Overview[ edit ] In the scientific methodan experiment is an empirical procedure that arbitrates competing models or hypotheses. However, an experiment may also aim to answer a "what-if" question, without a specific expectation about what the experiment reveals, or to confirm prior results.
In this way, the neighborhood of x' depends in a complex way on the structure of the trees, and thus on the structure of the training set. Lin and Jeon show that the shape of the neighborhood used by a random forest adapts to the local importance of each feature.
One can also define a random forest dissimilarity measure between unlabeled data: A random forest dissimilarity can be attractive because it handles mixed variable types very well, is invariant to monotonic transformations of the input variables, and is robust to outlying observations. The random forest dissimilarity easily deals with a large number of semi-continuous variables due to its intrinsic variable selection; for example, the "Addcl 1" random forest dissimilarity weighs the contribution of each variable according to how dependent it is on other variables.
The random forest dissimilarity has been used in a variety of applications, e. By slightly modifying their definition, random forests can be rewritten as kernel methodswhich are more interpretable and easier to analyze.
He pointed out that random forests which are grown using i. Lin and Jeon  established the connection between random forests and adaptive nearest neighbor, implying that random forests can be seen as adaptive kernel estimates.
Davies and Ghahramani  proposed Random Forest Kernel and show that it can empirically outperform state-of-art kernel methods. He also gave explicit expressions for kernels based on centered random forest  and uniform random forest,  two simplified models of random forest.
Notations and definitions[ edit ] Preliminaries: Centered forests[ edit ] Centered forest  is a simplified model for Breiman's original random forestwhich uniformly selects an attribute among all attributes and performs splits at the center of the cell along the pre-chosen attribute.
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