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Comp 540 Chapter 9: Additive Models, Trees, and Related Methods. Ryan King. Overview. 9.1 Generalized Additive Models 9.2 Tree-based Methods (CART) 9.4 MARS 9.6 Missing Data 9.7 Computational Considerations. Generalize Additive Models. Generally have the form:

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### Comp 540Chapter 9:Additive Models, Trees, and Related Methods

Ryan King

Overview

9.2 Tree-based Methods (CART)

9.4 MARS

9.6 Missing Data

9.7 Computational Considerations

Generally have the form:

Example: logistic regression

• The conditional mean related to an additive function of the predictors via a link function
• Identity: (Gaussian)
• Logit: (binomial)
• Log: (Poisson)
• Penalized Sum of Squares Criterion (PRSS)
9.1 Backfitting Algorithm
• Initialize:
• Cycle:

Until the functions change less than a threshold

9.1.3 Summary
• Additive models extend linear models
• Flexible, but still interpretable
• Simple, modular, backfitting procedure
• Limitations for large data-mining applications
9.2 Tree-Based Methods
• Partition the feature space
• Fit a simple model (constant) in each partition
• Simple, but powerful
• CART: Classification and Regression Trees, Breiman et al, 1984
9.2 Regression Trees
• CART is a top down (divisive) greedy procedure
• Partitioning is a local decision for each node
• A partition on variable j at value s creates regions:

and

9.2 Regression Trees
• Each node chooses j,s to solve:
• For any choice j,s the inner minimization is solved by:
• Easy to scan through all choices of j,s to find optimal split
• After the split, recur on and
9.2 Cost-Complexity Pruning
• How large do we grow the tree? Which nodes should we keep?
• Grow tree out to fixed depth, prune back based on cost-complexity criterion.
9.2 Terminology
• A subtree: implies is a pruned version of
• Tree has M leaf nodes, each indexed by m
• Leaf node m maps to region
• denotes the number of leaf nodes of
• is the number of data points in region
9.2 Cost-Complexity Pruning
• We define the cost complexity criterion:
• For , find to minimize
• Choose by cross-validation
9.2 Classification Trees
• We define the same cost complexity criterion:
• But choose different measure of node impurity
9.2 Impurity Measures
• Misclassification Error
• Gini index
• Cross-entropy
9.2 Categorical Predictors
• How do we handle categorical variables?
• In general, possible partitions of

q values into two groups

3. Trick for 0-1 case: sort the predictor classes by proportion falling in outcome class 1, then partition as normal

9.2 CART Example
• Examples…
9.3 PRIM-Bump Hunting
• Partition based, but not tree-based
• Seeks boxes where the response average is high
• Top-down algorithm
Patient Rule Induction Method
• Shrink the box by compressing one face, to peel off factor alpha of observations. Choose peeling that produces highest response mean.
• Repeat step 2 until some minimal number of observations remain
• Expand the box along any face, as long as the resulting box mean increases.
• Steps 1-4 give a sequence of boxes, use cross-validation to choose a member of the sequence, call that box B1
• Remove B1 from dataset, repeat process to find another box, as desired.
9.3 PRIM Summary
• Can handle categorical predictors, as CART does
• Designed for regression, can 2 class classification can be coded as 0-1
• Non-trivial to deal with k>2 classes
• More patient than CART
9.4 Multivariate Adaptive Regression Splines (MARS)
• Generalization of stepwise linear regression
• Modification of CART to improve regression performance
• Able to capture additive structure
• Not tree-based
9.4 MARS Continued
• Basis built up from simple piecewise linear functions
• Set “C” represents candidate set of linear splines, with “knees” at each data point Xi. Models built with elements from C or their products.
9.4 MARS Procedure

Model has form:

• Given a choice for the , the coefficients chosen by standard linear regression.
• At each stage consider as a new basis function pair all products of a function in the model set M, with one of the reflected pairs in C.
9.4 Choosing Number of Terms
• Large models can overfit.
• Backward deletion procedure: delete terms which cause the smallest increase in residual squared error, to give sequence of models.
• Pick Model using Generalized Cross Validation:
• is the effective number of parameters in the model. C=3, r is the number of basis vectors, and K knots
• Choose the model which minimizes
9.4 MARS Summary
• Basis functions operate locally
• Forward modeling is hierarchical, multiway products are built up only from existing terms
• Each input appears only once in each product
• Useful option is to set limit on order of operations. Limit of two allows only pairwise products. Limit of one results in an additive model
9.5 Hierarchical Mixture of Experts (HME)
• Variant of tree based methods
• Soft splits, not hard decisions
• At each node, an observation goes left or right with probability depending on its input values
• Smooth parameter optimization, instead of discrete split point search
9.5 HMEs continued
• Linear (or logistic) regression model fit at each leaf node (Expert)
• Splits can be multi-way, instead of binary
• Splits are probabilistic functions of linear combinations of inputs (gating network), rather than functions of single inputs
• Formally a mixture model
9.6 Missing Data
• Quite common to have data with missing values for one or more input features
• Missing values may or may not distort data
• For response vector y, Xobs is the observed entries, let Z=(X,y) and Zobs=(Xobs,y)
9.6 Missing Data
• Quite common to have data with missing values for one or more input features
• Missing values may or may not distort data
• For response vector y, Xobs is the observed entries, let Z=(X,y) and Zobs=(Xobs,y), R is an indicator matrix for missing values
9.6 Missing Data
• Missing at Random(MAR):
• Missing Completely at Random(MCAR)
• MCAR is a stronger assumption
9.6 Dealing with Missing Data

Three approaches for handling MCAR data:

• Discard observations with missing features
• Rely on the learning algorithm to deal with missing values in its training phase
• Impute all the missing values before training
9.6 Dealing…MCAR
• If few values are missing, (1) may work
• For (2), CART can work well with missing values via surrogate splits. Additive models can assume average values.
• (3) is necessary for most algorithms. Simplest tactic is to use the mean or median.
• If features are correlated, can build predictive models for missing features in terms of known features
9.6 Computational Considerations
• For N observations, p predictors