pca
Principal component analysis of raw data
Syntax
Description
returns
the principal component coefficients, also known as loadings, for
the nbyp data matrix coeff
= pca(X
)X
.
Rows of X
correspond to observations and columns
correspond to variables. The coefficient matrix is pbyp.
Each column of coeff
contains coefficients for
one principal component, and the columns are in descending order of
component variance. By default, pca
centers the
data and uses the singular value decomposition (SVD) algorithm.
returns
any of the output arguments in the previous syntaxes using additional
options for computation and handling of special data types, specified
by one or more coeff
= pca(X
,Name,Value
)Name,Value
pair arguments.
For example, you can specify the number of principal components pca
returns
or an algorithm other than SVD to use.
[
also returns the principal component
scores in coeff
,score
,latent
]
= pca(___)score
and the principal component variances
in latent
. You can use any of the input arguments
in the previous syntaxes.
Principal component scores are the representations of X
in
the principal component space. Rows of score
correspond
to observations, and columns correspond to components.
The principal component variances are the eigenvalues of the
covariance matrix of X
.
Examples
Principal Components of a Data Set
Load the sample data set.
load hald
The ingredients data has 13 observations for 4 variables.
Find the principal components for the ingredients data.
coeff = pca(ingredients)
coeff = 4×4
0.0678 0.6460 0.5673 0.5062
0.6785 0.0200 0.5440 0.4933
0.0290 0.7553 0.4036 0.5156
0.7309 0.1085 0.4684 0.4844
The rows of coeff
contain the coefficients for the four ingredient variables, and its columns correspond to four principal components.
PCA in the Presence of Missing Data
Find the principal component coefficients when there are missing values in a data set.
Load the sample data set.
load imports85
Data matrix X
has 13 continuous variables
in columns 3 to 15: wheelbase, length, width, height, curbweight,
enginesize, bore, stroke, compressionratio, horsepower, peakrpm,
citympg, and highwaympg. The variables bore and stroke are missing
four values in rows 56 to 59, and the variables horsepower and peakrpm
are missing two values in rows 131 and 132.
Perform principal component analysis.
coeff = pca(X(:,3:15));
By default, pca
performs the action specified
by the 'Rows','complete'
namevalue pair argument.
This option removes the observations with NaN
values
before calculation. Rows of NaN
s are reinserted
into score
and tsquared
at the
corresponding locations, namely rows 56 to 59, 131, and 132.
Use 'pairwise'
to perform the principal
component analysis.
coeff = pca(X(:,3:15),'Rows','pairwise');
In this case, pca
computes the (i,j)
element of the covariance matrix using the rows with no NaN
values
in the columns i or j of X
.
Note that the resulting covariance matrix might not be positive definite.
This option applies when the algorithm pca
uses
is eigenvalue decomposition. When you don’t specify the algorithm,
as in this example, pca
sets it to 'eig'
.
If you require 'svd'
as the algorithm, with the 'pairwise'
option,
then pca
returns a warning message, sets the algorithm
to 'eig'
and continues.
If you use the 'Rows','all'
namevalue
pair argument, pca
terminates because this option
assumes there are no missing values in the data set.
coeff = pca(X(:,3:15),'Rows','all');
Error using pca (line 180) Raw data contains NaN missing value while 'Rows' option is set to 'all'. Consider using 'complete' or pairwise' option instead.
Weighted PCA
Use the inverse variable variances as weights while performing the principal components analysis.
Load the sample data set.
load hald
Perform the principal component analysis using the inverse of variances of the ingredients as variable weights.
[wcoeff,~,latent,~,explained] = pca(ingredients,'VariableWeights','variance')
wcoeff = 4×4
2.7998 2.9940 3.9736 1.4180
8.7743 6.4411 4.8927 9.9863
2.5240 3.8749 4.0845 1.7196
9.1714 7.5529 3.2710 11.3273
latent = 4×1
2.2357
1.5761
0.1866
0.0016
explained = 4×1
55.8926
39.4017
4.6652
0.0406
Note that the coefficient matrix wcoeff
is not orthonormal.
