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ClassificationPartitionedModel class

Cross-validated classification model


ClassificationPartitionedModel is a set of classification models trained on cross-validated folds. Estimate the quality of classification by cross validation using one or more "kfold" methods: kfoldPredict, kfoldLoss, kfoldMargin, kfoldEdge, and kfoldfun.

Every "kfold" method uses models trained on in-fold observations to predict the response for out-of-fold observations. For example, suppose you cross validate using five folds. In this case, every training fold contains roughly 4/5 of the data and every test fold contains roughly 1/5 of the data. The first model stored in Trained{1} was trained on X and Y with the first 1/5 excluded, the second model stored in Trained{2} was trained on X and Y with the second 1/5 excluded, and so on. When you call kfoldPredict, it computes predictions for the first 1/5 of the data using the first model, for the second 1/5 of data using the second model, and so on. In short, response for every observation is computed by kfoldPredict using the model trained without this observation.


CVModel = crossval(Model) creates a cross-validated classification model from a classification model (Model).


  • CVDiscrModel = fitcdiscr(X,Y,Name,Value)

  • CVEnsModel = fitensemble(X,Y,Name,Value)

  • CVKNNModel = fitcknn(X,Y,Name,Value)

  • CVSVMModel = fitcsvm(X,Y,Name,Value)

  • CVTreeModel = fitctree(X,Y,Name,Value)

create a cross-validated model when name is one of 'CrossVal', 'KFold', 'Holdout', 'Leaveout', or 'CVPartition'. For syntax details, see fitcdiscr, fitensemble, fitcknn, fitcsvm, and fitctree.

Input Arguments


A classification model. Model can be any of the following:

  • A classification tree trained using fitctree

  • A classification ensemble trained using fitensemble

  • A discriminant analysis classifier trained using fitcdiscr

  • A nearest-neighbor classifier trained using fitcknn

  • A support vector machine classifier trained using fitcsvm



List of categorical predictors.

If Model is a trained classification tree, then CategoricalPredictors is a numeric vector with indices from 1 to p, where p is the number of columns of X.

If Model is a trained discriminant analysis or support vector machine classifier, then CategoricalPredictors is an empty vector ([]).


List of elements in Y with duplicates removed. ClassNames has the same data type as the data in the argument Y, and therefore can be a categorical or character array, logical or numeric vector, or cell array of strings.


Square matrix, where Cost(i,j) is the cost of classifying a point into class j if its true class is i.

If CVModel is a cross-validated ClassificationDiscriminant model, then you can change its cost matrix to, e.g., CostMatrix, using dot notation.

CVModel.Cost = CostMatrix


Name of the cross-validated model, a string.


Number of folds used in cross-validated model, a positive integer.


Object holding parameters of CVModel.


The partition of class CVPartition used in creating the cross-validated model.


Cell array of strings containing the predictor names, in the order that they appear in X.


Prior probabilities for each class. Prior is a numeric vector whose entries relate to the corresponding ClassNames property.

If CVModel is a cross-validated ClassificationDiscriminant model, then you can change its vector of priors to, e.g., priorVector, using dot notation.

CVModel.Prior = priorVector


String describing the response variable Y.


String representing a built-in transformation function, or a function handle for transforming predicted classification scores.

To change the score transformation function to, e.g., function, use dot notation.

  • For a built-in function, enter a string.

    SVMModel.ScoreTransform = 'function';

    This table contains the available, built-in functions.

    'doublelogit'1/(1 + e–2x)
    'invlogit'log(x / (1–x))
    'ismax'Set the score for the class with the largest score to 1, and scores for all other classes to 0.
    'logit'1/(1 + ex)
    'none'x (no transformation)
    'sign'–1 for x < 0
    0 for x = 0
    1 for x > 0
    'symmetric'2x – 1
    'symmetriclogit'2/(1 + ex) – 1
    'symmetricismax'Set the score for the class with the largest score to 1, and scores for all other classes to -1.

  • For a MATLAB® function, or a function that you define, enter its function handle.

    SVMModel.ScoreTransform = @function;

    function should accept a matrix (the original scores) and return a matrix of the same size (the transformed scores).


The trained learners, a cell array of compact classification models.


The scaled weights, a vector with length n, the number of rows in X.


Numeric matrix of predictor values. Each column of X represents one variable, and each row represents one observation.


Categorical or character array, logical or numeric vector, or cell array of strings specifying the class labels for each observation. Y has the same number of rows as X, and each entry of Y is the response to the data in the corresponding row of X.


kfoldEdgeClassification edge for observations not used for training
kfoldfunCross validate function
kfoldLossClassification loss for observations not used for training
kfoldMarginClassification margins for observations not used for training
kfoldPredictPredict response for observations not used for training

Copy Semantics

Value. To learn how value classes affect copy operations, see Copying Objects in the MATLAB documentation.


To estimate posterior probabilities of trained, cross-validated SVM classifiers, use fitSVMPosterior.


Evaluate Classification Error of a Classification Tree Classifier

Evaluate the k-fold cross-validation error for a classification tree model of the Fisher iris data:

load fisheriris
tree =,species);
cvtree = crossval(tree);
L = kfoldLoss(cvtree)

L =

Estimate Posterior Probabilities for Test Samples

Determine positive class posterior probabilities for the test set of an SVM algorithm.

Load the ionosphere data set.

load ionosphere

Train an SVM classifier. Specify a 20% holdout sample. It is good practice to standardize the predictors and specify the class order.

rng(1) % For reproducibility
CVSVMModel = fitcsvm(X,Y,'Holdout',0.2,'Standardize',true,...

CVSVMModel is a trained ClassificationPartitionedModel cross-validated classifier.

Estimate the optimal score function for mapping observation scores to posterior probabilities of an observation being classified as 'g'.

ScoreCVSVMModel = fitSVMPosterior(CVSVMModel);

ScoreSVMModel is a trained ClassificationPartitionedModel cross-validated classifier containing the optimal score transformation function estimated from the training data.

Estimate the out-of-sample positive class posterior probabilities. Display the results for the first 10 out-of-sample observations.

[~,OOSPostProbs] = kfoldPredict(ScoreCVSVMModel);
indx = ~isnan(OOSPostProbs(:,2));
hoObs = find(indx); % Holdout observation numbers
OOSPostProbs = [hoObs, OOSPostProbs(indx,2)];
ans = 

    ObservationIndex    PosteriorProbability
    ________________    ____________________

     6                    0.17379           
     7                    0.89639           
     8                  0.0076593           
     9                    0.91603           
    16                   0.026714           
    22                  4.607e-06           
    23                     0.9024           
    24                  2.413e-06           
    38                  0.0004266           
    41                    0.86427           

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