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Spectrum of Variable-Random Trees

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Spectrum of Variable-Random Trees
In this paper, we show that a continuous spectrum of randomisation exists, in which most existing tree randomisations are only operating around the two ends of the spectrum. That leaves a huge part of the spectrum largely unexplored. We propose a base learner VR-Tree which generates trees with variable-randomness. VR-Trees are able to span from the conventional deterministic trees to the complete-random trees using a probabilistic parameter. Using VR-Trees as the base models, we explore the entire spectrum of randomised ensembles, together with Bagging and Random Subspace. We discover that the two halves of the spectrum have their distinct characteristics; and the understanding of which allows us to propose a new approach in building better decision tree ensembles. We name this approach Coalescence, which coalesces a number of points in the random-half of the spectrum. Coalescence acts as a committee of "experts" to cater for unforeseeable conditions presented in training da...
Fei Tony Liu, Kai Ming Ting, Yang Yu, Zhi-Hua Zhou
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where JAIR
Authors Fei Tony Liu, Kai Ming Ting, Yang Yu, Zhi-Hua Zhou
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