Gist code

Even you don’t wish to use a random forest regressor for predictions you can still use it to get an idea of how the features contribute. Below is an example based on the bike-sharing data.

import sys
import csv

import numpy as np
from sklearn.ensemble import RandomForestRegressor 
from sklearn import preprocessing
from sklearn.metrics import mean_squared_error, explained_variance_score
from sklearn.utils import shuffle
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
%matplotlib inline

def plot_feature_importances(feature_importances, title, feature_names):
    # Normalize the importance values 
    feature_importances = 100.0 * (feature_importances / max(feature_importances))

    # Sort the values and flip them
    index_sorted = np.flipud(np.argsort(feature_importances))

    # Arrange the X ticks
    pos = np.arange(index_sorted.shape[0]) + 0.5

    # Plot the bar graph
    plt.figure(), feature_importances[index_sorted], align='center')
    plt.xticks(pos, feature_names[index_sorted])
    plt.ylabel('Relative Importance')
def load_dataset(filename):
    file_reader = csv.reader(open(filename, 'rt'), delimiter=',')
    X, y = [], []
    for row in file_reader:

    # Extract feature names
    feature_names = np.array(X[0])

    # Remove the first row because they are feature names
    return np.array(X[1:]).astype(np.float32), np.array(y[1:]).astype(np.float32), feature_names

if __name__=='__main__':
    # Load the dataset from the input file
    X, y, feature_names = load_dataset("bike_day.csv")
    X, y = shuffle(X, y, random_state=7) 

    # Split the data 80/20 (80% for training, 20% for testing)
    num_training = int(0.9 * len(X))
    X_train, y_train = X[:num_training], y[:num_training]
    X_test, y_test = X[num_training:], y[num_training:]

    # Fit Random Forest regression model
    rf_regressor = RandomForestRegressor(n_estimators=1000, max_depth=10, min_samples_split=3), y_train)

    # Evaluate performance of Random Forest regressor
    y_pred = rf_regressor.predict(X_test)
    mse = mean_squared_error(y_test, y_pred)
    evs = explained_variance_score(y_test, y_pred) 
    print(("MSE =", round(mse, 2)))
    print(("Explained variance score =", round(evs, 2)))

    # Plot relative feature importances 
    plot_feature_importances(rf_regressor.feature_importances_, 'Random Forest regressor', feature_names)