Sometimes we need to "compress" our data to speed up algorithms or to visualize data. One way is to use

**dimensionality reduction**which is the process of reducing the number of random variables under consideration by obtaining a set of principal variables. We can think of 2 approaches:**Feature selection**: find a subset of the input variables.

**Feature projection**(also*Feature extraction*): transforms the data in the high-dimensional space to a space of fewer dimensions.**PCA**is one of the methods following this approach.

**Questions**: How can we choose the

**green arrows**like in Figure 1 and 2 (their

**directions**and their

**magnitudes**)?

From a data points, there are many ways of projections, for examples,

Intuitively, the green line is better with more separated points. But how can we choose it "mathematically" (precisely)? We need to know about:

**Mean**: finds the most balanced point in the data.

**Variance**: measures the spread of data from the mean. However, variance is not enough. There are many different ways in that we get the same variance.

**Covariance**: indicates the direction in that data are spreading.

- Subtract the mean to move to the original axes.

- From the original data (a lot of features ), we construct a
**covariance matrix**.

- Find the
**eigenvalues**{:.tbrown} and correspondent**eigenvectors**of that matrix (we call them**eigenstuffs**). Choose couples and (the highest eigenvalues) and we get a reduced matrix .

- Projection original data points to the -dimensional plane created based on these new
*eigenstuffs*. This step creates new data points on a new dimensional space ().

- Now, instead of solving the original problem ( features), we only need to solve a new problem with features ().

```
1from sklearn.decomposition import PCA
2
3s = np.array([...])
4pca = PCA(n_components=150, whiten=True, random_state=42)
5# pca.fit(s)
6s1 = pca.fit_transform(s)
7
8print (pca.components_) # eigenvectors
9print (pca.explained_variance_) # eigenvalues
```

Some notable components (see full):

`pca.fit(X)`

: only fit`X`

(and then we can use`pca`

for other operations).

`pca.fit_transform(X)`

: Fit the model with`X`

and apply the dimensionality reduction on`X`

(from`(n_samples, n_features)`

to`(n_samples, n_components)`

).

`pca.inverse_transform(s1)`

: transform`s1`

back to original data space (2D) - not back to`s`

!!!

`pca1.mean_`

: mean point of the data.

`pca.components_`

: eigenvectors (`n_components`

vectors).

`pca.explained_variance_`

: eigenvalues. It's also the amount of retained variance which is corresponding to**each**components.

`pca.explained_variance_ratio_`

: the**percentage**in that variance is retained if we consider on**each**component.

Some notable parameters:

`n_components=0.80`

: means it will return the Eigenvectors that have the 80% of the variation in the dataset.

**Remark!**When choosing the number of principal components (), we choose to be the smallest value so that for example, of variance, is retained. (ref)

In Scikit-learn, we can use

`pca.explained_variance_ratio_.cumsum()`

. For example, `n_components = 5`

and we have,`1[0.32047581 0.59549787 0.80178824 0.932976 1.]`

then we know that with , we would retain of the variance.

Whitening makes the features:

- less correlated with each other,

- all features have the same variance (or, unit component-wise variances).

**Luis Serrano**-- [Video] Principal Component Analysis (PCA). It's very intuitive!

**Stats.StackExchange**-- Making sense of principal component analysis, eigenvectors & eigenvalues.

**Scikit-learn**-- PCA official doc.

**Jake VanderPlas**-- In Depth: Principal Component Analysis.

**Tutorial 4 Yang**-- Principal Components Analysis.

**Andrew NG.**-- My raw note of the course "Machine Learning" on Coursera.

**Shankar Muthuswamy**-- Facial Image Compression and Reconstruction with PCA.

**UFLDL - Stanford**-- PCA Whitening.