Data Pre-processing with Data reduction techniques in Python

Janvi Ajudiya
3 min readOct 26, 2021


Data Pre-processing

Data Reduction:
Since data mining is a technique that is used to handle huge amount of data. While working with huge volume of data, analysis became harder in such cases. In order to get rid of this, we uses data reduction technique. It aims to increase the storage efficiency and reduce data storage and analysis costs.

Dimensionality Reduction:
This reduce the size of data by encoding mechanisms.It can be lossy or lossless. If after reconstruction from compressed data, original data can be retrieved, such reduction are called lossless reduction else it is called lossy reduction. The two effective methods of dimensionality reduction are:Wavelet transforms and PCA (Principal Component Analysis).

Principal component analysis:

Principal component analysis (PCA) is a statistical procedure that uses an orthogonal transformation to convert a set of observations of possibly correlated variables into a set of values of linearly uncorrelated variables called principal components. The number of distinct principal components is equal to the smaller of the number of original variables or the number of observations minus one. This transformation is defined in such a way that the first principal component has the largest possible variance (that is, accounts for as much of the variability in the data as possible), and each succeeding component in turn has the highest variance possible under the constraint that it is orthogonal the preceding components. The resulting vectors are an uncorrelated orthogonal basis set.

PCA is sensitive to the relative scaling of the original variables.

About Dataset:

The explained variance tells you how much information (variance) can be attributed to each of the principal components. This is important as while you can convert 4 dimensional space to 2 dimensional space, you lose some of the variance (information) when you do this. By using the attribute explained_variance_ratio_, you can see that the first principal component contains 72.77% of the variance and the second principal component contains 23.03% of the variance. Together, the two components contain 95.80% of the information.

PCA Projection to 3D

The original data has 4 columns (sepal length, sepal width, petal length, and petal width). In this section, the code projects the original data which is 4 dimensional into 3 dimensions. The new components are just the three main dimensions of variation.

Variance Threshold:

Variance Threshold is a simple baseline approach to feature selection. It removes all features whose variance doesn’t meet some threshold. By default, it removes all zero-variance features. Our dataset has no zero variance feature so our data isn’t affected here.

That is all about the data reduction techniques in Data Preprocessing.

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