# π Solution for Exercise M4.03ΒΆ

In all previous notebooks, we only used a single feature in `data`

. But we
have already shown that we could add new features to make the model more
expressive by deriving new features, based on the original feature.

The aim of this notebook is to train a linear regression algorithm on a dataset with more than a single feature.

We will load a dataset about house prices in California. The dataset consists of 8 features regarding the demography and geography of districts in California and the aim is to predict the median house price of each district. We will use all 8 features to predict the target, the median house price.

Note

If you want a deeper overview regarding this dataset, you can refer to the Appendix - Datasets description section at the end of this MOOC.

```
from sklearn.datasets import fetch_california_housing
data, target = fetch_california_housing(as_frame=True, return_X_y=True)
target *= 100 # rescale the target in k$
data.head()
```

MedInc | HouseAge | AveRooms | AveBedrms | Population | AveOccup | Latitude | Longitude | |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

0 | 8.3252 | 41.0 | 6.984127 | 1.023810 | 322.0 | 2.555556 | 37.88 | -122.23 |

1 | 8.3014 | 21.0 | 6.238137 | 0.971880 | 2401.0 | 2.109842 | 37.86 | -122.22 |

2 | 7.2574 | 52.0 | 8.288136 | 1.073446 | 496.0 | 2.802260 | 37.85 | -122.24 |

3 | 5.6431 | 52.0 | 5.817352 | 1.073059 | 558.0 | 2.547945 | 37.85 | -122.25 |

4 | 3.8462 | 52.0 | 6.281853 | 1.081081 | 565.0 | 2.181467 | 37.85 | -122.25 |

Now it is your turn to train a linear regression model on this dataset. First, create a linear regression model.

```
# solution
from sklearn.linear_model import LinearRegression
linear_regression = LinearRegression()
```

Execute a cross-validation with 10 folds and use the mean absolute error
(MAE) as metric. Be sure to *return* the fitted *estimators*.

```
# solution
from sklearn.model_selection import cross_validate
cv_results = cross_validate(linear_regression, data, target,
scoring="neg_mean_absolute_error",
return_estimator=True, cv=10, n_jobs=2)
```

Compute the mean and std of the MAE in thousands of dollars (k$).

```
# solution
print(f"Mean absolute error on testing set: "
f"{-cv_results['test_score'].mean():.3f} k$ +/- "
f"{cv_results['test_score'].std():.3f}")
```

```
Mean absolute error on testing set: 54.452 k$ +/- 9.109
```

Inspect the fitted model using a box plot to show the distribution of values
for the coefficients returned from the cross-validation. Hint:
use the function
`df.plot.box()`

to create a box plot.

```
# solution
import pandas as pd
weights = pd.DataFrame(
[est.coef_ for est in cv_results["estimator"]], columns=data.columns)
```

```
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
color = {"whiskers": "black", "medians": "black", "caps": "black"}
weights.plot.box(color=color, vert=False)
_ = plt.title("Value of linear regression coefficients")
```