Variable Selection Using Random Forests
One of the main topic in the development of predictive models is the identification of variables which are predictors of a given outcome. Automated model selection methods, such as backward or forward stepwise regression, are classical solutions to this problem, but are generally based on strong assumptions about the functional form of the model or the distribution of residuals. In this pa-per an alternative selection method, based on the technique of Random Forests, is proposed in the context of classification, with an application to a real dataset.
KeywordsVariable Selection Random Forest Real Dataset Misclassification Error Variable Selection Method
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