As a rule of thumb: We often use **accuracy when the classes are balanced and there is no major downside to predicting false negatives**. We often use F1 score when the classes are imbalanced and there is a serious downside to predicting false negatives.

F1 score vs Accuracy

Remember that the F1 score is balancing precision and recall on the positive class while accuracy looks at correctly classified observations both positive and negative.

Just thinking about the theory, it is impossible that accuracy and the f1-score are the very same for every single dataset. The reason for this is that the f1-score is independent from the true-negatives while accuracy is not. By taking a dataset where f1 = acc and adding true negatives to it, you get f1 != acc .

As a side-note, the F1 score is inherently skewed because it does not account for true negatives. It is also dependent on the high-level classification of "positive" and "negative", so it is also relatively arbitrary. That's why other metrics such as Matthew's Correlation Coefficient are better.

In the most simple terms, higher F1 scores are generally better. Recall that F1 scores can range from 0 to 1, with 1 representing a model that perfectly classifies each observation into the correct class and 0 representing a model that is unable to classify any observation into the correct class.

That is, a good F1 score means that you have low false positives and low false negatives, so you're correctly identifying real threats and you are not disturbed by false alarms. An F1 score is considered perfect when it's 1 , while the model is a total failure when it's 0 .

Definition: F1 score is defined as the harmonic mean between precision and recall. It is used as a statistical measure to rate performance. In other words, an F1-score (from 0 to 9, 0 being lowest and 9 being the highest) is a mean of an individual's performance, based on two factors i.e. precision and recall.

So, What Exactly Does Good Accuracy Look Like? Good accuracy in machine learning is subjective. But in our opinion, anything greater than 70% is a great model performance. In fact, an accuracy measure of anything between 70%-90% is not only ideal, it's realistic.

The F1-score combines the precision and recall of a classifier into a single metric by taking their harmonic mean. It is primarily used to compare the performance of two classifiers. Suppose that classifier A has a higher recall, and classifier B has higher precision.

Precision and Recall are the two building blocks of the F1 score. The goal of the F1 score is to combine the precision and recall metrics into a single metric. At the same time, the F1 score has been designed to work well on imbalanced data.

Overall accuracy is based on one specific cutpoint, while ROC tries all of the cutpoint and plots the sensitivity and specificity. So when we compare the overall accuracy, we are comparing the accuracy based on some cutpoint. The overall accuracy varies from different cutpoint. Thanks very much for your reply!

If you devide that range equally the range between 100-87.5% would mean very good, 87.5-75% would mean good, 75-62.5% would mean satisfactory, and 62.5-50% bad.

F1-score is one of the most important evaluation metrics in machine learning. It elegantly sums up the predictive performance of a model by combining two otherwise competing metrics — precision and recall.

Accuracy is a very commonly used metric, even in the everyday life. In opposite to that, the AUC is used only when it's about classification problems with probabilities in order to analyze the prediction more deeply. Because of that, accuracy is understandable and intuitive even to a non-technical person.

Accuracy is one metric for evaluating classification models. Informally, accuracy is the fraction of predictions our model got right. Formally, accuracy has the following definition: Accuracy = Number of correct predictions Total number of predictions.

To estimate the accuracy of a test, we should calculate the proportion of true positive and true negative in all evaluated cases. Mathematically, this can be stated as: Accuracy = TP + TN TP + TN + FP + FN. Sensitivity: The sensitivity of a test is its ability to determine the patient cases correctly.

Why is the AUC for A better than B, when B "seems" to outperform A with respect to accuracy? Accuracy is computed at the threshold value of 0.5. While AUC is computed by adding all the "accuracies" computed for all the possible threshold values.

Well, you must know that model accuracy is only a subset of model performance. The accuracy of the model and performance of the model are directly proportional and hence better the performance of the model, more accurate are the predictions.

The model will have an F1 score of 1 if it has to be 100% accurate.

If your 'X' value is between 60% and 70%, it's a poor model. If your 'X' value is between 70% and 80%, you've got a good model. If your 'X' value is between 80% and 90%, you have an excellent model. If your 'X' value is between 90% and 100%, it's a probably an overfitting case.

… in the framework of imbalanced data-sets, accuracy is no longer a proper measure, since it does not distinguish between the numbers of correctly classified examples of different classes. Hence, it may lead to erroneous conclusions …

Accuracy is a metric used in classification problems used to tell the percentage of accurate predictions. We calculate it by dividing the number of correct predictions by the total number of predictions.

If we have to say something about it, then it indicates that sensitivity (a.k.a. recall, or TPR) is equal to specificity (a.k.a. selectivity, or TNR), and thus they are also equal to accuracy.

Accuracy can be used when the class distribution is similar while F1-score is a better metric when there are imbalanced classes as in the above case. In most real-life classification problems, imbalanced class distribution exists and thus F1-score is a better metric to evaluate our model on.

score applies additional weights, valuing one of precision or recall more than the other. The highest possible value of an F-score is 1.0, indicating perfect precision and recall, and the lowest possible value is 0, if either the precision or the recall is zero.