Python | Binning method for data smoothing

Prerequisite: ML | Binning or Discretization

Binning method is used to smoothing data or to handle noisy data. In this method, the data is first sorted and then the sorted values are distributed into a number of buckets or bins. As binning methods consult the neighborhood of values, they perform local smoothing.

There are three approaches to perform smoothing –

Smoothing by bin means : In smoothing by bin means, each value in a bin is replaced by the mean value of the bin.
Smoothing by bin median : In this method each bin value is replaced by its bin median value.
Smoothing by bin boundary : In smoothing by bin boundaries, the minimum and maximum values in a given bin are identified as the bin boundaries. Each bin value is then replaced by the closest boundary value.


  1. Sort the array of given data set.
  2. Divides the range into N intervals, each containing the approximately same number of samples(Equal-depth partitioning).
  3. Store mean/ median/ boundaries in each row.


Sorted data for price (in dollars): 4, 8, 9, 15, 21, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 34

Smoothing by bin means:
      - Bin 1: 9, 9, 9, 9
      - Bin 2: 23, 23, 23, 23
      - Bin 3: 29, 29, 29, 29

Smoothing by bin boundaries:
      - Bin 1: 4, 4, 4, 15
      - Bin 2: 21, 21, 25, 25
      - Bin 3: 26, 26, 26, 34

Smoothing by bin median:
      - Bin 1: 9 9, 9, 9
      - Bin 2: 24, 24, 24, 24
      - Bin 3: 29, 29, 29, 29


Below is the Python implementation for above algorithm –





import numpy as np  
import math
from sklearn.datasets import load_iris
from sklearn import datasets, linear_model, metrics 
# load iris data set
dataset = load_iris()   
a =
b = np.zeros(150)
# take 1st column among 4 column of data set 
for i in range (150):
b=np.sort(b)  #sort the array
# create bins
# Bin mean
for i in range (0,150,5):
    mean=(b[i] + b[i+1] + b[i+2] + b[i+3] + b[i+4])/5
    for j in range(5):
print("Bin Mean: \n",bin1)
# Bin boundaries
for i in range (0,150,5):
    for j in range (5):
        if (b[i+j]-b[i]) < (b[i+4]-b[i+j]):
print("Bin Boundaries: \n",bin2)
# Bin median
for i in range (0,150,5):
    for j in range (5):
print("Bin Median: \n",bin3)


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