🏁 Wrap-up quiz¢

This quiz requires some programming to be answered.

Open the dataset house_prices.csv with the following command:

ames_housing = pd.read_csv("../datasets/house_prices.csv", na_values="?")
target_name = "SalePrice"
data = ames_housing.drop(columns=target_name)
target = ames_housing[target_name]

ames_housing is a pandas dataframe. The column β€œSalePrice” contains the target variable. Note that we instructed pandas to treat the character β€œ?” as a marker for cells with missing values also known as β€œnull” values.

To simplify this exercise, we will only used the numerical features defined below:

numerical_features = [
    "LotFrontage", "LotArea", "MasVnrArea", "BsmtFinSF1", "BsmtFinSF2",
    "BsmtUnfSF", "TotalBsmtSF", "1stFlrSF", "2ndFlrSF", "LowQualFinSF",
    "GrLivArea", "BedroomAbvGr", "KitchenAbvGr", "TotRmsAbvGrd", "Fireplaces",
    "GarageCars", "GarageArea", "WoodDeckSF", "OpenPorchSF", "EnclosedPorch",
    "3SsnPorch", "ScreenPorch", "PoolArea", "MiscVal",

data_numerical = data[numerical_features]

We will compare the statistical performance of a decision tree and a linear regression. For this purpose, we will create two separate predictive models and evaluate them by 10-fold cross-validation.

Thus, use sklearn.linear_model.LinearRegression and sklearn.tree.DecisionTreeRegressor to create the model. Use the default parameters for both models.

Note: missing values should be handle with a scikit-learn sklearn.impute.SimpleImputer and the default strategy ("mean"). Be also aware that a linear model requires to scale the data. You can use a sklearn.preprocessing.StandardScaler.


Is the decision tree model better in terms of \(R^2\) score than the linear regression?

  • a) Yes

  • b) No

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Instead of using the default parameter for decision tree regressor, we will optimize the depth of the tree. Using a grid-search (sklearn.model_selection.GridSearchCV) with a 10-fold cross-validation, answer to the questions below. Vary the max_depth from 1 level up to 15 levels.


What is the optimal tree depth for the current problem?

  • a) The optimal depth is ranging from 3 to 5

  • b) The optimal depth is ranging from 5 to 8

  • c) The optimal depth is ranging from 8 to 11

  • d) The optimal depth is ranging from 11 to 15

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A tree with an optimal depth is performing:

  • a) better than a linear model: ~0.74

  • b) equally to a linear model: ~0.72

  • c) worse than a linear model: ~0.7

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Instead of using only the numerical dataset (which was the variable data_numerical), use the entire dataset available in the variable data.

Create a preprocessor by dealing separately with the numerical and categorical columns. For the sake of simplicity, we will define the categorical columns as the columns with an object data type.

Do not optimize the max_depth parameter for this exercise.


Are the performance in terms of \(R^2\) better by incorporating the categorical features in comparison with the previous tree with the optimal depth?

  • a) No the statistical performance are the same: ~0.7

  • b) The statistical performance is slightly better: ~0.72

  • c) The statistical performance is better: ~0.74

Select a single answer