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In-depth Handling/Imputation Techniques of Missing Values in Feature Transformation
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In-depth Handling/Imputation Techniques of Missing Values in Feature Transformation

Last Updated on December 11, 2023 by Editorial Team

Author(s): Amit Chauhan

Originally published on Towards AI.

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As we know, machine learning algorithms are not very good with missing data. Part of feature engineering is transforming the missing data feature into a reliable feature by removing missing data rows or imputations.

It is a process to assign or substitute the missing row/column value with the desired/calculated value.

We need to remove/impute all missing data rows or columns before feeding to the machine learning model. The following methods can be used to transform missing value features.

Deleting: The easiest technique is to remove the row that has a missing value. This technique can also be called complete case analysis (CCA). This method is useful if the missing value percentage is less than 5% in a feature otherwise we can see a data loss issue.Imputation: This type of technique is to fill the missing data with some calculated value. The Imputation is divided into two methods based on univariate and multi-variate features.Uni-variate: In the case of numerical feature, the missing data can be replaced by mean/median/random value. In the case of the categoryfeature, the missing value can be replaced by mode or as a missing string. The sklearn library gives a library named Simple Imputer class that… Read the full blog for free on Medium.

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