Calculate the orthonormal coefficient matrix.
coefforth = diag(std(ingredients))\wcoeff
coefforth = 4×4
0.4760 0.5090 0.6755 0.2411
0.5639 0.4139 0.3144 0.6418
0.3941 0.6050 0.6377 0.2685
0.5479 0.4512 0.1954 0.6767
Check orthonormality of the new coefficient matrix, coefforth
.
coefforth*coefforth'
ans = 4×4
1.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000
0.0000 1.0000 0.0000 0
0.0000 0.0000 1.0000 0.0000
0.0000 0 0.0000 1.0000
PCA Using ALS for Missing Data
Find the principal components using the alternating least squares (ALS) algorithm when there are missing values in the data.
Load the sample data.
load hald
The ingredients data has 13 observations for 4 variables.
Perform principal component analysis using the ALS algorithm and display the component coefficients.
[coeff,score,latent,tsquared,explained] = pca(ingredients); coeff
coeff = 4×4
0.0678 0.6460 0.5673 0.5062
0.6785 0.0200 0.5440 0.4933
0.0290 0.7553 0.4036 0.5156
0.7309 0.1085 0.4684 0.4844
Introduce missing values randomly.
y = ingredients; rng('default'); % for reproducibility ix = random('unif',0,1,size(y))<0.30; y(ix) = NaN
y = 13×4
7 26 6 NaN
1 29 15 52
NaN NaN 8 20
11 31 NaN 47
7 52 6 33
NaN 55 NaN NaN
NaN 71 NaN 6
1 31 NaN 44
2 NaN NaN 22
21 47 4 26
⋮
Approximately 30% of the data has missing values now, indicated by NaN
.
Perform principal component analysis using the ALS algorithm and display the component coefficients.
[coeff1,score1,latent,tsquared,explained,mu1] = pca(y,... 'algorithm','als'); coeff1
coeff1 = 4×4
0.0362 0.8215 0.5252 0.2190
0.6831 0.0998 0.1828 0.6999
0.0169 0.5575 0.8215 0.1185
0.7292 0.0657 0.1261 0.6694
Display the estimated mean.
mu1
mu1 = 1×4
8.9956 47.9088 9.0451 28.5515
Reconstruct the observed data.
t = score1*coeff1' + repmat(mu1,13,1)
t = 13×4
7.0000 26.0000 6.0000 51.5250
1.0000 29.0000 15.0000 52.0000
10.7819 53.0230 8.0000 20.0000
11.0000 31.0000 13.5500 47.0000
7.0000 52.0000 6.0000 33.0000
10.4818 55.0000 7.8328 17.9362
3.0982 71.0000 11.9491 6.0000
1.0000 31.0000 0.5161 44.0000
2.0000 53.7914 5.7710 22.0000
21.0000 47.0000 4.0000 26.0000
⋮
The ALS algorithm estimates the missing values in the data.
Another way to compare the results is to find the angle between the two spaces spanned by the coefficient vectors. Find the angle between the coefficients found for complete data and data with missing values using ALS.
subspace(coeff,coeff1)
ans = 8.3261e16
This is a small value. It indicates that the results if you use pca
with 'Rows','complete'
namevalue pair argument when there is no missing data and if you use pca
with 'algorithm','als'
namevalue pair argument when there is missing data are close to each other.
Perform the principal component analysis using 'Rows','complete'
namevalue pair argument and display the component coefficients.
[coeff2,score2,latent,tsquared,explained,mu2] = pca(y,... 'Rows','complete'); coeff2
coeff2 = 4×3
0.2054 0.8587 0.0492
0.6694 0.3720 0.5510
0.1474 0.3513 0.5187
0.6986 0.0298 0.6518
In this case, pca
removes the rows with missing values, and y
has only four rows with no missing values. pca
returns only three principal components. You cannot use the 'Rows','pairwise'
option because the covariance matrix is not positive semidefinite and pca
returns an error message.
