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Discussion on: Neural Networks are Overrated

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Andres Marafioti

Hey, nice article. I was wondering, how did you calculate the baseline?

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Ian Mobbs Author

Hi Andres,

The baseline is the accuracy if you just guessed the most common result for each classification. So in this example, I believe 'White' was the most common race in the dataset at around 49% of the samples. So if you just classified every race as 'White', you'd have a 49% accuracy - hence, it's the baseline!