Mapping the geopoint (Latitude & Longitude) to Shapefile

Sometimes you want to know what Kelurahan (Village), Kecamatan (District), Kabupaten (Region), and Province are from latitude and longitude. I did it with R, here the script is.

This is part of the analysis you may need when you handle GeoSpatial Data.

Thank someone who gave me the example from this link.


The comparison between randomForest and ranger

Forest. Source: Here

A Couple days ago I had a chance to be a speaker on internal data scientist meeting at the company that I work for: Stream Intelligence. The meeting is usually held on monthly basis, and the last meeting in October was 6th meeting. We used Skype for Business to connect between the Data Scientists in Jakarta and in London.

I delivered a topic titled Random forest in R: A case study of a telecommunication company. For those who do not know Random Forest, an Indian guy, Gopal Malakar, had made a video uploaded in Youtube. He elaborated the definition of random forest. First of all, check the video out!

Based on the video, one important thing that you have to remember about random forest is that, it is a collection of trees. It was built by a number of decision trees. Each decision trees is formed by random variables and observations of the training data.

Supposed that we have trained a random forest model, and it was made from 100 decision trees. One test observation was inputted on the model. The decision tree outputs will result 60Y and 40N. Hence the output of random forest model is Y with score or probability 0.6.

OK, let’s practice how to train random forest algorithm for classification in R. I just knew it couple weeks ago from Datacamp course, that there are two random forest packages: 1) randomForest and 2) ranger. They recommend ranger, because it is a lot faster than original randomForest.

To prove it, I have created a script using Sonar dataset and caret package for machine learning, with methods: ranger / rf, and tuneLength=2 (this argument refers to mtry, or number of variables that was used to create trees in random forest). In random Forest, mtry is the hyperparameter that we can tune.

Output of ranger training

Output of random forest training

So, the random forest training with ranger function is 26.75-22.37 = 4.38 seconds or 25% faster than original random forest (Assume we use user time).

However, if I tried to change tuneLength parameter with 5. It reveals that the original randomForest function is faster than ranger. Hmmm… seems that I have to upload a question to stackoverflow or Datacamp experts.

Import from a Database in R

Importing database to R
Importing database to R

When you use R for data analysis, sometimes you have to import data from a Database (e.g. SQL), instead of just import data by reading the csv, excel, or mat file. To do this, we have to do several steps. Good thing Datacamp course provide us step-by-step guidance.

There are 5 steps you need to do if you did not install RMySQL package yet. If you have installed the package, you could skip step 1. In step 2, you need to establish connection with database with dbconnect() function. Then, in step 3 you can list the database tables using dbListTables(), in which three tables are available: users, tweats, and comments. In Step 4, you can import the table and assign into a data frame variable. Last but not least, if you have finish importing data, the polite way must be performed is disconnecting the database using dbDisconnect() function.

You can find the R-script described as follow:

Hope it helps! ;D

Comparing The Machine Learning Methods with ROC Curve

Yesterday I continued a Datacamp online course named Introduction to Machine Learning. Frankly, this course is very useful to strengthen my understanding in machine learning! Plus, I am a big fan of R! The more you repeat the course, the more you understand the meaning of it. Well, the topic was about “comparing the methods”. It is part of chapter 3 – Classification topic, precisely at the end of the chapter. It says that the powerful tool to compare the machine learning methods, especially classification, is ROC Curve. FYI, out of the record, this ROC curve analysis was also requested by the one of the client. 😉

What is ROC?

ROC stands for Receiver Operating Characteristic. In statistics, it is a graphical plot that illustrates the performance of a binary classifier system as its discrimination threshold is varied.  Electrical engineers and radar engineers during World War II firstly developed the ROC curve for detecting objects of enemy, then soon used by psychologist to account for perceptual detection of stimuli. At this point, ROC analysis has been used in medicine, radiology, biometrics, machine learning, and data mining research. (Source: here).

The sample of ROC curve is illustrated in the Figure 1. The horizontal axis represents the false-positive rate (FPR), while vertical axis represents the true-positive rate (TPR). The true-positive rate is also known as sensitivity, recall or probability of detection in machine learning. The false-positive rate is also known as the fall-out or probability of false alarm and can be calculated as (1 −specificity).

ROC Curve - Source: Wikipedia
Figure 1. ROC Curve – Source: Wikipedia.

How to create this curve in R?

