Basic Optimization

ISYE 6740 Homework 3

Total 100 points.

1. Basic optimization. (30 points.)

Consider a simpli ed logistic regression problem. Given m training samples (xi; yi), i = 1; : : : ;m.

The data xi 2 R (note that we only have one feature for each sample), and yi 2 f0; 1g. To t a

logistic regression model for classi cation, we solve the following optimization problem, where 2 R

is a parameter we aim to nd:


`( ); (1)

where the log-likelhood function

`( ) =



f???? log(1 + expf???? xig) + (yi ???? 1) xig :

(a) (10 points) Show step-by-step mathematical derivation for the gradient of the cost function `( )

in (1) and write a pseudo-code for performing gradient descent to nd the optimizer . This is

essentially what the training procedure does. (pseudo-code means you will write down the steps

of the algorithm, not necessarily any speci c programming language.)

(b) (10 points) Present a stochastic gradient descent algorithm to solve the training of logistic

regression problem (1).

(c) (10 points) We will show that the training problem in basic logistic regression problem

is concave. Derive the Hessian matrix of `( ) and based on this, show the training problem (1)

is concave (note that in this case, since we only have one feature, the Hessian matrix is just a

scalar). Explain why the problem can be solved e ciently and gradient descent will achieve a

unique global optimizer, as we discussed in class.

2. Comparing Bayes, logistic, and KNN classi ers. (30 points)

In lectures we learn three di erent classi ers. This question is to implement and compare them. We are

suggest use Scikit-learn, which is a commonly-used and powerful Python library with various machine

learning tools. But you can also use other similar library in other languages of your choice to perform

the tasks.

Part One (Divorce classi cation/prediction). (20 points)

This dataset is about participants who completed the personal information form and a divorce predic-

tors scale.

The data is a modi ed version of the publicly available at

Divorce+Predictors+data+set (by injecting noise so you will not replicate the results on uci web-

site). There are 170 participants and 54 attributes (or predictor variables) that are all real-valued. The

dataset marriage.csv. The last column of the CSV le is label y (1 means divorce”, 0 means no

divorce”). Each column is for one feature (predictor variable), and each row is a sample (participant).

A detailed explanation for each feature (predictor variable) can be found at the website link above.

Our goal is to build a classi er using training data, such that given a test sample, we can classify (or

essentially predict) whether its label is 0 (no divorce”) or 1 (divorce”).


Build three classi ers using (Naive Bayes, Logistic Regression, KNN). Use the rst 80% data for

training and the remaining 20% for testing. If you use scikit-learn you can use train test split to split

the dataset.

Remark: Please note that, here, for Naive Bayes, this means that we have to estimate the variance for

each individual feature from training data. When estimating the variance, if the variance is zero to

close to zero (meaning that there is very little variability in the feature), you can set the variance to

be a small number, e.g., = 10????3. We do not want to have include zero or nearly variance in Naive

Bayes. This tip holds for both Part One and Part Two of this question.

(a) (10 points) Report testing accuracy for each of the three classi ers. Comment on their perfor-

mance: which performs the best and make a guess why they perform the best in this setting.

(b) (10 points) Use the rst two features to train three new classi ers. Plot the data points and

decision boundary of each classi er. Comment on the di erence between the decision boundary

for the three classi ers. Please clearly represent the data points with di erent labels using di erent


Part Two (Handwritten digits classi cation). (10 points) Repeat the above using the MNIST

Data in our Homework 2. Here, give digit” 6 label y = 1, and give digit” 2 label y = 0. All the

pixels in each image will be the feature (predictor variables) for that sample (i.e., image). Our goal

is to build classi er to such that given a new test sample, we can tell is it a 2 or a 6. Using the rst

80% of the samples for training and remaining 20% for testing. Report the classi cation accuracy on

testing data, for each of the three classi ers. Comment on their performance: which performs the best

and make a guess why they perform the best in this setting.

3. Naive Bayes for spam ltering. (40 points)

In this problem we will use the Naive Bayes algorithm to t a spam lter by hand. This will en-

hance your understanding to Bayes classi er and build intuition. This question does not involve any

programming but only derivation and hand calculation.

Spam lters are used in all email services to classify received emails as Spam” or Not Spam”. A

simple approach involves maintaining a vocabulary of words that commonly occur in Spam” emails

and classifying an email as Spam” if the number of words from the dictionary that are present in the

email is over a certain threshold. We are given the vocabulary consists of 15 words

V = fsecret, o er, low, price, valued, customer, today, dollar, million, sports, is, for, play, healthy, pizzag:

We will use Vi to represent the ith word in V . As our training dataset, we are also given 3 example

spam messages,

• million dollar o er

• secret o er today

• secret is secret

and 4 example non-spam messages

• low price for valued customer

• play secret sports today

• sports is healthy

• low price pizza


Recall that the Naive Bayes classi er assumes the probability of an input depends on its input feature.

The feature for each sample is de ned as x(i) = [x(i)

1 ; x(i)

2 ; : : : ; x(i)

d ]T , i = 1; : : : ;m and the class of the

ith sample is y(i). In our case the length of the input vector is d = 15, which is equal to the number

of words in the vocabulary V . Each entry x(i)

j is equal to the number of times word Vj occurs in the

i-th message.

(a) (5 points) Calculate class prior P(y = 0) and P(y = 1) from the training data, where y = 0

corresponds to spam messages, and y = 1 corresponds to non-spam messages. Note that these

class prior essentially corresponds to the frequency of each class in the training sample.

(b) (10 points) Write down the feature vectors for each spam and non-spam messages.

(c) (15 points) In the Naive Bayes model, assuming the keywords are independent of each other (this

is a simpli cation), the likelihood of a sentence with its feature vector x given a class c is given


P(xjy = c) =




c;k; c = f0; 1g

where 0 c;k 1 is the probability of word k appearing in class c, which satis es



c;k = 1; 8c:

Given this, the complete log-likelihood function for our training data is given by

`( 1;1; : : : ; 1;d; 2;1; : : : ; 2;d) =






k log y(i);k

(In this example, m = 7.) Calculate the maximum likelihood estimates of 0;1, 0;7, 1;1, 1;15 by

maximizing the log-likelihood function above. (Hint: We are solving a constrained maximization

problem. To do this, remember, you need to introduce two Lagrangian multiplier because you

have two constraints.)

(d) (10 points) Given a test message today is secret”, using the Naive Bayes classier that you have

trained in Part (a)-(c), to calculate the posterior and decide whether it is spam or not spam.


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