Missing Data Imputation for Python

## missingpy

missingpy is a library for missing data imputation in Python. It has an API consistent with scikit-learn, so users already comfortable with that interface will find themselves in familiar terrain. Currently, the library supports k-Nearest Neighbors based imputation and Random Forest based imputation (MissForest) but we plan to add other imputation tools in the future so please stay tuned!

## Installation

pip install missingpy

## k-Nearest Neighbors (kNN) Imputation

### Example

# Let X be an array containing missing values
from missingpy import KNNImputer
imputer = KNNImputer()
X_imputed = imputer.fit_transform(X)


### Description

The KNNImputer class provides imputation for completing missing values using the k-Nearest Neighbors approach. Each sample's missing values are imputed using values from n_neighbors nearest neighbors found in the training set. Note that if a sample has more than one feature missing, then the sample can potentially have multiple sets of n_neighbors donors depending on the particular feature being imputed.

Each missing feature is then imputed as the average, either weighted or unweighted, of these neighbors. Where the number of donor neighbors is less than n_neighbors, the training set average for that feature is used for imputation. The total number of samples in the training set is, of course, always greater than or equal to the number of nearest neighbors available for imputation, depending on both the overall sample size as well as the number of samples excluded from nearest neighbor calculation because of too many missing features (as controlled by row_max_missing). For more information on the methodology, see .

The following snippet demonstrates how to replace missing values, encoded as np.nan, using the mean feature value of the two nearest neighbors of the rows that contain the missing values::

>>> import numpy as np
>>> from missingpy import KNNImputer
>>> nan = np.nan
>>> X = [[1, 2, nan], [3, 4, 3], [nan, 6, 5], [8, 8, 7]]
>>> imputer = KNNImputer(n_neighbors=2, weights="uniform")
>>> imputer.fit_transform(X)
array([[1. , 2. , 4. ],
[3. , 4. , 3. ],
[5.5, 6. , 5. ],
[8. , 8. , 7. ]])


### API

KNNImputer(missing_values="NaN", n_neighbors=5, weights="uniform",
col_max_missing=0.8, copy=True)

Parameters
----------
missing_values : integer or "NaN", optional (default = "NaN")
The placeholder for the missing values. All occurrences of
missing_values will be imputed. For missing values encoded as
np.nan, use the string value "NaN".

n_neighbors : int, optional (default = 5)
Number of neighboring samples to use for imputation.

weights : str or callable, optional (default = "uniform")
Weight function used in prediction.  Possible values:

- 'uniform' : uniform weights.  All points in each neighborhood
are weighted equally.
- 'distance' : weight points by the inverse of their distance.
in this case, closer neighbors of a query point will have a
greater influence than neighbors which are further away.
- [callable] : a user-defined function which accepts an
array of distances, and returns an array of the same shape
containing the weights.

metric : str or callable, optional (default = "masked_euclidean")
Distance metric for searching neighbors. Possible values:
- [callable] : a user-defined function which conforms to the
definition of _pairwise_callable(X, Y, metric, **kwds). In other
words, the function accepts two arrays, X and Y, and a
missing_values keyword in **kwds and returns a scalar distance
value.

row_max_missing : float, optional (default = 0.5)
The maximum fraction of columns (i.e. features) that can be missing
before the sample is excluded from nearest neighbor imputation. It
means that such rows will not be considered a potential donor in
fit(), and in transform() their missing feature values will be
imputed to be the column mean for the entire dataset.

col_max_missing : float, optional (default = 0.8)
The maximum fraction of rows (or samples) that can be missing
for any feature beyond which an error is raised.

copy : boolean, optional (default = True)
If True, a copy of X will be created. If False, imputation will
be done in-place whenever possible. Note that, if metric is
"masked_euclidean" and copy=False then missing_values in the
input matrix X will be overwritten with zeros.

Attributes
----------
statistics_ : 1-D array of length {n_features}
The 1-D array contains the mean of each feature calculated using
observed (i.e. non-missing) values. This is used for imputing
missing values in samples that are either excluded from nearest
neighbors search because they have too many ( > row_max_missing)
missing features or because all of the sample's k-nearest neighbors
(i.e., the potential donors) also have the relevant feature value
missing.

Methods
-------
fit(X, y=None):
Fit the imputer on X.

Parameters
----------
X : {array-like}, shape (n_samples, n_features)
Input data, where n_samples is the number of samples and
n_features is the number of features.

Returns
-------
self : object
Returns self.

transform(X):
Impute all missing values in X.

Parameters
----------
X : {array-like}, shape = [n_samples, n_features]
The input data to complete.

Returns
-------
X : {array-like}, shape = [n_samples, n_features]
The imputed dataset.

fit_transform(X, y=None, **fit_params):
Fit KNNImputer and impute all missing values in X.

Parameters
----------
X : {array-like}, shape (n_samples, n_features)
Input data, where n_samples is the number of samples and
n_features is the number of features.

Returns
-------
X : {array-like}, shape (n_samples, n_features)
Returns imputed dataset.


