EqualFrequencyDiscretiser¶
The EqualFrequencyDiscretiser() sorts the variable values into contiguous intervals of equal proportion of observations. The limits of the intervals are calculated according to the quantiles. The number of intervals or quantiles should be determined by the user. The transformer can return the variable as numeric or object (default = numeric).
The EqualFrequencyDiscretiser() works only with numerical variables. A list of variables can be indiacated, or the imputer will automatically select all numerical variables in the train set.
import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from sklearn.model_selection import train_test_split
from feature_engine import discretisers as dsc
# Load dataset
data = data = pd.read_csv('houseprice.csv')
# Separate into train and test sets
X_train, X_test, y_train, y_test = train_test_split(
data.drop(['Id', 'SalePrice'], axis=1),
data['SalePrice'], test_size=0.3, random_state=0)
# set up the discretisation transformer
disc = dsc.EqualFrequencyDiscretiser(q=10, variables=['LotArea', 'GrLivArea'])
# fit the transformer
disc.fit(X_train)
# transform the data
train_t= disc.transform(X_train)
test_t= disc.transform(X_test)
disc.binner_dict_
{'LotArea': [inf,
5007.1,
7164.6,
8165.700000000001,
8882.0,
9536.0,
10200.0,
11046.300000000001,
12166.400000000001,
14373.9,
inf],
'GrLivArea': [inf,
912.0,
1069.6000000000001,
1211.3000000000002,
1344.0,
1479.0,
1603.2000000000003,
1716.0,
1893.0000000000005,
2166.3999999999996,
inf]}
# with equal frequency discretisation, each bin contains approximately
# the same number of observations.
train_t.groupby('GrLivArea')['GrLivArea'].count().plot.bar()
plt.ylabel('Number of houses')
API Reference¶

class
feature_engine.discretisers.
EqualFrequencyDiscretiser
(q=10, variables=None, return_object=False, return_boundaries=False)[source]¶ The EqualFrequencyDiscretiser() divides continuous numerical variables into contiguous equal frequency intervals, that is, intervals that contain approximately the same proportion of observations.
The interval limits are determined using pandas.qcut(), in other words, the interval limits are determined by the quantiles. The number of intervals, i.e., the number of quantiles in which the variable should be divided is determined by the user.
The EqualFrequencyDiscretiser() works only with numerical variables. A list of variables can be passed as argument. Alternatively, the discretiser will automatically select and transform all numerical variables.
The EqualFrequencyDiscretiser() first finds the boundaries for the intervals or quantiles for each variable, fit.
Then it transforms the variables, that is, it sorts the values into the intervals, transform.
 Parameters
q (int, default=10) – Desired number of equal frequency intervals / bins. In other words the number of quantiles in which the variables should be divided.
variables (list) – The list of numerical variables that will be discretised. If None, the EqualFrequencyDiscretiser() will select all numerical variables.
return_object (bool, default=False) – Whether the numbers in the discrete variable should be returned as numeric or as object. The decision is made by the user based on whether they would like to proceed the engineering of the variable as if it was numerical or categorical.
return_boundaries (bool, default=False) – whether the output should be the interval boundaries. If True, it returns the interval boundaries. If False, it returns integers.

fit
(X, y=None)[source]¶ Learns the limits of the equal frequency intervals, that is the quantiles for each variable.
 Parameters
X (pandas dataframe of shape = [n_samples, n_features]) – The training input samples. Can be the entire dataframe, not just the variables to be transformed.
y (None) – y is not needed in this encoder. You can pass y or None.

binner_dict\_
The dictionary containing the {variable: interval limits} pairs used to sort the values into discrete intervals.
 Type
dictionary