Tree-based Methods

  • W. N. Venables
  • B. D. Ripley
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 14.1 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.


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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 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. N. Venables
    • 1
  • B. D. Ripley
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of StatisticsUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.University of OxfordOxfordEngland

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