#372 3D PCA result




3D scatterplots can be useful to display the result of a PCA, in the case you would like to display 3 principal components. Here is an example showing how to achieve it. Note that the 3 reds lines highlighting the dimensions have been found here.






# libraries
import pandas as pd
import numpy as np
from sklearn.decomposition import PCA

# Get the iris dataset
import seaborn as sns
df = sns.load_dataset('iris')

plt.figure(figsize=(480/my_dpi, 480/my_dpi), dpi=my_dpi)

# Keep the 'specie' column appart + make it numeric for coloring
df = df.drop('species', 1)

# Run The PCA
pca = PCA(n_components=3)

# Store results of PCA in a data frame
result=pd.DataFrame(pca.transform(df), columns=['PCA%i' % i for i in range(3)], index=df.index)

# Plot initialisation
fig = plt.figure()
ax = fig.add_subplot(111, projection='3d')
ax.scatter(result['PCA0'], result['PCA1'], result['PCA2'], c=my_color, cmap="Set2_r", s=60)

# make simple, bare axis lines through space:
xAxisLine = ((min(result['PCA0']), max(result['PCA0'])), (0, 0), (0,0))
ax.plot(xAxisLine[0], xAxisLine[1], xAxisLine[2], 'r')
yAxisLine = ((0, 0), (min(result['PCA1']), max(result['PCA1'])), (0,0))
ax.plot(yAxisLine[0], yAxisLine[1], yAxisLine[2], 'r')
zAxisLine = ((0, 0), (0,0), (min(result['PCA2']), max(result['PCA2'])))
ax.plot(zAxisLine[0], zAxisLine[1], zAxisLine[2], 'r')

# label the axes
ax.set_title("PCA on the iris data set")

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