# Iris flower data set

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Scatterplot of the data set
Ronald Fisher

The Iris flower data set or Fisher's Iris data set is a multivariate data set introduced by the British statistician and biologist Ronald Fisher in his 1936 paper The use of multiple measurements in taxonomic problems as an example of linear discriminant analysis.[1] It is sometimes called Anderson's Iris data set because Edgar Anderson collected the data to quantify the morphologic variation of Iris flowers of three related species.[2] Two of the three species were collected in the Gaspé Peninsula "all from the same pasture, and picked on the same day and measured at the same time by the same person with the same apparatus".[3]

The data set consists of 50 samples from each of three species of Iris (Iris setosa, Iris virginica and Iris versicolor). Four features were measured from each sample: the length and the width of the sepals and petals, in centimetres. Based on the combination of these four features, Fisher developed a linear discriminant model to distinguish the species from each other.

## Use of the data set

Unsatisfactory k-means clustering result (the data set does not cluster into the known classes) and actual species visualized using ELKI
An example of the so-called "metro map" for the Iris data set.[4] Only a small fraction of Iris-virginica is mixed with Iris-versicolor. All other samples of the different Iris species belong to the different nodes.

Based on Fisher's linear discriminant model, this data set became a typical test case for many statistical classification techniques in machine learning such as support vector machines.

The use of this data set in cluster analysis however is not common, since the data set only contains two clusters with rather obvious separation. One of the clusters contains Iris setosa, while the other cluster contains both Iris virginica and Iris versicolor and is not separable without the species information Fisher used. This makes the data set a good example to explain the difference between supervised and unsupervised techniques in data mining: Fisher's linear discriminant model can only be obtained when the object species are known: class labels and clusters are not necessarily the same.[5]

Nevertheless, all three species of Iris are separable in the projection on the nonlinear branching principal component.[6] The data set is approximated by the closest tree with some penalty for the excessive number of nodes, bending and stretching. Then the so-called "metro map" is constructed.[4] The data points are projected into the closest node. For each node the pie diagram of the projected points is prepared. The area of the pie is proportional to the number of the projected points. It is clear from the diagram (left) that the absolute majority of the samples of the different Iris species belong to the different nodes. Only a small fraction of Iris-virginica is mixed with Iris-versicolor (the mixed blue-green nodes in the diagram). Therefore, the three species of Iris (Iris setosa, Iris virginica and Iris versicolor) are separable by the unsupervising procedures of nonlinear principal component analysis. To discriminate them, it is sufficient just to select the corresponding nodes on the principal tree.