Find the angle between the coefficients found for complete data and data with missing values using listwise deletion (when 'Rows','complete'
).
subspace(coeff(:,1:3),coeff2)
ans = 0.3576
The angle between the two spaces is substantially larger. This indicates that these two results are different.
Display the estimated mean.
mu2
mu2 = 1×4
7.8889 46.9091 9.8750 29.6000
In this case, the mean is just the sample mean of y
.
Reconstruct the observed data.
score2*coeff2'
ans = 13×4
NaN NaN NaN NaN
7.5162 18.3545 4.0968 22.0056
NaN NaN NaN NaN
NaN NaN NaN NaN
0.5644 5.3213 3.3432 3.6040
NaN NaN NaN NaN
NaN NaN NaN NaN
NaN NaN NaN NaN
NaN NaN NaN NaN
12.8315 0.1076 6.3333 3.7758
⋮
This shows that deleting rows containing NaN
values does not work as well as the ALS algorithm. Using ALS is better when the data has too many missing values.
Principal Component Coefficients, Scores, and Variances
Find the coefficients, scores, and variances of the principal components.
Load the sample data set.
load hald
The ingredients data has 13 observations for 4 variables.
Find the principal component coefficients, scores, and variances of the components for the ingredients data.
[coeff,score,latent] = pca(ingredients)
coeff = 4×4
0.0678 0.6460 0.5673 0.5062
0.6785 0.0200 0.5440 0.4933
0.0290 0.7553 0.4036 0.5156
0.7309 0.1085 0.4684 0.4844
score = 13×4
36.8218 6.8709 4.5909 0.3967
29.6073 4.6109 2.2476 0.3958
12.9818 4.2049 0.9022 1.1261
23.7147 6.6341 1.8547 0.3786
0.5532 4.4617 6.0874 0.1424
10.8125 3.6466 0.9130 0.1350
32.5882 8.9798 1.6063 0.0818
22.6064 10.7259 3.2365 0.3243
9.2626 8.9854 0.0169 0.5437
3.2840 14.1573 7.0465 0.3405
⋮
latent = 4×1
517.7969
67.4964
12.4054
0.2372
Each column of score
corresponds to one principal component. The vector, latent
, stores the variances of the four principal components.
Reconstruct the centered ingredients data.
Xcentered = score*coeff'
Xcentered = 13×4
0.4615 22.1538 5.7692 30.0000
6.4615 19.1538 3.2308 22.0000
3.5385 7.8462 3.7692 10.0000
3.5385 17.1538 3.7692 17.0000
0.4615 3.8462 5.7692 3.0000
3.5385 6.8462 2.7692 8.0000
4.4615 22.8462 5.2308 24.0000
6.4615 17.1538 10.2308 14.0000
5.4615 5.8462 6.2308 8.0000
13.5385 1.1538 7.7692 4.0000
⋮
The new data in Xcentered
is the original ingredients data centered by subtracting the column means from corresponding columns.
Visualize both the orthonormal principal component coefficients for each variable and the principal component scores for each observation in a single plot.
biplot(coeff(:,1:2),'scores',score(:,1:2),'varlabels',{'v_1','v_2','v_3','v_4'});
All four variables are represented in this biplot by a vector, and the direction and length of the vector indicate how each variable contributes to the two principal components in the plot. For example, the first principal component, which is on the horizontal axis, has positive coefficients for the third and fourth variables. Therefore, vectors $${v}_{3}$$ and $${v}_{4}$$ are directed into the right half of the plot. The largest coefficient in the first principal component is the fourth, corresponding to the variable $${v}_{4}$$.
The second principal component, which is on the vertical axis, has negative coefficients for the variables $${v}_{1}$$, $${v}_{2}$$, and $${v}_{4}$$, and a positive coefficient for the variable $${v}_{3}$$.
This 2D biplot also includes a point for each of the 13 observations, with coordinates indicating the score of each observation for the two principal components in the plot. For example, points near the left edge of the plot have the lowest scores for the first principal component. The points are scaled with respect to the maximum score value and maximum coefficient length, so only their relative locations can be determined from the plot.
TSquared Statistic
Find the Hotelling’s Tsquared statistic values.
