Tree-based Methods

Part of the Statistics and Computing book series (SCO)


The use of tree-based models will be relatively unfamiliar to statisticians, although researchers in other fields have found trees to be an attractive way to express knowledge and aid decision-making. Keys such as Figure 10.1 are common in botany and in medical decision-making, and provide a way to encapsulate and structure the knowledge of experts to be used by less-experienced users. Notice how this tree uses both categorical variables and splits on continuous variables. (It is a tree, and readers are encouraged to draw it.)


Regression Tree Classification Tree Terminal Node Gini Index Tree Construction 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CSIRO Marine LaboratoriesClevelandAustralia
  2. 2.University of OxfordOxfordUK

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