## Data set

Spectramap biplot of Fisher's iris data set
Fisher's Iris Data
Sepal length Sepal width Petal length Petal width Species
5.1 3.5 1.4 0.2 I. setosa
4.9 3.0 1.4 0.2 I. setosa
4.7 3.2 1.3 0.2 I. setosa
4.6 3.1 1.5 0.2 I. setosa
5.0 3.6 1.4 0.3 I. setosa
5.4 3.9 1.7 0.4 I. setosa
4.6 3.4 1.4 0.3 I. setosa
5.0 3.4 1.5 0.2 I. setosa
4.4 2.9 1.4 0.2 I. setosa
4.9 3.1 1.5 0.1 I. setosa
5.4 3.7 1.5 0.2 I. setosa
4.8 3.4 1.6 0.2 I. setosa
4.8 3.0 1.4 0.1 I. setosa
4.3 3.0 1.1 0.1 I. setosa
5.8 4.0 1.2 0.2 I. setosa
5.7 4.4 1.5 0.4 I. setosa
5.4 3.9 1.3 0.4 I. setosa
5.1 3.5 1.4 0.3 I. setosa
5.7 3.8 1.7 0.3 I. setosa
5.1 3.8 1.5 0.3 I. setosa
5.4 3.4 1.7 0.2 I. setosa
5.1 3.7 1.5 0.4 I. setosa
4.6 3.6 1.0 0.2 I. setosa
5.1 3.3 1.7 0.5 I. setosa
4.8 3.4 1.9 0.2 I. setosa
5.0 3.0 1.6 0.2 I. setosa
5.0 3.4 1.6 0.4 I. setosa
5.2 3.5 1.5 0.2 I. setosa
5.2 3.4 1.4 0.2 I. setosa
4.7 3.2 1.6 0.2 I. setosa
4.8 3.1 1.6 0.2 I. setosa
5.4 3.4 1.5 0.4 I. setosa
5.2 4.1 1.5 0.1 I. setosa
5.5 4.2 1.4 0.2 I. setosa
4.9 3.1 1.5 0.2 I. setosa
5.0 3.2 1.2 0.2 I. setosa
5.5 3.5 1.3 0.2 I. setosa
4.9 3.6 1.4 0.1 I. setosa
4.4 3.0 1.3 0.2 I. setosa
5.1 3.4 1.5 0.2 I. setosa
5.0 3.5 1.3 0.3 I. setosa
4.5 2.3 1.3 0.3 I. setosa
4.4 3.2 1.3 0.2 I. setosa
5.0 3.5 1.6 0.6 I. setosa
5.1 3.8 1.9 0.4 I. setosa
4.8 3.0 1.4 0.3 I. setosa
5.1 3.8 1.6 0.2 I. setosa
4.6 3.2 1.4 0.2 I. setosa
5.3 3.7 1.5 0.2 I. setosa
5.0 3.3 1.4 0.2 I. setosa
7.0 3.2 4.7 1.4 I. versicolor
6.4 3.2 4.5 1.5 I. versicolor
6.9 3.1 4.9 1.5 I. versicolor
5.5 2.3 4.0 1.3 I. versicolor
6.5 2.8 4.6 1.5 I. versicolor
5.7 2.8 4.5 1.3 I. versicolor
6.3 3.3 4.7 1.6 I. versicolor
4.9 2.4 3.3 1.0 I. versicolor
6.6 2.9 4.6 1.3 I. versicolor
5.2 2.7 3.9 1.4 I. versicolor
5.0 2.0 3.5 1.0 I. versicolor
5.9 3.0 4.2 1.5 I. versicolor
6.0 2.2 4.0 1.0 I. versicolor
6.1 2.9 4.7 1.4 I. versicolor
5.6 2.9 3.6 1.3 I. versicolor
6.7 3.1 4.4 1.4 I. versicolor
5.6 3.0 4.5 1.5 I. versicolor
5.8 2.7 4.1 1.0 I. versicolor
6.2 2.2 4.5 1.5 I. versicolor
5.6 2.5 3.9 1.1 I. versicolor
5.9 3.2 4.8 1.8 I. versicolor
6.1 2.8 4.0 1.3 I. versicolor
6.3 2.5 4.9 1.5 I. versicolor
6.1 2.8 4.7 1.2 I. versicolor
6.4 2.9 4.3 1.3 I. versicolor
6.6 3.0 4.4 1.4 I. versicolor
6.8 2.8 4.8 1.4 I. versicolor
6.7 3.0 5.0 1.7 I. versicolor
6.0 2.9 4.5 1.5 I. versicolor
5.7 2.6 3.5 1.0 I. versicolor
5.5 2.4 3.8 1.1 I. versicolor
5.5 2.4 3.7 1.0 I. versicolor
5.8 2.7 3.9 1.2 I. versicolor
6.0 2.7 5.1 1.6 I. versicolor
5.4 3.0 4.5 1.5 I. versicolor
6.0 3.4 4.5 1.6 I. versicolor
6.7 3.1 4.7 1.5 I. versicolor
6.3 2.3 4.4 1.3 I. versicolor
5.6 3.0 4.1 1.3 I. versicolor
5.5 2.5 4.0 1.3 I. versicolor
5.5 2.6 4.4 1.2 I. versicolor
6.1 3.0 4.6 1.4 I. versicolor
5.8 2.6 4.0 1.2 I. versicolor
5.0 2.3 3.3 1.0 I. versicolor
5.6 2.7 4.2 1.3 I. versicolor
5.7 3.0 4.2 1.2 I. versicolor
5.7 2.9 4.2 1.3 I. versicolor
6.2 2.9 4.3 1.3 I. versicolor
5.1 2.5 3.0 1.1 I. versicolor
5.7 2.8 4.1 1.3 I. versicolor
6.3 3.3 6.0 2.5 I. virginica
5.8 2.7 5.1 1.9 I. virginica
7.1 3.0 5.9 2.1 I. virginica
6.3 2.9 5.6 1.8 I. virginica
6.5 3.0 5.8 2.2 I. virginica
7.6 3.0 6.6 2.1 I. virginica
4.9 2.5 4.5 1.7 I. virginica
7.3 2.9 6.3 1.8 I. virginica
6.7 2.5 5.8 1.8 I. virginica
7.2 3.6 6.1 2.5 I. virginica
6.5 3.2 5.1 2.0 I. virginica
6.4 2.7 5.3 1.9 I. virginica
6.8 3.0 5.5 2.1 I. virginica
5.7 2.5 5.0 2.0 I. virginica
5.8 2.8 5.1 2.4 I. virginica
6.4 3.2 5.3 2.3 I. virginica
6.5 3.0 5.5 1.8 I. virginica
7.7 3.8 6.7 2.2 I. virginica
7.7 2.6 6.9 2.3 I. virginica
6.0 2.2 5.0 1.5 I. virginica
6.9 3.2 5.7 2.3 I. virginica
5.6 2.8 4.9 2.0 I. virginica
7.7 2.8 6.7 2.0 I. virginica
6.3 2.7 4.9 1.8 I. virginica
6.7 3.3 5.7 2.1 I. virginica
7.2 3.2 6.0 1.8 I. virginica
6.2 2.8 4.8 1.8 I. virginica
6.1 3.0 4.9 1.8 I. virginica
6.4 2.8 5.6 2.1 I. virginica
7.2 3.0 5.8 1.6 I. virginica
7.4 2.8 6.1 1.9 I. virginica
7.9 3.8 6.4 2.0 I. virginica
6.4 2.8 5.6 2.2 I. virginica
6.3 2.8 5.1 1.5 I. virginica
6.1 2.6 5.6 1.4 I. virginica
7.7 3.0 6.1 2.3 I. virginica
6.3 3.4 5.6 2.4 I. virginica
6.4 3.1 5.5 1.8 I. virginica
6.0 3.0 4.8 1.8 I. virginica
6.9 3.1 5.4 2.1 I. virginica
6.7 3.1 5.6 2.4 I. virginica
6.9 3.1 5.1 2.3 I. virginica
5.8 2.7 5.1 1.9 I. virginica
6.8 3.2 5.9 2.3 I. virginica
6.7 3.3 5.7 2.5 I. virginica
6.7 3.0 5.2 2.3 I. virginica
6.3 2.5 5.0 1.9 I. virginica
6.5 3.0 5.2 2.0 I. virginica
6.2 3.4 5.4 2.3 I. virginica
5.9 3.0 5.1 1.8 I. virginica

Several versions of the dataset have been published.[7]