Matthews correlation coefficient

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The Matthews correlation coefficient is used in machine learning as a measure of the quality of binary (two-class) classifications. It takes into account true and false positives and negatives and is generally regarded as a balanced measure which can be used even if the classes are of very different sizes. The MCC is in essence a correlation coefficient between the observed and predicted binary classifications; it returns a value between −1 and +1. A coefficient of +1 represents a perfect prediction, 0 no better than random prediction and −1 indicates total disagreement between prediction and observation. The statistic is also known as the phi coefficient. MCC is related to the chi-square statistic for a 2×2 contingency table

where n is the total number of observations.

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The MCC can be calculated directly from the confusion matrix using the formula:

In this equation, TP is the number of true positives, TN the number of true negatives, FP the number of false positives and FN the number of false negatives. If any of the four sums in the denominator is zero, the denominator can be arbitrarily set to one; this results in a Matthews correlation coefficient of zero, which can be shown to be the correct limiting value.

The measure was introduced in 1975 by Matthews.[1] The original formula equal to above was:

As a correlation coefficient, the Matthews correlation coefficient is the geometric mean of the regression coefficients of the problem and its dual. The component regression coefficients of the Matthews correlation coefficient are markedness (deltap) and informedness (deltap').[2][3]

Confusion Matrix

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Terminology and derivations
from a confusion matrix
true positive (TP)
eqv. with hit
true negative (TN)
eqv. with correct rejection
false positive (FP)
eqv. with false alarm, Type I error
false negative (FN)
eqv. with miss, Type II error

sensitivity or true positive rate (TPR)
eqv. with hit rate, recall
specificity (SPC) or True Negative Rate
precision or positive predictive value (PPV)
negative predictive value (NPV)
fall-out or false positive rate (FPR)
false discovery rate (FDR)
Miss Rate or False Negative Rate (FNR)

accuracy (ACC)
F1 score
is the harmonic mean of precision and sensitivity
Matthews correlation coefficient (MCC)
Informedness
Markedness

Source: Fawcett (2006).[4]

Let us define an experiment from P positive instances and N negative instances for some condition. The four outcomes can be formulated in a 2×2 contingency table or confusion matrix, as follows:

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See also

References

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General References

  • Baldi, P.; Brunak, S.; Chauvin, Y.; Andersen, C. A. F.; Nielsen, H. Assessing the accuracy of prediction algorithms for classification: an overview" Bioinformatics 2000, 16, 412–424. [1]
  • Matthews, B.W., Comparison of the predicted and observed secondary structure of T4 phage lysozyme" Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1975, 405, 442–451
  • Carugo, O., Detailed estimation of bioinformatics prediction reliability through the Fragmented Prediction Performance Plots. BMC Bioinformatics 2007. [2]