "binomial")
eval
#> # A tibble: 1 x 19
#> `Balanced Accur… Accuracy F1 Sensitivity Specificity `Pos Pred Value`
#> <dbl> <dbl> <dbl> <dbl> <dbl> <dbl>
#> 1 0.551 0.580 0.672 0.632 0.469 0.717
#> # … with 13 more variables: `Neg Pred Value` <dbl>, AUC <dbl>, `Lower
#> # CI` <dbl>, `Upper CI` <dbl>, Kappa <dbl>, MCC <dbl>, `Detection
#> # Rate` <dbl>, `Detection Prevalence` <dbl>, Prevalence <dbl>,
#> # Predictions <list>, ROC <named list>, `Confusion Matrix` <list>,
#> # Process <list>
```

The output contains the confusion matrix tibble:

```
conf_mat <- eval$`Confusion Matrix`[[1]]
conf_mat
#> # A tibble: 4 x 5
#> Prediction Target Pos_0 Pos_1 N
#> <chr> <chr> <chr> <chr> <int>
#> 1 0 0 TP TN 15
#> 2 1 0 FN FP 17
#> 3 0 1 FP FN 25
#> 4 1 1 TN TP 43
```

Compared to the manually created version, we have two extra columns, `Pos_0`

and `Pos_1`

. These describe whether the row is the **T**rue **P**ositive, **T**rue **N**egative, **F**alse **P**ositive, or **F**alse **N**egative, depending on which class (0 or 1) is the positive class.

Once again, we can plot it with `plot_confusion_matrix()`

:

`confusion_matrix()`

A third approach is to use the `confusion_matrix()`

function. It is a lightweight alternative to `evaluate()`

with fewer features. As a matter of fact, `evaluate()`

uses it internally! Let’s try it on a multiclass classification task.

Create a data frame with targets and predictions:

```
d_multi <- tibble("target" = floor(runif(100) * 3),
"prediction" = floor(runif(100) * 3))
d_multi
#> # A tibble: 100 x 2
#> target prediction
#> <dbl> <dbl>
#> 1 0 2
#> 2 0 0
#> 3 1 1
#> 4 0 1
#> 5 0 1
#> 6 1 2
#> 7 1 0
#> 8 0 2
#> 9 0 0
#> 10 2 1
#> # … with 90 more rows
```

Whereas `evaluate()`

takes a data frame as input, `confusion_matrix()`

takes a vector of targets and a vector of predictions:

```
conf_mat <- confusion_matrix(targets = d_multi$target,
predictions = d_multi$prediction)
conf_mat
#> # A tibble: 1 x 15
#> `Confusion Matr… Table `Class Level Re… `Overall Accura… `Balanced Accur…
#> <list> <lis> <list> <dbl> <dbl>
#> 1 <tibble [9 × 3]> <tab… <tibble [3 × 14… 0.34 0.502
#> # … with 10 more variables: F1 <dbl>, Sensitivity <dbl>, Specificity <dbl>,
#> # `Pos Pred Value` <dbl>, `Neg Pred Value` <dbl>, Kappa <dbl>, MCC <dbl>,
#> # `Detection Rate` <dbl>, `Detection Prevalence` <dbl>, Prevalence <dbl>
```

The output includes the confusion matrix tibble and related metrics.

Let’s plot the multiclass confusion matrix:

If we are interested in the *overall* distribution of predictions and targets, we can add a column to the right side of the plot with the row sums and a row at the bottom with the column sums. We refer to these as the *sum tiles*.

The tile in the corner contains the total count of data points.

`plot_confusion_matrix()`

Let’s explore how we can tweak the plot.

While the defaults of `plot_confusion_matrix()`

should (hopefully) be useful in most cases, it is very flexible. For instance, you may prefer to have the “Target” label at the bottom of the plot:

If we only want the counts in the middle of the tiles, we can disable the normalized counts (overall percentages):

We can choose one of the other available color palettes.

You can find the available *sequential* palettes at `?scale_fill_distiller`

.

When we have the sum tiles enabled, we can change the label to `Total`

, add a border around the total count tile and change the palette responsible for the color of the sum tiles. Here we use `sum_tile_settings()`

to quickly choose the settings we want:

```
plot_confusion_matrix(
conf_mat$`Confusion Matrix`[[1]],
add_sums = TRUE,
sums_settings = sum_tile_settings(
palette = "Oranges",
label = "Total",
tc_tile_border_color = "black"
)
)
```

Finally, let’s try tweaking the font settings for the counts. For this, we use the `font()`

helper function.

Let’s disable all the percentages and make the counts big, red and angled 45 degrees:

```
plot_confusion_matrix(
conf_mat$`Confusion Matrix`[[1]],
font_counts = font(
size = 10,
angle = 45,
color = "red"
),
add_normalized = FALSE,
add_col_percentages = FALSE,
add_row_percentages = FALSE
)
```

We could have chosen those settings as the defaults, but chose against it with a coin flip!

Now you know how to create and plot a confusion matrix with `cvms`

.