Load the sample data set.
load hald
The ingredients data has 13 observations for 4 variables.
Perform the principal component analysis and request the Tsquared values.
[coeff,score,latent,tsquared] = pca(ingredients); tsquared
tsquared = 13×1
5.6803
3.0758
6.0002
2.6198
3.3681
0.5668
3.4818
3.9794
2.6086
7.4818
⋮
Request only the first two principal components and compute the Tsquared values in the reduced space of requested principal components.
[coeff,score,latent,tsquared] = pca(ingredients,'NumComponents',2);
tsquared
tsquared = 13×1
5.6803
3.0758
6.0002
2.6198
3.3681
0.5668
3.4818
3.9794
2.6086
7.4818
⋮
Note that even when you specify a reduced component space, pca
computes the Tsquared values in the full space, using all four components.
The Tsquared value in the reduced space corresponds to the Mahalanobis distance in the reduced space.
tsqreduced = mahal(score,score)
tsqreduced = 13×1
3.3179
2.0079
0.5874
1.7382
0.2955
0.4228
3.2457
2.6914
1.3619
2.9903
⋮
Calculate the Tsquared values in the discarded space by taking the difference of the Tsquared values in the full space and Mahalanobis distance in the reduced space.
tsqdiscarded = tsquared  tsqreduced
tsqdiscarded = 13×1
2.3624
1.0679
5.4128
0.8816
3.0726
0.1440
0.2362
1.2880
1.2467
4.4915
⋮
Percent Variability Explained by Principal Components
Find the percent variability explained by the principal components. Show the data representation in the principal components space.
Load the sample data set.
load imports85
Data matrix X
has 13 continuous variables in columns 3 to 15: wheelbase, length, width, height, curbweight, enginesize, bore, stroke, compressionratio, horsepower, peakrpm, citympg, and highwaympg.
Find the percent variability explained by principal components of these variables.
[coeff,score,latent,tsquared,explained] = pca(X(:,3:15)); explained
explained = 13×1
64.3429
35.4484
0.1550
0.0379
0.0078
0.0048
0.0013
0.0011
0.0005
0.0002
⋮
The first three components explain 99.95% of all variability.
Visualize the data representation in the space of the first three principal components.
scatter3(score(:,1),score(:,2),score(:,3)) axis equal xlabel('1st Principal Component') ylabel('2nd Principal Component') zlabel('3rd Principal Component')
The data shows the largest variability along the first principal component axis. This is the largest possible variance among all possible choices of the first axis. The variability along the second principal component axis is the largest among all possible remaining choices of the second axis. The third principal component axis has the third largest variability, which is significantly smaller than the variability along the second principal component axis. The fourth through thirteenth principal component axes are not worth inspecting, because they explain only 0.05% of all variability in the data.
To skip any of the outputs, you can use ~
instead in the corresponding element. For example, if you don’t want to get the Tsquared values, specify
[coeff,score,latent,~,explained] = pca(X(:,3:15));
Apply PCA to New Data and Generate C/C++ Code
Find the principal components for one data set and apply the PCA to another data set. This procedure is useful when you have a training data set and a test data set for a machine learning model. For example, you can preprocess the training data set by using PCA and then train a model. To test the trained model using the test data set, you need to apply the PCA transformation obtained from the training data to the test data set.
This example also describes how to generate C/C++ code. Because pca
supports code generation, you can generate code that performs PCA using a training data set and applies the PCA to a test data set. Then deploy the code to a device. In this workflow, you must pass training data, which can be of considerable size. To save memory on the device, you can separate training and prediction. Use pca
in MATLAB® and apply PCA to new data in the generated code on the device.
Generating C/C++ code requires MATLAB® Coder™.
