Can someone please explain the difference between AUC(Area under curve) and balanced accuracy in R?

For eg: In decision tree modelling I got the,

AUC : 0.91

balanced accuracy : 0.72

please explain how to interpret or understand this model based on the above two accuracy values?


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AUC is not the same kind of measure as accuracy.

AUC is area under curve for the ROC chart and it has also a meaning in the rank order statistics.


Accuracy is simply a fraction of correctly predicted positives to all positives.

Suppose you have a data set with binary target variable where positive cases are 90% of all cases. Then you can simply classify everything to belong to positive cases and you will get accuracy of 90%.

Balanced accuracy is discussed here on page 2.




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