A Ridge regressor is basically a regularized version of Linear Regressor. i.e to the original cost function of linear regressor we add a regularized term which forces the learning algorithm to fit the data and helps to keep the weights lower as possible. The regularized term has the parameter ‘alpha’ which controls the regularization of the model i.e helps in reducing the variance of the estimates.
Cost Function for Ridge Regressor.
The first term is our basic linear regression’s cost function and the second term is our new regularized weights term which uses l2 norm to fit the data. If the ‘alpha’ is zero the model is the same as linear regression and the larger ‘alpha’ value specifies a stronger regularization.
Note: Before using Ridge regressor it is necessary to scale the inputs, because this model is sensitive to scaling of inputs. So performing the scaling through sklearn’s StandardScalar will be beneficial.
Boston dataset keys : dict_keys(['feature_names', 'DESCR', 'data', 'target']) Boston data : [[6.3200e-03 1.8000e+01 2.3100e+00 ... 1.5300e+01 3.9690e+02 4.9800e+00] [2.7310e-02 0.0000e+00 7.0700e+00 ... 1.7800e+01 3.9690e+02 9.1400e+00] [2.7290e-02 0.0000e+00 7.0700e+00 ... 1.7800e+01 3.9283e+02 4.0300e+00] ... [6.0760e-02 0.0000e+00 1.1930e+01 ... 2.1000e+01 3.9690e+02 5.6400e+00] [1.0959e-01 0.0000e+00 1.1930e+01 ... 2.1000e+01 3.9345e+02 6.4800e+00] [4.7410e-02 0.0000e+00 1.1930e+01 ... 2.1000e+01 3.9690e+02 7.8800e+00]] Model score : 0.6819292026260749
A newer version RidgeCV comes with built-in Cross-Validation for an alpha, so definitely better. Only pass the array of some alpha range values and it’ll automatically choose the optimal value for ‘aplha’.
Note : ‘tol’ is the parameter which measures the loss drop and ensures to stop the model at that provided value position or drop at(global minima value).