Event

A Statistician’s Botanical Garden - The Ideas behind Trees, Model-Based Trees and Random Forests

  • Thu 19 Nov 20

    14:00 - 15:00

  • Online

    Zoom ID: 8808141103

  • Event speaker

    Carolin Strobl

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    ED-3S

  • Event organiser

    Mathematical Sciences, Department of

  • Contact details

    Osama Mahmoud

These Departmental Seminars are for everyone in Maths. We encourage anyone interested in the subject in general, or in the particular subject of the seminar, to come along. It's a great opportunity to meet people in the Maths Department and join in with our community.

A Statistician’s Botanical Garden - The Ideas behind Trees, Model-Based Trees and Random Forests

Classification and regression trees, model-based trees and random forests are powerful statistical methods from the field of machine learning. They have been shown to achieve a high prediction accuracy, especially in big data applications with many predictor variables and complex association patterns (such as nonlinear and higher-order interaction effects).

While individual trees are easy to interpret, random forests are "black box" prediction methods. They do, however, provide variable importance measures, that are being used to judge the relevance of the individual predictor variables.

The aim of this presentation is to introduce the rationale behind trees, model-based trees and random forests, to illustrate their potential for high-dimensional data exploration, e.g., in psychological research, but also to point out limitations and potential pitfalls in their practical application.

Speaker

Prof. Carolin Strobl, University of Zurich.

How to attend

If not a member of the Dept. Mathematical Science at the University of Essex, you can register your interest in attending the seminar and request the Zoom’s meeting password by emailing Dr Osama Mahmoud

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