### References

1. Olga Troyanskaya, Michael Cantor, Gavin Sherlock, Pat Brown, Trevor Hastie, Robert Tibshirani, David Botstein and Russ B. Altman, Missing value estimation methods for DNA microarrays, BIOINFORMATICS Vol. 17 no. 6, 2001 Pages 520-525.

## Random Forest Imputation (MissForest)

### Example

# Let X be an array containing missing values
from missingpy import MissForest
imputer = MissForest()
X_imputed = imputer.fit_transform(X)


### Description

MissForest imputes missing values using Random Forests in an iterative fashion . By default, the imputer begins imputing missing values of the column (which is expected to be a variable) with the smallest number of missing values -- let's call this the candidate column. The first step involves filling any missing values of the remaining, non-candidate, columns with an initial guess, which is the column mean for columns representing numerical variables and the column mode for columns representing categorical variables. Note that the categorical variables need to be explicitly identified during the imputer's fit() method call (see API for more information). After that, the imputer fits a random forest model with the candidate column as the outcome variable and the remaining columns as the predictors over all rows where the candidate column values are not missing. After the fit, the missing rows of the candidate column are imputed using the prediction from the fitted Random Forest. The rows of the non-candidate columns act as the input data for the fitted model. Following this, the imputer moves on to the next candidate column with the second smallest number of missing values from among the non-candidate columns in the first round. The process repeats itself for each column with a missing value, possibly over multiple iterations or epochs for each column, until the stopping criterion is met. The stopping criterion is governed by the "difference" between the imputed arrays over successive iterations. For numerical variables (num_vars_), the difference is defined as follows:

 sum((X_new[:, num_vars_] - X_old[:, num_vars_]) ** 2) /
sum((X_new[:, num_vars_]) ** 2)


For categorical variables(cat_vars_), the difference is defined as follows:

sum(X_new[:, cat_vars_] != X_old[:, cat_vars_])) / n_cat_missing


where X_new is the newly imputed array, X_old is the array imputed in the previous round, n_cat_missing is the total number of categorical values that are missing, and the sum() is performed both across rows and columns. Following , the stopping criterion is considered to have been met when difference between X_new and X_old increases for the first time for both types of variables (if available).

>>> from missingpy import MissForest
>>> nan = float("NaN")
>>> X = [[1, 2, nan], [3, 4, 3], [nan, 6, 5], [8, 8, 7]]
>>> imputer = MissForest()
>>> imputer.fit_transform(X)
Iteration: 0
Iteration: 1
Iteration: 2
Iteration: 3
array([[1.  , 2. , 4. ],
[3.  , 4. , 3. ],
[3.16, 6. , 5. ],
[8.  , 8. , 7. ]])


### API

MissForest(max_iter=10, decreasing=False, missing_values=np.nan,
copy=True, n_estimators=100, criterion=('mse', 'gini'),
max_depth=None, min_samples_split=2, min_samples_leaf=1,
min_weight_fraction_leaf=0.0, max_features='auto',
max_leaf_nodes=None, min_impurity_decrease=0.0,
bootstrap=True, oob_score=False, n_jobs=-1, random_state=None,
verbose=0, warm_start=False, class_weight=None)

Parameters
----------
NOTE: Most parameter definitions below are taken verbatim from the
Scikit-Learn documentation at  and .

max_iter : int, optional (default = 10)
The maximum iterations of the imputation process. Each column with a
missing value is imputed exactly once in a given iteration.

decreasing : boolean, optional (default = False)
If set to True, columns are sorted according to decreasing number of
missing values. In other words, imputation will move from imputing
columns with the largest number of missing values to columns with
fewest number of missing values.

missing_values : np.nan, integer, optional (default = np.nan)
The placeholder for the missing values. All occurrences of
missing_values will be imputed.

copy : boolean, optional (default = True)
If True, a copy of X will be created. If False, imputation will
be done in-place whenever possible.

criterion : tuple, optional (default = ('mse', 'gini'))
The function to measure the quality of a split.The first element of
the tuple is for the Random Forest Regressor (for imputing numerical
variables) while the second element is for the Random Forest
Classifier (for imputing categorical variables).

n_estimators : integer, optional (default=100)
The number of trees in the forest.

max_depth : integer or None, optional (default=None)
The maximum depth of the tree. If None, then nodes are expanded until
all leaves are pure or until all leaves contain less than
min_samples_split samples.

min_samples_split : int, float, optional (default=2)
The minimum number of samples required to split an internal node:
- If int, then consider min_samples_split as the minimum number.
- If float, then min_samples_split is a fraction and
ceil(min_samples_split * n_samples) are the minimum
number of samples for each split.

min_samples_leaf : int, float, optional (default=1)
The minimum number of samples required to be at a leaf node.
A split point at any depth will only be considered if it leaves at
least min_samples_leaf training samples in each of the left and
right branches.  This may have the effect of smoothing the model,
especially in regression.
- If int, then consider min_samples_leaf as the minimum number.
- If float, then min_samples_leaf is a fraction and
ceil(min_samples_leaf * n_samples) are the minimum
number of samples for each node.

