RadViz Visualizer

RadViz is a multivariate data visualization algorithm that plots each feature dimension uniformly around the circumference of a circle then plots points on the interior of the circle such that the point normalizes its values on the axes from the center to each arc. This mechanism allows as many dimensions as will easily fit on a circle, greatly expanding the dimensionality of the visualization.

Data scientists use this method to detect separability between classes. E.g. is there an opportunity to learn from the feature set or is there just too much noise?

If your data contains rows with missing values (numpy.nan), those missing values will not be plotted. In other words, you may not get the entire picture of your data. RadViz will raise a DataWarning to inform you of the percent missing.

If you do receive this warning, you may want to look at imputation strategies. A good starting place is the scikit-learn Imputer.

from yellowbrick.datasets import load_occupancy
from yellowbrick.features import RadViz

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

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

# Instantiate the visualizer
visualizer = RadViz(classes=classes)

visualizer.fit(X, y)           # Fit the data to the visualizer
visualizer.transform(X)        # Transform the data
visualizer.poof()              # Draw/show/poof the data

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RadViz on the Occupancy Dataset

For regression, the RadViz visualizer should use a color sequence to display the target information, as opposed to discrete colors.

API Reference

Implements radviz for feature analysis.

class yellowbrick.features.radviz.RadialVisualizer(ax=None, features=None, classes=None, colors=None, colormap=None, alpha=1.0, **kwargs)[source]

Bases: yellowbrick.features.base.DataVisualizer

RadViz is a multivariate data visualization algorithm that plots each axis uniformely around the circumference of a circle then plots points on the interior of the circle such that the point normalizes its values on the axes from the center to each arc.

axmatplotlib Axes, default: None

The axis to plot the figure on. If None is passed in the current axes will be used (or generated if required).

featureslist, default: None

a list of feature names to use The names of the features specified by the columns of the input dataset. This length of this list must match the number of columns in X, otherwise an exception will be raised on fit().

classeslist, default: None

a list of class names for the legend The class labels for each class in y, ordered by sorted class index. These names act as a label encoder for the legend, identifying integer classes or renaming string labels. If omitted, the class labels will be taken from the unique values in y.

Note that the length of this list must match the number of unique values in y, otherwise an exception is raised. This parameter is only used in the discrete target type case and is ignored otherwise.

colorslist or tuple, default: None

optional list or tuple of colors to colorize lines A single color to plot all instances as or a list of colors to color each instance according to its class. If not enough colors per class are specified then the colors are treated as a cycle.

colormapstring or cmap, default: None

optional string or matplotlib cmap to colorize lines The colormap used to create the individual colors. If classes are specified the colormap is used to evenly space colors across each class.

alphafloat, default: 1.0

Specify a transparency where 1 is completely opaque and 0 is completely transparent. This property makes densely clustered points more visible.


Keyword arguments that are passed to the base class and may influence the visualization as defined in other Visualizers.


>>> visualizer = RadViz()
>>> visualizer.fit(X, y)
>>> visualizer.transform(X)
>>> visualizer.poof()
features_ndarray, shape (n_features,)

The names of the features discovered or used in the visualizer that can be used as an index to access or modify data in X. If a user passes feature names in, those features are used. Otherwise the columns of a DataFrame are used or just simply the indices of the data array.

classes_ndarray, shape (n_classes,)

The class labels that define the discrete values in the target. Only available if the target type is discrete. This is guaranteed to be strings even if the classes are a different type.

draw(self, X, y, **kwargs)[source]

Called from the fit method, this method creates the radviz canvas and draws each instance as a class or target colored point, whose location is determined by the feature data set.

finalize(self, **kwargs)[source]

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

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

The fit method is the primary drawing input for the visualization since it has both the X and y data required for the viz and the transform method does not.

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


Pass generic arguments to the drawing method


Returns the instance of the transformer/visualizer

static normalize(X)[source]

MinMax normalization to fit a matrix in the space [0,1] by column.


alias of yellowbrick.features.radviz.RadialVisualizer