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Implementation of Ridge Regression from Scratch using Python

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  1. Linear Regression
  2. Gradient Descent

Ridge Regression ( or L2 Regularization ) is a variation of Linear Regression. In Linear Regression, it minimizes the Residual Sum of Squares ( or RSS or cost function ) to fit the training examples perfectly as possible. The cost function is also represented by J.

Cost Function for Linear Regression:

$\frac{1}{m}  \sum_{i=1}^{m}\left(y^{(i)}-h\left(x^{(i)}\right)\right)^{2}$

Here, h(x(i)) represents the hypothetical function for prediction. y(i) represents the value of target variable for ith example.
m is the total number of training examples in the given dataset.

Linear regression treats all the features equally and finds unbiased weights to minimizes the cost function. This could arise the problem of overfitting ( or a model fails to perform well on new data ). Linear Regression also can’t deal with the collinear data ( collinearity refers to the event when the features are highly correlated ). In short, Linear Regression is a model with high variance. So, Ridge Regression comes for the rescue. In Ridge Regression, there is an addition of l2 penalty ( square of the magnitude of weights ) in the cost function of Linear Regression. This is done so that the model does not overfit the data. The Modified cost function for Ridge Regression is given below:

$\frac{1}{m}\left[\sum_{i=1}^{m}\left(y^{(i)}-h\left(x^{(i)}\right)\right)^{2}+\lambda \sum_{j=1}^{n} w_{j}^{2}\right]$

Here, wj represents the weight for jth feature.
n is the number of features in the dataset.

Mathematical Intuition:
During gradient descent optimization of its cost function, added l2 penalty term leads to reduces the weights of the model to zero or close to zero. Due to the penalization of weights, our hypothesis gets simpler, more generalized, and less prone to overfitting. All weights are reduced by the same factor lambda. We can control the strength of regularization by hyperparameter lambda.

Different cases for tuning values of lambda.

  1. If lambda is set to be 0, Ridge Regression equals Linear Regression
  2. If lambda is set to be infinity, all weights are shrunk to zero.

So, we should set lambda somewhere in between 0 and infinity.

Implementation From Scratch:
Dataset used in this implementation can be downloaded from link
It has 2 columns — “YearsExperience” and “Salary” for 30 employees in a company. So in this, we will train a Ridge Regression model to learn the correlation between the number of years of experience of each employee and their respective salary. Once the model is trained, we will be able to predict the salary of an employee on the basis of his years of experience.


# Importing libraries
import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
from sklearn.model_selection import train_test_split
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
# Ridge Regression
class RidgeRegression() :
    def __init__( self, learning_rate, iterations, l2_penality ) :
        self.learning_rate = learning_rate        
        self.iterations = iterations        
        self.l2_penality = l2_penality
    # Function for model training            
    def fit( self, X, Y ) :
        # no_of_training_examples, no_of_features        
        self.m, self.n = X.shape
        # weight initialization        
        self.W = np.zeros( self.n )
        self.b = 0        
        self.X = X        
        self.Y = Y
        # gradient descent learning
        for i in range( self.iterations ) :            
        return self
    # Helper function to update weights in gradient descent
    def update_weights( self ) :           
        Y_pred = self.predict( self.X )
        # calculate gradients      
        dW = ( - ( 2 * ( self.X.T ).dot( self.Y - Y_pred ) ) +               
               ( 2 * self.l2_penality * self.W ) ) / self.m     
        db = - 2 * np.sum( self.Y - Y_pred ) / self.m 
        # update weights    
        self.W = self.W - self.learning_rate * dW    
        self.b = self.b - self.learning_rate * db        
        return self
    # Hypothetical function  h( x ) 
    def predict( self, X ) :    
        return self.W ) + self.b
# Driver code
def main() :
    # Importing dataset    
    df = pd.read_csv( "salary_data.csv" )
    X = df.iloc[:, :-1].values
    Y = df.iloc[:, 1].values    
    # Splitting dataset into train and test set
    X_train, X_test, Y_train, Y_test = train_test_split( X, Y, 
                                          test_size = 1 / 3, random_state = 0 )
    # Model training    
    model = RidgeRegression( iterations = 1000,                             
                            learning_rate = 0.01, l2_penality = 1 ) X_train, Y_train )
    # Prediction on test set
    Y_pred = model.predict( X_test )    
    print( "Predicted values ", np.round( Y_pred[:3], 2 ) )     
    print( "Real values      ", Y_test[:3] )    
    print( "Trained W        ", round( model.W[0], 2 ) )    
    print( "Trained b        ", round( model.b, 2 ) )
    # Visualization on test set     
    plt.scatter( X_test, Y_test, color = 'blue' )    
    plt.plot( X_test, Y_pred, color = 'orange' )    
    plt.title( 'Salary vs Experience' )    
    plt.xlabel( 'Years of Experience' )    
    plt.ylabel( 'Salary' )
if __name__ == "__main__"


Predicted values  [ 40831.44 122898.14  65078.42]
Real values       [ 37731 122391  57081]
Trained W         9325.76
Trained b         26842.8


Note: Ridge regression leads to dimensionality reduction which makes it a computationally efficient model.

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Last Updated : 18 Sep, 2020
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