min_weight_fraction_leaf : float, optional (default=0.)
The minimum weighted fraction of the sum total of weights (of all
the input samples) required to be at a leaf node. Samples have
equal weight when sample_weight is not provided.

max_features : int, float, string or None, optional (default="auto")
The number of features to consider when looking for the best split:
- If int, then consider max_features features at each split.
- If float, then max_features is a fraction and
int(max_features * n_features) features are considered at each
split.
- If "auto", then max_features=sqrt(n_features).
- If "sqrt", then max_features=sqrt(n_features) (same as "auto").
- If "log2", then max_features=log2(n_features).
- If None, then max_features=n_features.
Note: the search for a split does not stop until at least one
valid partition of the node samples is found, even if it requires to
effectively inspect more than max_features features.

max_leaf_nodes : int or None, optional (default=None)
Grow trees with max_leaf_nodes in best-first fashion.
Best nodes are defined as relative reduction in impurity.
If None then unlimited number of leaf nodes.

min_impurity_decrease : float, optional (default=0.)
A node will be split if this split induces a decrease of the impurity
greater than or equal to this value.
The weighted impurity decrease equation is the following::
N_t / N * (impurity - N_t_R / N_t * right_impurity
- N_t_L / N_t * left_impurity)
where N is the total number of samples, N_t is the number of
samples at the current node, N_t_L is the number of samples in the
left child, and N_t_R is the number of samples in the right child.
N, N_t, N_t_R and N_t_L all refer to the weighted sum,
if sample_weight is passed.

bootstrap : boolean, optional (default=True)
Whether bootstrap samples are used when building trees.

oob_score : bool (default=False)
Whether to use out-of-bag samples to estimate
the generalization accuracy.

n_jobs : int or None, optional (default=None)
The number of jobs to run in parallel for both fit and predict.
None means 1 unless in a :obj:joblib.parallel_backend context.
-1 means using all processors. See :term:Glossary <n_jobs>
for more details.

random_state : int, RandomState instance or None, optional (default=None)
If int, random_state is the seed used by the random number generator;
If RandomState instance, random_state is the random number generator;
If None, the random number generator is the RandomState instance used
by np.random.

verbose : int, optional (default=0)
Controls the verbosity when fitting and predicting.

warm_start : bool, optional (default=False)
When set to True, reuse the solution of the previous call to fit
and add more estimators to the ensemble, otherwise, just fit a whole
new forest. See :term:the Glossary <warm_start>.

class_weight : dict, list of dicts, "balanced", "balanced_subsample" or \
None, optional (default=None)
Weights associated with classes in the form {class_label: weight}.
If not given, all classes are supposed to have weight one. For
multi-output problems, a list of dicts can be provided in the same
order as the columns of y.
Note that for multioutput (including multilabel) weights should be
defined for each class of every column in its own dict. For example,
for four-class multilabel classification weights should be
[{0: 1, 1: 1}, {0: 1, 1: 5}, {0: 1, 1: 1}, {0: 1, 1: 1}] instead of
[{1:1}, {2:5}, {3:1}, {4:1}].
The "balanced" mode uses the values of y to automatically adjust
weights inversely proportional to class frequencies in the input data
as n_samples / (n_classes * np.bincount(y))
The "balanced_subsample" mode is the same as "balanced" except that
weights are computed based on the bootstrap sample for every tree
grown.
For multi-output, the weights of each column of y will be multiplied.
Note that these weights will be multiplied with sample_weight (passed
through the fit method) if sample_weight is specified.
NOTE: This parameter is only applicable for Random Forest Classifier
objects (i.e., for categorical variables).

Attributes
----------
statistics_ : Dictionary of length two
The first element is an array with the mean of each numerical feature
being imputed while the second element is an array of modes of
categorical features being imputed (if available, otherwise it
will be None).

Methods
-------
fit(self, X, y=None, cat_vars=None):
Fit the imputer on X.

Parameters
----------
X : {array-like}, shape (n_samples, n_features)
Input data, where n_samples is the number of samples and
n_features is the number of features.

cat_vars : int or array of ints, optional (default = None)
An int or an array containing column indices of categorical
variable(s)/feature(s) present in the dataset X.
None if there are no categorical variables in the dataset.

Returns
-------
self : object
Returns self.

transform(X):
Impute all missing values in X.

Parameters
----------
X : {array-like}, shape = [n_samples, n_features]
The input data to complete.

Returns
-------
X : {array-like}, shape = [n_samples, n_features]
The imputed dataset.

fit_transform(X, y=None, **fit_params):
Fit MissForest and impute all missing values in X.

Parameters
----------
X : {array-like}, shape (n_samples, n_features)
Input data, where n_samples is the number of samples and
n_features is the number of features.

Returns
-------
X : {array-like}, shape (n_samples, n_features)
Returns imputed dataset.


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