Wanna apply a specific scaler, say StandardScaler, on a specific feature, keeping other features intact.

the dataset format is something like: [ [1, 0.2, 1000], [2, 0.1, 2400], [3, 0.9, 7620] ]

I need to transform only one column, the third in this example.

I don't want to use pandas.


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Just pass one column to the scaler, and change the data inlace, something like:

x[i,:] = scaler.transform(x[i,:])

Once the scaler is fitted.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, It works only if x is numpy.array, not list. Btw, no problem, wrapping x in numpy.array(). $\endgroup$
    – Hosein
    Dec 30, 2018 at 3:57
  • $\begingroup$ If it's just a list, then x[i] should work ;) $\endgroup$ Dec 30, 2018 at 8:08

As mentioned, the easiest way is to apply the StandardScaler to only the subset of features that need to be scaled, and then concatenate the result with the remaining features.

Alternatively, scikit-learn also offers (a still experimental, i.e. subject to change) ColumnTransformer API. It works similar to a pipeline:

from sklearn.compose import ColumnTransformer 
from sklearn.preprocessing import  StandarScaler 
column_trans = ColumnTransformer(
    [('scaler', StandardScaler(),2],

The third entry of the tuple (here : 2) can be a single or a list of column indices (or column names when working with a pandas DataFrame).


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