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remove redundant columns in pandas dataframe
import pandas as pd
import numpy as np
def find_correlation(data, threshold=0.9, remove_negative=False):
Given a numeric pd.DataFrame, this will find highly correlated features,
and return a list of features to remove.
data : pandas DataFrame
threshold : float
correlation threshold, will remove one of pairs of features with a
correlation greater than this value.
remove_negative: Boolean
If true then features which are highly negatively correlated will
also be returned for removal.
select_flat : list
listof column names to be removed
corr_mat = data.corr()
if remove_negative:
corr_mat = np.abs(corr_mat)
corr_mat.loc[:, :] = np.tril(corr_mat, k=-1)
already_in = set()
result = []
for col in corr_mat:
perfect_corr = corr_mat[col][corr_mat[col] > threshold].index.tolist()
if perfect_corr and col not in already_in:
select_nested = [f[1:] for f in result]
select_flat = [i for j in select_nested for i in j]
return select_flat

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commented Jun 23, 2018

Hi, this is pretty handy. Maybe you should also consider removing the items that are perfectly negatively correlated.


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commented Jun 30, 2018

@ryancheunggit great point, I've included that feature (not tested it).


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commented Nov 17, 2018

Just a small thing that I noticed. This function returns a list of attributes that need to be removed but there are duplicates in this list(On the dataset which I am working on). Why are there duplicates? Also, what should be the best way to deal with them?

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