How to perform MIN-MAX scaling with Python.

In data processing scaling is a method used to normalize the range of independent variables or features of data, it is also known as data normalization and is generally performed during the data preprocessing step.
MIN-MAX scaling or MIN-MAX normalization is the simplest method and consists in rescaling the range of features to scale the range in [0, 1] or sometimes [−1, 1] which is called unity-normed data scale. Selecting the target range depends on the nature of the data.

Creating data and MIN-MAX scaling:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np

N = 42
data = np.log(np.random.rand(N))*234 + 934

# get min and max
dataMin = min(data)
dataMax = max(data)

# now min-max scale
dataS = (data-dataMin) / (dataMax-dataMin)

# now plot
fig,ax = plt.subplots(1,2,figsize=(8,4))
ax[0].set_ylabel('Original data scale')
ax[0].set_title('Original data')

ax[1].set_ylabel('Unity-normed data scale')
ax[1].set_title('Scaled data')

Creating data and MIN-MAX scaling

Scaling to arbitrary data range:

## any arbitrary data range

# step 1 is to [0,1] normalize as above

# step 2:
newMin = 4
newMax = 8.7

dataSS = dataS*(newMax-newMin) + newMin

# test it!
print([min(dataSS), max(dataSS)])

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