Getting Predicted Probabilites from an SVM model in Sklearn



By defauly, when using SVM models, the classification probabilties is not produced. This is different from a model like Logistic Regression which computes the classification of observations by the classficiation probability. However, it is sometimes nice to retrieve these probabilities and present them in a real life app. In this article, we will show you how to retrieve these probabilities from a SVM model.

Building the model.

To gather the probabilites from your SVM model, add the probability param with the value of True.

# Load libraries
from sklearn.svm import SVC
from sklearn import datasets
from sklearn.preprocessing import StandardScaler
import numpy as np

# Load data
iris = datasets.load_iris()
features =
target =

# Standardize features
scaler = StandardScaler()
features_standardized = scaler.fit_transform(features)

# Create support vector classifier object
svc = SVC(kernel="linear", probability=True, random_state=0)

# Train classifier
model =, target)

# Create new observation
new_observation = [[.4, .4, .4, .4]]

# View predicted probabilities