# Data Visualization Guide for Multi-dimensional Data

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## Introduction

One can view numbers and play with numbers if they are statisticians to get some valuable insights from the raw data, but in the real world do we know whether our stakeholders are that much into statistics? Majorly answers will be straight **“no”**, to give your series of knowledge and insights a **storytelling** nature, we need to provide it in the form of **Data Visualization** hence converting your numeric data into insightful **graphs/plots/charts**.

In this article, our focus will be primarily on **multi-dimensional** data. I have dedicated my previous article solely to **one-dimensional** data; that’s why focusing on N-D data is more important in enterprise case studies.

## Importing all the Necessary Packages

Starting with importing the relevant libraries like **NumPy** (handling mathematical calculations), **pandas** (DataFrame manipulations), **matplotlib** (The OG visualization library closest to python interpreter and **“C”** development), and last but not least- **seaborn** (built on top of matplotlib it give way more options and better look and feels comparative).

To explore higher dimensional data and the relationships between data attributes, we’ll load the file **Diabetes.csv**. It’s from Kaggle.

**Inference: **We will be using two datasets for this article, one will be the

**diabetes patients dataset,**and another one is the height and weight of the persons. In the above output, we can see a glimpse of the first dataset using the

**head**() method.

**Python Code:**

**Inference:** Removing the **missing or junk** values from the dataset is always the priority step. Here we are first replacing the **0** value with **NaN** as we had 0 as the bad data in our **features** column.

df.info()

**Output:**

**Inference:** Now we can see that in some of the columns, there are a few Null values like **Skin thickness, Insulin, BMI**, etc.

## Viewing the Data

So, surprisingly no one it’s useful to view the data. Straight up by using head, we can see that this dataset is utilizing **0** to represent no value – unless some poor unfortunate soul has a skin thickness of 0.

If we want to do more than expect the data, we can use the **described** function we talked about in the previous section.

df.describe()

**Output:**

## Scatter Matrix

Scatter Matrix is one of the best plots to determine the relationship (**linear** mostly) between the **multiple variables** of all the datasets; when you will see the linear graph between two or more variables that indicates the **high correlation** between those features, it can be either **positive** or **negative** correlation.

pd.plotting.scatter_matrix(df, figsize=(10, 10));

**Output:**

**Inference:** From the above plot, we can say that this plot alone is quite **descriptive** as it is showing us the linear relationship between all the variables in the dataset. For example, we can see **that skin Thickness** and **BMI** is sharing linear tendencies.

**Note:** Due to the big names of columns, we are facing a bit issue while reading the same though that can be improved (out of the scope of the article).

df2 = df.dropna() colors = df2["Outcome"].map(lambda x: "#44d9ff" if x else "#f95b4a") pd.plotting.scatter_matrix(df2, figsize=(10,10), color=colors);

**Output:**

**Inference:** The scatter plot gives us both the histograms for the distributions **along the diagonal** and also a lot of 2D scatter plots **off-diagonal**. Not that this is a symmetric matrix, so I just look at the diagonal and below it normally. We can see that some variables have a lot of scattering, and some are correlated (ie, there is a direction in their scatter). This leads us to another type of plot i.e., **correlation plot**.

## Correlation Plots

Before going into a deep discussion with the correlation plot, we first need to understand the correlation and for that reason, we are using the **pandas’ corr()** method that will return the **Pearson’s correlation coefficient** between two data inputs. In a nutshell, these plots easily quantify which variables or attributes are correlated with each other.

df.corr()

**Output:**

sb.set(rc={'figure.figsize':(11,6)}) sb.heatmap(df.corr());

**Output:**

** Inference: **In a seaborn or matplotlib supported

**correlation plot,**we can compare the higher and lower correlation between the variables using its color palette and scale. In the above graph,

**the lighter the color, the more the correlation and vice versa**. There are some drawbacks in this plot which we will get rid of in the very next graph.

sb.heatmap(df.corr(), annot=True, cmap="viridis", fmt="0.2f");

**Output:**

**Inference:** Now one can see this is a **symmetric matrix** too. But it immediately allows us to point out the most **correlated** and **anti-correlated attributes**. Some might just be common sense – Pregnancies v Age for example – but some might give us a real insight into the data.

Here, we have also used some parameters like **annot= True** so that we can see correlated values and some formatting as well.

## 2D Histograms

**2D Histograms** are mainly used for **image processing,** showing the **intensities of pixels** at a certain position of the image. Similarly, we can also use it for other problem statements, where we need to analyze two or more variables as **two-dimensional** or **three-dimensional** histograms, which provide multi-dimensional Data.

For the rest of this section, we’re going to use a different dataset with more data.

**Note:** 2-D histograms are very useful when you have a **lot** of data. See here for the API.

df2 = pd.read_csv("height_weight.csv") df2.info() df2.describe()

**Output:**

plt.hist2d(df2["height"], df2["weight"], bins=20, cmap="magma") plt.xlabel("Height") plt.ylabel("Weight");

**Output:**

**Inference:** We have also worked with one-dimensional Histograms for multi-dimensional Data, but that is for **univariate analysis** now if we want to get the data distribution of more than one feature then we have to shift our focus to **2-D Histograms**. In the above 2-D graph height and weight is plotted against each other, keeping the C-MAP as **magma**.

## Contour plots

Bit hard to get information from the 2D histogram, isn’t it? Too much noise in the image. What if we try and contour diagram? We’ll have to bin the data ourselves.

Every alternative comes into the picture when the original one has some drawbacks, Similarly, in the case with **2-D histograms** it becomes a bit hard to get the information from it as there is soo much noise in the graph. Hence now, we will go with **a contour plot**

Here is the resource that can help you deep dive, into this plot. The contour API is here.

hist, x_edge, y_edge = np.histogram2d(df2["height"], df2["weight"], bins=20) x_center = 0.5 * (x_edge[1:] + x_edge[:-1]) y_center = 0.5 * (y_edge[1:] + y_edge[:-1])

plt.contour(x_center, y_center, hist, levels=4) plt.xlabel("Height") plt.ylabel("Weight");

**Output:**

**Inference:** Now we can see that this contour plot which is way better than a complex and noisy 2-D Histogram as it shows the clear distribution between **height and weight** simultaneously. There is still room for improvement. If we will use the **KDE plot from seaborn,** then the same contours will be smoothened and more clearly informative.

## Conclusion

From the very beginning of the article, we are primarily focussing on data visualization for the multi-dimensional data, and in this journey, we got through all the important graphs/plots that could derive business-related insights from the numeric data from multiple features all at once. In the last section, we will cover all these graphs in a nutshell.

- Firstly we got introduced to
**a scatter matrix**that shows us the relationship of every variable with the other one. Then using seaborn**heat map**is used to get a better approach to**multivariable analysis**. - Then came the
**2-D histograms,**where we can go with binary variable analysis, i.e., 2 variables can be simultaneously seen, and we can get insights from them. - At last, we got to know about
**the Contour plot,**which helped us to get a better version of 2-D histograms as it**removes the noise**from the image and has a more clear interpretation.

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