Classification Trees for a Binary Response

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


In this chapter we discuss the technical aspect of the recursive partitioning technique, following the brief introduction from Chapter 2. This chapter, particularly the less technical parts of it, is helpful for understanding the methodological and theoretical aspects of recursive partitioning as well as for efficiently and correctly using the computer software. For clarity, we concentrate on the simplest case—a binary response. However, the basic framework of recursive partitioning is established here.


Root Node Internal Node Classification Tree Terminal Node Binary Response 
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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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