Challenge 4: Cross-validationChallenge 4: Cross-validation

Cross-validation is a pivotal technique in machine learning that aims to assess the generalization performance of a model on unseen data. Given the inherent risk of overfitting a model to a particular dataset cross-validation offers a solution. By partitioning the original dataset into multiple subsets, the model is trained on some of these subsets and tested on the others.

By rotating the testing fold and averaging the results across all iterations, we gain a more robust estimate of the model's performance. This iterative process not only provides insights into the model's potential variability and bias but also aids in mitigating overfitting, ensuring that the model has a balanced performance across different subsets of the data.


Implement a pipeline that combines data preprocessing and model training. After establishing the pipeline, utilize cross-validation to assess the performance of a classifier on the Wine dataset.

  1. Create a pipeline that includes standard scaling and decision tree classifier.
  2. Apply 5-fold cross-validation on the pipeline.
  3. Calculate the average accuracy across all folds.
Code Description
from sklearn.pipeline import Pipeline

Imports the Pipeline class, which allows for the sequential application of transformations and a final estimator.

pipe = Pipeline([...])

Establishes a pipeline that first scales the data using StandardScaler and then applies a DecisionTreeClassifier.

scores = cross_val_score(pipe, X, y, cv=5)

Applies 5-fold cross-validation on the pipeline to obtain an array of scores, reflecting the accuracy for each fold.

average_accuracy = scores.mean()

Calculates the average accuracy by computing the mean of the scores obtained from cross-validation.

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