A Practical Guide to Tree Construction

  • Heping Zhang
  • Burton Singer
Part of the Statistics for Biology and Health book series (SBH)


We introduce the basic ideas associated with recursive partitioning in the context of a specific scientific question: Which pregnant women are most at risk of preterm deliveries? Particular emphasis is placed on the interaction between scientific judgment by investigators and the production of informative intermediate-stage computer output that facilitates the generation of the most sensible recursive partitioning trees.


Root Node Black Woman Preterm Delivery Terminal Node Tree Construction 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Heping Zhang
    • 1
  • Burton Singer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Public Health School of MedicineYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Office of Population ResearchPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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