Classification Report

The classification report visualizer displays the precision, recall, F1, and support scores for the model. In order to support easier interpretation and problem detection, the report integrates numerical scores with a color-coded heatmap. All heatmaps are in the range (0.0, 1.0) to facilitate easy comparison of classification models across different classification reports.

from sklearn.model_selection import TimeSeriesSplit
from sklearn.naive_bayes import GaussianNB

from yellowbrick.classifier import ClassificationReport
from yellowbrick.datasets import load_occupancy

# Load the classification dataset
X, y = load_occupancy()

# Specify the target classes
classes = ["unoccupied", "occupied"]

# Create the training and test data
tscv = TimeSeriesSplit()
for train_index, test_index in tscv.split(X):
    X_train, X_test = X.iloc[train_index], X.iloc[test_index]
    y_train, y_test = y.iloc[train_index], y.iloc[test_index]

# Instantiate the classification model and visualizer
model = GaussianNB()
visualizer = ClassificationReport(model, classes=classes, support=True), y_train)        # Fit the visualizer and the model
visualizer.score(X_test, y_test)        # Evaluate the model on the test data
visualizer.poof()                       # Draw/show/poof the data

(Source code)

The classification report shows a representation of the main classification metrics on a per-class basis. This gives a deeper intuition of the classifier behavior over global accuracy which can mask functional weaknesses in one class of a multiclass problem. Visual classification reports are used to compare classification models to select models that are “redder”, e.g. have stronger classification metrics or that are more balanced.

The metrics are defined in terms of true and false positives, and true and false negatives. Positive and negative in this case are generic names for the classes of a binary classification problem. In the example above, we would consider true and false occupied and true and false unoccupied. Therefore a true positive is when the actual class is positive as is the estimated class. A false positive is when the actual class is negative but the estimated class is positive. Using this terminology the meterics are defined as follows:


Precision is the ability of a classiifer not to label an instance positive that is actually negative. For each class it is defined as as the ratio of true positives to the sum of true and false positives. Said another way, “for all instances classified positive, what percent was correct?”


Recall is the ability of a classifier to find all positive instances. For each class it is defined as the ratio of true positives to the sum of true positives and false negatives. Said another way, “for all instances that were actually positive, what percent was classified correctly?”

f1 score

The F1 score is a weighted harmonic mean of precision and recall such that the best score is 1.0 and the worst is 0.0. Generally speaking, F1 scores are lower than accuracy measures as they embed precision and recall into their computation. As a rule of thumb, the weighted average of F1 should be used to compare classifier models, not global accuracy.


Support is the number of actual occurrences of the class in the specified dataset. Imbalanced support in the training data may indicate structural weaknesses in the reported scores of the classifier and could indicate the need for stratified sampling or rebalancing. Support doesn’t change between models but instead diagnoses the evaluation process.


This example uses TimeSeriesSplit to split the data into the training and test sets. For more information on this cross-validation method, please refer to the scikit-learn documentation.

API Reference

Visual classification report for classifier scoring.

class yellowbrick.classifier.classification_report.ClassificationReport(model, ax=None, classes=None, cmap='YlOrRd', support=None, is_fitted='auto', **kwargs)[source]

Bases: yellowbrick.classifier.base.ClassificationScoreVisualizer

Classification report that shows the precision, recall, F1, and support scores for the model. Integrates numerical scores as well as a color-coded heatmap.

axMatplotlib Axes object

The axis to plot the figure on.

modelthe Scikit-Learn estimator

Should be an instance of a classifier, else the __init__ will return an error. If the internal model is not fitted, it is fit when the visualizer is fitted, unless otherwise specified by is_fitted.

classesa list of class names for the legend

If classes is None and a y value is passed to fit then the classes are selected from the target vector.

cmapstring, default: 'YlOrRd'

Specify a colormap to define the heatmap of the predicted class against the actual class in the classification report.

support: {True, False, None, ‘percent’, ‘count’}, default: None

Specify if support will be displayed. It can be further defined by whether support should be reported as a raw count or percentage.

is_fittedbool or str, default=”auto”

Specify if the wrapped estimator is already fitted. If False, the estimator will be fit when the visualizer is fit, otherwise, the estimator will not be modified. If “auto” (default), a helper method will check if the estimator is fitted before fitting it again.


Keyword arguments passed to the super class.


>>> from yellowbrick.classifier import ClassificationReport
>>> from sklearn.linear_model import LogisticRegression
>>> viz = ClassificationReport(LogisticRegression())
>>>, y_train)
>>> viz.score(X_test, y_test)
>>> viz.poof()

Global accuracy score

scores_dict of dicts

Outer dictionary composed of precision, recall, f1, and support scores with inner dictionaries specifiying the values for each class listed.


Renders the classification report across each axis.

finalize(self, **kwargs)[source]

Finalize executes any subclass-specific axes finalization steps. The user calls poof and poof calls finalize.

kwargs: generic keyword arguments.
score(self, X, y=None, **kwargs)[source]

Generates the Scikit-Learn classification report.

Xndarray or DataFrame of shape n x m

A matrix of n instances with m features

yndarray or Series of length n

An array or series of target or class values


Global accuracy score