Apply PCA to New Data
Load the data set into a table by using readtable
. The data set is in the file CreditRating_Historical.dat
, which contains the historical credit rating data.
creditrating = readtable('CreditRating_Historical.dat');
creditrating(1:5,:)
ans=5×8 table
ID WC_TA RE_TA EBIT_TA MVE_BVTD S_TA Industry Rating
_____ _____ _____ _______ ________ _____ ________ _______
62394 0.013 0.104 0.036 0.447 0.142 3 {'BB' }
48608 0.232 0.335 0.062 1.969 0.281 8 {'A' }
42444 0.311 0.367 0.074 1.935 0.366 1 {'A' }
48631 0.194 0.263 0.062 1.017 0.228 4 {'BBB'}
43768 0.121 0.413 0.057 3.647 0.466 12 {'AAA'}
The first column is an ID of each observation, and the last column is a rating. Specify the second to seventh columns as predictor data and specify the last column (Rating
) as the response.
X = table2array(creditrating(:,2:7)); Y = creditrating.Rating;
Use the first 100 observations as test data and the rest as training data.
XTest = X(1:100,:); XTrain = X(101:end,:); YTest = Y(1:100); YTrain = Y(101:end);
Find the principal components for the training data set XTrain
.
[coeff,scoreTrain,~,~,explained,mu] = pca(XTrain);
This code returns four outputs: coeff
, scoreTrain
, explained
, and mu
. Use explained
(percentage of total variance explained) to find the number of components required to explain at least 95% variability. Use coeff
(principal component coefficients) and mu
(estimated means of XTrain
) to apply the PCA to a test data set. Use scoreTrain
(principal component scores) instead of XTrain
when you train a model.
Display the percent variability explained by the principal components.
explained
explained = 6×1
58.2614
41.2606
0.3875
0.0632
0.0269
0.0005
The first two components explain more than 95% of all variability. Find the number of components required to explain at least 95% variability.
idx = find(cumsum(explained)>95,1)
idx = 2
Train a classification tree using the first two components.
scoreTrain95 = scoreTrain(:,1:idx); mdl = fitctree(scoreTrain95,YTrain);
mdl
is a ClassificationTree
model.
To use the trained model for the test set, you need to transform the test data set by using the PCA obtained from the training data set. Obtain the principal component scores of the test data set by subtracting mu
from XTest
and multiplying by coeff
. Only the scores for the first two components are necessary, so use the first two coefficients coeff(:,1:idx)
.
scoreTest95 = (XTestmu)*coeff(:,1:idx);
Pass the trained model mdl
and the transformed test data set scoreTest
to the predict
function to predict ratings for the test set.
YTest_predicted = predict(mdl,scoreTest95);
Generate Code
Generate code that applies PCA to data and predicts ratings using the trained model. Note that generating C/C++ code requires MATLAB® Coder™.
Save the classification model to the file myMdl.mat
by using saveLearnerForCoder
.
saveLearnerForCoder(mdl,'myMdl');
Define an entrypoint function named myPCAPredict
that accepts a test data set (XTest
) and PCA information (coeff
and mu
) and returns the ratings of the test data.
Add the %#codegen
compiler directive (or pragma) to the entrypoint function after the function signature to indicate that you intend to generate code for the MATLAB algorithm. Adding this directive instructs the MATLAB Code Analyzer to help you diagnose and fix violations that would cause errors during code generation.
function label = myPCAPredict(XTest,coeff,mu) %#codegen % Transform data using PCA scoreTest = bsxfun(@minus,XTest,mu)*coeff; % Load trained classification model mdl = loadLearnerForCoder('myMdl'); % Predict ratings using the loaded model label = predict(mdl,scoreTest);
myPCAPredict
applies PCA to new data using coeff
and mu
, and then predicts ratings using the transformed data. In this way, you do not pass training data, which can be of considerable size.
Note: If you click the button located in the upperright section of this page and open this example in MATLAB®, then MATLAB® opens the example folder. This folder includes the entrypoint function file.
Generate code by using codegen
(MATLAB Coder). Because C and C++ are statically typed languages, you must determine the properties of all variables in the entrypoint function at compile time. To specify the data type and exact input array size, pass a MATLAB® expression that represents the set of values with a certain data type and array size by using the args
option. If the number of observations is unknown at compile time, you can also specify the input as variablesize by using coder.typeof
(MATLAB Coder). For details, see Specify VariableSize Arguments for Code Generation.
codegen myPCAPredict args {coder.typeof(XTest,[Inf,6],[1,0]),coeff(:,1:idx),mu}
Code generation successful.
codegen
generates the MEX function myPCAPredict_mex
with a platformdependent extension.
