Computes the area under the Precision-Recall curve (PRC). The PRC can be interpreted as the relationship between precision and recall (sensitivity), and is considered to be a more appropriate measure for unbalanced datasets than the ROC curve. The PRC is computed by integration of the piecewise function.

prauc(truth, prob, positive, na_value = NaN, ...)



:: factor()
True (observed) labels. Must have the exactly same two levels and the same length as response.


:: numeric()
Predicted probability for positive class. Must have exactly same length as truth.


:: character(1)
Name of the positive class.


:: numeric(1)
Value that should be returned if the measure is not defined for the input (as described in the note). Default is NaN.


:: any
Additional arguments. Currently ignored.


Performance value as numeric(1).


This measure is undefined if the true values are either all positive or all negative.

Meta Information

  • Type: "binary"

  • Range: \([0, 1]\)

  • Minimize: FALSE

  • Required prediction: prob


Davis J, Goadrich M (2006). “The relationship between precision-recall and ROC curves.” In Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Machine Learning. ISBN 9781595933836.

See also

Other Binary Classification Measures: auc(), bbrier(), dor(), fbeta(), fdr(), fnr(), fn(), fomr(), fpr(), fp(), mcc(), npv(), ppv(), tnr(), tn(), tpr(), tp()


truth = factor(c("a", "a", "a", "b")) prob = c(.6, .7, .1, .4) prauc(truth, prob, "a")
#> [1] 0.904106