At some point, you may need to calculate the percentile of a certain value in a dataset. Percentiles are useful statistics that can be used to understand how a given value compares to the rest of a set of data. Calculating percentiles in Python is a straightforward task that can be achieved using machine learning techniques. In this article, we will show you how to calculate percentile in Python using machine learning.


In this section, we will briefly explain what percentiles are and why they are useful in data analysis. A percentile is a measure used in statistics to indicate the value below which a given percentage of observations in a group of observations fall. Percentiles are used to compare a particular score to other scores in the same distribution. In other words, they allow us to see how a certain value compares to the rest of the data.

Step 1: Importing Required Libraries

Before we can start calculating percentiles, we need to import the required libraries. In this article, we will be using the numpy and pandas libraries. Numpy is a library for the Python programming language, adding support for large, multi-dimensional arrays and matrices, along with a large collection of high-level mathematical functions to operate on these arrays. Pandas is a library for data manipulation and analysis. It offers data structures and functions needed to work on structured data seamlessly.

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A[Import Libraries] --> B[Load Data]

Step 2: Load the Data

Once we have imported the required libraries, the next step is to load the data. For this article, we will be using a sample dataset that contains the scores of students in a class. We will load this dataset into a pandas dataframe.

import pandas as pd

data = pd.read_csv("student_scores.csv")
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B[Load Data] --> C[Preprocess Data]

Step 3: Preprocess the Data

Before we can start calculating percentiles, we need to preprocess the data. This involves removing any missing or invalid values from the dataset. In this article, we will assume that the dataset is clean and does not contain any missing or invalid values.

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C[Preprocess Data] --> D[Calculate Percentile]

Step 4: Calculate the Percentile

Now that we have loaded and preprocessed the data, we can calculate the percentile. We will be using the numpy library to calculate the percentile of the given value in the dataset. The percentile function takes two arguments: the dataset and the percentile value that we want to calculate.

import numpy as np

value = 80 # the value for which we want to calculate the percentile
percentile = np.percentile(data, value)
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D[Calculate Percentile] --> E[Visualize Results]

Step 5: Visualize the Results

Finally, we can visualize the results of our calculation. We will be using the matplotlib library to create a histogram of the dataset and highlight the position of the calculated percentile.

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

plt.hist(data, bins=10)
plt.axvline(percentile, color='r', linestyle='dashed', linewidth=1)
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E[Visualize Results] --> F[Conclusion]


In this article, we have shown you how to calculate the percentile of a given value in a dataset using machine learning techniques in Python. We have covered the required libraries, loading and preprocessing the data, calculating the percentile, and visualizing the results.

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