# Advantages and Disadvantages of Logistic Regression

Logistic regression is a classification algorithm used to find the probability of event success and event failure. It is used when the dependent variable is binary(0/1, True/False, Yes/No) in nature. It supports categorizing data into discrete classes by studying the relationship from a given set of labelled data. It learns a linear relationship from the given dataset and then introduces a non-linearity in the form of the Sigmoid function.

Logistic regression is also known as **Binomial logistics regression**. It is based on sigmoid function where output is probability and input can be from -infinity to +infinity. Letâ€™s discuss some advantages and disadvantages of Linear Regression.

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Logistic regression is easier to implement, interpret, and very efficient to train. | If the number of observations is lesser than the number of features, Logistic Regression should not be used, otherwise, it may lead to overfitting. |

It makes no assumptions about distributions of classes in feature space. | It constructs linear boundaries. |

It can easily extend to multiple classes(multinomial regression) and a natural probabilistic view of class predictions. | The major limitation of Logistic Regression is the assumption of linearity between the dependent variable and the independent variables. |

It not only provides a measure of how appropriate a predictor(coefficient size)is, but also its direction of association (positive or negative). | It can only be used to predict discrete functions. Hence, the dependent variable of Logistic Regression is bound to the discrete number set. |

It is very fast at classifying unknown records. | Non-linear problems can’t be solved with logistic regression because it has a linear decision surface. Linearly separable data is rarely found in real-world scenarios. |

Good accuracy for many simple data sets and it performs well when the dataset is linearly separable. | Logistic Regression requires average or no multicollinearity between independent variables. |

It can interpret model coefficients as indicators of feature importance. | It is tough to obtain complex relationships using logistic regression. More powerful and compact algorithms such as Neural Networks can easily outperform this algorithm. |

Logistic regression is less inclined to over-fitting but it can overfit in high dimensional datasets.One may consider Regularization (L1 and L2) techniques to avoid over-fittingin these scenarios. | In Linear Regression independent and dependent variables are related linearly. But Logistic Regression needs that independent variables are linearly related to the log odds (log(p/(1-p)). |