You need:

  • Classifier that outputs probabilities
  • ROCR Package installed

Suppose that you have a data set called adult that can be downloaded here from UCIMLR. It is a medium sized dataset about the income of people given a set of features like education, race, sex, and so on. Each observation is labeled with 1 or 0: 1 means the observation has annual income equal or above $50,000, 0 means the observation has an annual income lower than $50,000. This label information is stored in the income variable. Then data split into train and test. Upon splitting, you can train the data using a method e.g. decision tree (rpart), predict the test data with “predict” function and argument type=”prob”, and aha… see the complete R code below.

The plot result is as follow:

ROC result of DT
Figure 2. ROC result of Decision Tree

How to interpret the result of ROC?

Basically, the closer the curve to the upper left corner, the better the classifier. In other words, the “area under curve” should be closed to maximum value, which is 1. We can do comparison of performance based on ROC curve of two methods which are Decision Tree (DT) and K-Nearest Neighbor K-NN as seen in Figure 3. It shows that the DT method that represented by red line outperforms K-NN that represented by green line.

ROC Result of DT and KNN
Figure 3. ROC Result of Decision Tree and K-Nearest Neighbor

The R Code to draw Figure 3 is represented by the following code:

Area under curve (AUC) parameter can also be calculated by running this command below. It shows that the AUC of DT is 5% greater than K-NN.



  • ROC (Receiver Operator Characteristic) Curve is a very powerful performance measure.
  • It is used for binomial classification.
  • ROCR is a great package to be used in R for drawing ROC curve
  • The closer the curve to the upper left of area, the better the classifier.
  • The good classifier has big area under curve.

Ganjil vs Genap: Menang Mana?

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Seperti yang Anda tahu, warga DKI Jakarta mengalami permasalahan kota yang sangat klasik, yaitu kemacetan. Untuk mengatasi permasalahan tersebut, pemerintah sudah banyak melakukan usaha, seperti penambahan armada busway, pembatasan kendaraan dengan 3 in 1 di lokasi tertentu, dan peraturan yang paling baru resmi diterapkan pada 30 Agustus 2016, yaitu ganjil genap. Dengan adanya peraturan ganjil genap ini, maka 3 in 1 sudah tidak ada lagi.

Saya tak akan menganalisis pengaruh peraturan ini terhadap tingkat kemacetan di Jakarta, tetapi ingin menjawab pertanyaan yang tadi pagi terlintas dalam benak saya, yaitu:

Mana yang lebih untung, punya kendaraan berplat ganjil atau genap?

Untuk menjawab pertanyaan tersebut, kita asumsikan yang menjadi patokan “lebih untung” adalah jumlah hari kendaraan bisa berkendara di jalan-jalan yang diterapkan ganjil-genap, maka kita harus menghitung berapa hari masing-masing kendaraan ganjil dan genap dapat melintas dalam kurun waktu tertentu.

Asumsi kurun waktu yang diambil adalah 1 tahun sejak 30 Agustus 2016. Berarti, interval waktunya adalah 30 Agustus 2016 hingga 29 Agustus 2017. Jumlah hari dalam kurun waktu tersebut adalah 365 hari. Kita kurangkan dengan hari Sabtu dan Minggu yang mana sebanyak 104 hari, sehingga tinggal 261 hari. Kita kurangkan lagi dengan jumlah hari libur yang tidak bertepatan pada hari Sabtu dan hari Minggu, yaitu sebanyak 11 hari, sehingga tinggal 250 hari. Jika kita asosiasikan dengan tanggal, maka jumlah tanggal ganjil di luar dari hari Sabtu, Minggu, dan libur adalah 129 hari. Sedangkan jumlah tanggal genapnya adalah 121 hari. Dengan demikian, Anda yang memiliki kendaraan plat nomor ganjil lebih diuntungkan 8 hari dibandingkan dengan yang memiliki kendaraan plat nomor genap.

Pertanyaan saya terjawab.

Oiya, untuk mengerjakan hal ini, saya dibantu oleh R programming sederhana berikut.

Note: Daftar Hari Libur saya daftar di file csv (daftarlibur.csv).


Akan tetapi, sebenarnya tanpa bantuan script pun bisa dilakukan dengan cepat. Satu tahun ada 12 bulan. Ada 7 bulan yang memiliki 31 hari, 4 bulan yang memiliki 30 hari, dan 1 bulan yang memiliki 28 atau 29 hari. Berarti dalam satu tahun, tanggal ganjil akan 7-8 hari lebih banyak ketimbang genap. Make sense. Ganjil, you are the winner!