Verify the generated code.
YTest_predicted_mex = myPCAPredict_mex(XTest,coeff(:,1:idx),mu); isequal(YTest_predicted,YTest_predicted_mex)
ans = logical
1
isequal
returns logical 1 (true
), which means all the inputs are equal. The comparison confirms that the predict
function of mdl
and the myPCAPredict_mex
function return the same ratings.
For more information on code generation, see Introduction to Code Generationand Code Generation and Classification Learner App. The latter describes how to perform PCA and train a model by using the Classification Learner app, and how to generate C/C++ code that predicts labels for new data based on the trained model.
Input Arguments
X
— Input data
matrix
Input data for which to compute the principal components, specified
as an nbyp matrix. Rows of X
correspond
to observations and columns to variables.
Data Types: single
 double
NameValue Arguments
Specify optional pairs of arguments as
Name1=Value1,...,NameN=ValueN
, where Name
is
the argument name and Value
is the corresponding value.
Namevalue arguments must appear after other arguments, but the order of the
pairs does not matter.
Before R2021a, use commas to separate each name and value, and enclose
Name
in quotes.
Example: 'Algorithm','eig','Centered',false,'Rows','all','NumComponents',3
specifies
that pca
uses eigenvalue decomposition algorithm,
not center the data, use all of the observations, and return only
the first three principal components.
Algorithm
— Principal component algorithm
'svd'
(default)  'eig'
 'als'
Principal component algorithm that pca
uses
to perform the principal component analysis, specified as the commaseparated
pair consisting of 'Algorithm'
and one of the following.
Value  Description 

'svd'  Default. Singular value decomposition (SVD) of X . 
'eig'  Eigenvalue decomposition (EIG) of the covariance matrix. The
EIG algorithm is faster than SVD when the number of observations, n,
exceeds the number of variables, p, but is less
accurate because the condition number of the covariance is the square
of the condition number of X . 
'als' 
Alternating least squares (ALS) algorithm. This
algorithm finds the best rankk
approximation by factoring ALS is designed to better handle missing values.
It is preferable to pairwise deletion
( 
Example: 'Algorithm','eig'
Centered
— Indicator for centering columns
true
(default)  false
Indicator for centering the columns, specified as the commaseparated
pair consisting of 'Centered'
and one of these
logical expressions.
Value  Description 

true  Default. 
false  In this case 
Example: 'Centered',false
Data Types: logical
Economy
— Indicator for economy size output
true
(default)  false
Indicator for the economy size output when the degrees of freedom, d,
is smaller than the number of variables, p, specified
as the commaseparated pair consisting of 'Economy'
and
one of these logical expressions.
Value  Description 

true  Default. This option can be significantly faster when the number of variables p is much larger than d. 
false 

Note that when d < p, score(:,d+1:p)
and latent(d+1:p)
are
necessarily zero, and the columns of coeff(:,d+1:p)
define
directions that are orthogonal to X
.
Example: 'Economy',false
Data Types: logical
NumComponents
— Number of components requested
number of variables (default)  scalar integer
Number of components requested, specified as the commaseparated
pair consisting of 'NumComponents'
and a scalar
integer k satisfying 0 < k ≤ p,
where p is the number of original variables in X
.
When specified, pca
returns the first k columns
of coeff
and score
.
Example: 'NumComponents',3
Data Types: single
 double
Rows
— Action to take for NaN
values
'complete'
(default)  'pairwise'
 'all'
Action to take for NaN
values in the data
matrix X
, specified as the commaseparated pair
consisting of 'Rows'
and one of the following.
Value  Description 

'complete'  Default. Observations with 
'pairwise'  This option only applies when the algorithm is When you specify the Note
that the resulting covariance matrix might not be positive definite.
