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COVID-19 Peak Prediction using Logistic Function
  • Difficulty Level : Medium
  • Last Updated : 30 Jun, 2020

Making fast and accurate decisions are vital these days and especially now when the world is facing such a phenomenon as COVID-19, therefore, counting on current as well as projected information is decisive for this process.
In this matter, we have applied a model in which is possible to observe the peak in specific country cases, using current statistical information, hoping it can be used as foundation support to take action in this scenario. To accomplish this objective, Non-linear regression has been applied to the model, using a logistic function. This process consists of:

  • Data Cleaning
  • Choosing the most suitable equation which can be graphically adapted to the data, in this case, Logistic Function (Sigmoid)
  • Database Normalization
  • Fitting of the model to our dataset using “curve_fit” process, obtaining new reference beta.
  • Model evaluation

Dataset is public, and it is available at following this link: DATASET

Data Cleaning: The data available has been originally labelled. We were able to identify two countries which did not mention geographical location, this information was added however it wouldn´t contribute to the model significantly. A new column is added to the dataset named “n-day” to show the consecutive number of days.

Code: Importing Libraries

# import libraries
import pandas as pd 
import numpy as np 
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt % matplotlib inline 
# sklearn specific function to obtain R2 calculations 
from sklearn.metrics import r2_score 

Code: Usign data

# Data Reading
df = pd.read_excel("C:/BaseDato / COVID-19-310302020chi.xlsx")



# Initial Data Graphics
plt.figure(figsize =(8, 5))
x_data, y_data = (df["Nday"].values, df["cases"].values)
plt.plot(x_data, y_data, 'ro')
plt.title('Data: Cases Vs Day of infection')
plt.xlabel('Day Number')


Code: Choosing the model

We apply logistic function, a specific case of sigmoid functions, considering that the original curve starts with slow growth remaining nearly flat for a time before increasing, eventually it could descend or maintain its growth in the way of an exponential curve.
The formula for the logistic function is:

Y = 1/(1+e^B1(X-B2))

Code: Construction of the model

# Definition of the logistic function
def sigmoid(x, Beta_1, Beta_2):
     y = 1 / (1 + np.exp(-Beta_1*(x-Beta_2)))
     return y
# Choosing initial arbitrary beta parameters
beta_1 = 0.09
beta_2 = 305
# application of the logistic function using beta 
Y_pred = sigmoid(x_data, beta_1, beta_2)
# point prediction
plt.plot(x_data, Y_pred * 15000000000000., label = "Model")
plt.plot(x_data, y_data, 'ro', label = "Data")
plt.title('Data Vs Model')
plt.legend(loc ='best')
plt.xlabel('Day Number')


Data Normalization: Here, variables x and y are normalized assigning them a 0 to 1 range (depending on each case). So both can be interpreted in equal relevance.
Reference – information


xdata = x_data / max(x_data)
ydata = y_data / max(y_data)

Model Fitting:
The objective is to obtain new B optimal parameters, to adjust the model to our data. We use “curve_fit” which uses non-linear least squares to fit the sigmoid function. Being “popt” our optimized parameters.

Code: Input

from scipy.optimize import curve_fit
popt, pcov = curve_fit(sigmoid, xdata, data)
# imprimir los parámetros finales
print(" beta_1 = % f, beta_2 = % f" % (popt[0], popt[1]))


beta_1 = 9.833364, beta_2 = 0.777140

Code: New Beta values are applied to the model

x = np.linspace(0, 40, 4)
x = x / max(x)
plt.figure(figsize = (8, 5))
y = sigmoid(x, *popt)
plt.plot(xdata, ydata, 'ro', label ='data')
plt.plot(x, y, linewidth = 3.0, label ='fit')
plt.title("Data Vs Fit model")
plt.legend(loc ='best')
plt.xlabel('Day Number')

Model Evaluation: The model is ready to be evaluated. The data is split in at 80:20, for training and testing respectively. The data is applied to the model obtaining the corresponding statistical means to evaluate the distance of the resulting data from the regression line.

Code: Input

# Model accuracy calculation
# Splitting training and testing data
L = np.random.rand(len(df)) < 0.8 # 80 % training data
train_x = xdata[L]
test_x = xdata[~L]
train_y = ydata[L]
test_y = ydata[~L]
# Construction of the model 
popt, pcov = curve_fit(sigmoid, train_x, train_y)
# Predicting using testing model
y_predic = sigmoid(test_x, *popt)
# Evaluation
print("Mean Absolute Error: %.2f" % np.mean(np.absolute(y_predic - test_y)))
print("Mean Square Error (MSE): %.2f" % np.mean(( test_y - y_predic)**2))
print("R2-score: %.2f" % r2_score(y_predic, test_y))


Mean Absolute Error: 0.06
Mean Square Error (MSE): 0.01
R2-score: 0.93


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