I am working on a project with image classification with 5 different classes and I was wondering if categorical classification can be used as a synonym for multi-class classification.

PS. Forgive me for the naive question

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    $\begingroup$ yes it's the same thing $\endgroup$
    – Djib2011
    Commented Dec 8, 2019 at 10:17

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Yeah, the answer is as simple as :

  • Binary Classification means only 2 targets to find.

  • Multilabel / Multiclass / Multinomial Classification means more than 2 targets to find.

In Supervised Learning, you will have :

  • Classification (class of 0, 1 etc..)
  • Regression (continuous values 84.2, 105.8 etc..)

Categorical and class means the same and are the opposite of Regression which are continuous variables

You can find example on https://scikit-learn.org/stable/supervised_learning.html#supervised-learning


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