In that case, 
'all' 

Example: 'Rows','pairwise'
Weights
— Observation weights
ones (default)  row vector
Observation weights, specified as the commaseparated pair
consisting of 'Weights'
and a vector of length n containing
all positive elements.
Data Types: single
 double
VariableWeights
— Variable weights
row vector  'variance'
Variable weights,
specified as the commaseparated pair consisting of 'VariableWeights'
and
one of the following.
Value  Description 

row vector  Vector of length p containing all positive elements. 
'variance'  The variable weights are the inverse of sample variance.
If you also assign weights to observations using If 
Example: 'VariableWeights','variance'
Data Types: single
 double
 char
 string
Coeff0
— Initial value for coefficients
matrix of random values (default)  pbyk matrix
Initial value for the coefficient matrix coeff
,
specified as the commaseparated pair consisting of 'Coeff0'
and
a pbyk matrix, where p is
the number of variables, and k is the number of
principal components requested.
Note
You can use this namevalue pair only when 'algorithm'
is 'als'
.
Data Types: single
 double
Score0
— Initial value for scores
matrix of random values (default)  kbym matrix
Initial value for scores matrix score
,
specified as a commaseparated pair consisting of 'Score0'
and
an nbyk matrix, where n is
the number of observations and k is the number
of principal components requested.
Note
You can use this namevalue pair only when 'algorithm'
is 'als'
.
Data Types: single
 double
Options
— Options for iterations
structure
Options for the iterations, specified as a commaseparated pair
consisting of 'Options'
and a structure created
by the statset
function. pca
uses
the following fields in the options structure.
Field Name  Description 

'Display'  Level of display output. Choices are 'off' , 'final' ,
and 'iter' . 
'MaxIter'  Maximum number steps allowed. The default is 1000. Unlike in
optimization settings, reaching the MaxIter value
is regarded as convergence. 
'TolFun'  Positive number giving the termination tolerance for the cost function. The default is 1e6. 
'TolX'  Positive number giving the convergence threshold for the relative change in the elements of the left and right factor matrices, L and R, in the ALS algorithm. The default is 1e6. 
Note
You can use this namevalue pair only when 'algorithm'
is 'als'
.
You can change the values of these fields and specify the new
structure in pca
using the 'Options'
namevalue
pair argument.
Example: opt = statset('pca'); opt.MaxIter = 2000; coeff
= pca(X,'Options',opt);
Data Types: struct
Output Arguments
coeff
— Principal component coefficients
matrix
Principal component coefficients, returned as a pbyp matrix.
Each column of coeff
contains coefficients for
one principal component. The columns are in the order of descending
component variance, latent
.
score
— Principal component scores
matrix
Principal component scores, returned as a matrix. Rows of score
correspond
to observations, and columns to components.
latent
— Principal component variances
column vector
Principal component variances, that is the eigenvalues of the
covariance matrix of X
, returned as a column
vector.
tsquared
— Hotelling’s Tsquared statistic
column vector
Hotelling’s TSquared Statistic, which is the sum of squares of the standardized scores for each observation, returned as a column vector.
explained
— Percentage of total variance explained
column vector
Percentage of the total variance explained by each principal component, returned as a column vector.
More About
Hotelling’s TSquared Statistic
Hotelling’s Tsquared statistic is a statistical measure of the multivariate distance of each observation from the center of the data set.
Even when you request fewer components than the number of variables, pca
uses
all principal components to compute the Tsquared statistic (computes
it in the full space). If you want the Tsquared statistic in the
reduced or the discarded space, do one of the following:
For the Tsquared statistic in the reduced space, use
mahal(score,score)
.For the Tsquared statistic in the discarded space, first compute the Tsquared statistic using
[coeff,score,latent,tsquared] = pca(X,'NumComponents',k,...)
, compute the Tsquared statistic in the reduced space usingtsqreduced = mahal(score,score)
, and then take the difference:tsquared
tsqreduced
.
Degrees of Freedom
The degrees of freedom, d, is equal to n – 1, if data is centered and n otherwise, where:
n is the number of rows without any
NaN
s if you use'Rows','complete'
.n is the number of rows without any
NaN
s in the column pair that has the maximum number of rows withoutNaN
s if you use'Rows','pairwise'
.
