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Practical Guide to Applied Conformal Prediction in Python

By : Valery Manokhin
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Book Image

Practical Guide to Applied Conformal Prediction in Python

4 (1)
By: Valery Manokhin

Overview of this book

In the rapidly evolving landscape of machine learning, the ability to accurately quantify uncertainty is pivotal. The book addresses this need by offering an in-depth exploration of Conformal Prediction, a cutting-edge framework to manage uncertainty in various ML applications. Learn how Conformal Prediction excels in calibrating classification models, produces well-calibrated prediction intervals for regression, and resolves challenges in time series forecasting and imbalanced data. Discover specialised applications of conformal prediction in cutting-edge domains like computer vision and NLP. Each chapter delves into specific aspects, offering hands-on insights and best practices for enhancing prediction reliability. The book concludes with a focus on multi-class classification nuances, providing expert-level proficiency to seamlessly integrate Conformal Prediction into diverse industries. With practical examples in Python using real-world datasets, expert insights, and open-source library applications, you will gain a solid understanding of this modern framework for uncertainty quantification. By the end of this book, you will be able to master Conformal Prediction in Python with a blend of theory and practical application, enabling you to confidently apply this powerful framework to quantify uncertainty in diverse fields.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
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Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Conformal Prediction Framework
Part 3: Applications of Conformal Prediction
Part 4: Advanced Topics

Mechanics of CQR

In the previous section, we observed that ICP generates prediction intervals of uniform width. Consequently, it doesn’t adjust adaptively to heteroscedastic data, where the variability of the response variable isn’t constant across different regions of the data.

In many cases, not only it is crucial to ensure valid coverage in final samples but it is also beneficial to generate the most concise prediction intervals for each point within the input space. This helps maintain the informativeness of these intervals. When dealing with heteroscedastic data, the model should be capable of adjusting the length of prediction intervals to match the local variability associated with each point in the feature space.

CQR (developed by Yaniv Romano, Evan Patterson, and Emmanuel Candes and published in the paper Conformalized Quantile Regression ( is one of the most popular and widely adopted conformal prediction models. It was...