I'm training a Logistic Regression classifier on text data. I found that many of my data points have more than one target class. Is it possible to modify my model to output more than one class based on the data. I plan to split multi-class data points in my training set into distinct classes(i.e. if one x has 3 classes, I will split that text into three so that each different text has a unique class associated with it). Then when I predict on the test data if I will output n classes such that


I will use the prdict_proba method of LogisticRegression for this. Is it a correct way of doing this?. your help is much appreciated.


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We can't use the same data with a different label in the same model.
It will confuse the model.
What you need is multiple models e.g. OneVsRest strategy. i.e. one for each Class.

Little clarification-
What you are looking for is Multi-label, not Multi-class. Please check the internet on this. May read this SO Answer for a quick understanding.

You can implement an OneVsRest multi-label yourself but better use the Scikit-learn implementation Link.

OneVsRestClassifier can also be used for multilabel classification. To use this feature, provide an indicator matrix for the target y when calling .fit.

What it means is to encode your data in a multi-label format when calling fit().
You may use the from sklearn.preprocessing import MultiLabelBinarizer for this.

classif = OneVsRestClassifier(LogisticRegression())
classif.fit(X, Y)

Read this SO Answer for an example.

You may also use a sklearn.multioutput import MultiOutputClassifier wrapper for the same. Check this SO Answer

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, @10xAI for your answer. Could you please elaborate on the first sentence "We can't use the same data with a different label in the same model. It will confuse the model."? $\endgroup$
    – NAS_2339
    May 25, 2021 at 4:55
  • $\begingroup$ I meant - Let's take an example, Data_1 = [1,2,3], y=CAT, Data_2 = [1,2,3], y=DOG. Same X but different Y. What should the model learn ? $\endgroup$
    – 10xAI
    May 27, 2021 at 15:29
  • $\begingroup$ As far as I understand, in multi-class classification, we have n models corresponding to n class with a one-vs-rest approach. So for each x, we get n probabilities. We take the highest probability among them. In an animal classifier, there could be a case where p(Dog)>0.5 and P(Cat)>0.5, but the function returns Dog since p(Dog)>P(Cat). Can I tweak the model to output both Cat and Dog. Are there any pitfalls for this approach? $\endgroup$
    – NAS_2339
    May 27, 2021 at 18:04

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