Variable Weights
Note that when variable weights are used, the
coefficient matrix is not orthonormal. Suppose the variable weights
vector you used is called varwei
, and the principal
component coefficients vector pca
returned is wcoeff
.
You can then calculate the orthonormal coefficients using the transformation diag(sqrt(varwei))*wcoeff
.
Algorithms
The pca
function imposes a sign convention, forcing the element with
the largest magnitude in each column of coefs
to be positive. Changing the
sign of a coefficient vector does not change its meaning.
Alternative Functionality
App
To run pca
interactively in the Live Editor, use the
Reduce
Dimensionality Live Editor task.
References
[1] Jolliffe, I. T. Principal Component Analysis. 2nd ed., Springer, 2002.
[2] Krzanowski, W. J. Principles of Multivariate Analysis. Oxford University Press, 1988.
[3] Seber, G. A. F. Multivariate Observations. Wiley, 1984.
[4] Jackson, J. E. A. User's Guide to Principal Components. Wiley, 1988.
[5] Roweis, S. “EM Algorithms for PCA and SPCA.” In Proceedings of the 1997 Conference on Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems. Vol.10 (NIPS 1997), Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press, 1998, pp. 626–632.
[6] Ilin, A., and T. Raiko. “Practical Approaches to Principal Component Analysis in the Presence of Missing Values.” J. Mach. Learn. Res.. Vol. 11, August 2010, pp. 1957–2000.
Extended Capabilities
Tall Arrays
Calculate with arrays that have more rows than fit in memory.
This function supports tall arrays for outofmemory data with some limitations.
pca
works directly with tall arrays by computing the covariance matrix and using the inmemorypcacov
function to compute the principle components.Supported syntaxes are:
coeff = pca(X)
[coeff,score,latent] = pca(X)
[coeff,score,latent,explained] = pca(X)
[coeff,score,latent,tsquared] = pca(X)
[coeff,score,latent,tsquared,explained] = pca(X)
Namevalue pair arguments are not supported.
For more information, see Tall Arrays for OutofMemory Data.
C/C++ Code Generation
Generate C and C++ code using MATLAB® Coder™.
Usage notes and limitations:
When
'Algorithm'
is'als'
, the'Display'
value for'Options'
is ignored.The values for the
'Weights'
and'VariableWeights'
namevalue pair arguments must be real.The value for the
'Economy'
namevalue pair argument must be a compiletime constant. For example, to use the'Economy',false
namevalue pair argument in the generated code, include{coder.Constant('Economy'),coder.Constant(false)}
in theargs
value ofcodegen
(MATLAB Coder).Names in namevalue arguments must be compiletime constants.
The generated code always returns the fifth output
explained
as a column vector.The generated code always returns the sixth output
mu
as a row vector.If
mu
is empty,pca
returnsmu
as a 1by0 array.pca
does not convertmu
to a 0by0 empty array.The generated code does not treat an input matrix
X
that has allNaN
values as a special case. The output dimensions are commensurate with corresponding finite inputs.To save memory on the device to which you deploy generated code, you can separate training (constructing PCA components from input data) and prediction (performing PCA transformation). Construct PCA components in MATLAB^{®}. Then, define an entrypoint function that performs PCA transformation using the principal component coefficients (
coeff
) and estimated means (mu
), which are the outputs ofpca
. Finally, generate code for the entrypoint function. For an example, see Apply PCA to New Data and Generate C/C++ Code.
For more information on code generation, see Introduction to Code Generation and General Code Generation Workflow.
GPU Arrays
Accelerate code by running on a graphics processing unit (GPU) using Parallel Computing Toolbox™.
Usage notes and limitations:
You cannot specify the namevalue argument
Algorithm
as"als"
.The EIG algorithm is generally faster than SVD when the number of variables is large.
For more information, see Run MATLAB Functions on a GPU (Parallel Computing Toolbox).
Version History
Introduced in R2012b
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