Institute for Mathematical Sciences Programs & Activities
School and Workshop on Classification and Regression Trees
(10 - 26 Mar 2014)
- Wei-Yin Loh (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
- Probal Chaudhuri (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata)
- Ben Haaland (Duke-NUS Medical School)
- Tao Yu (National University of Singapore)
Classification and regression trees are an integral part of the toolbox of data mining, machine learning, and statistics. The year 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of the first journal article on the subject. New techniques have added capabilities that far surpass the early methods. Modern classification trees can partition the data with linear splits on subsets of variables and fit nearest-neighbor, kernel-density, and other models in the partitions. Regression trees can fit almost every kind of traditional statistical model, including least-squares, quantile, logistic, Poisson and proportional hazards models, as well as models for censored, longitudinal and multi-response data. Availability of free software has played a significant role in helping the techniques gain acceptance and popularity in the broader scientific community. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together current experts in the field to discuss recent developments and generate ideas for future research. The purpose of the school is to introduce the subject to other researchers and practitioners who are interested to learn the techniques.
- School (10 - 19 Mar 2014): Professor Wei-Yin Loh will give a tutorial spread over four mornings (11, 13, 17 and 19). *Registration will start at 09:00am, and the lectures will begin at 09:15am and end at 12:30pm, with a break in between.
Outline of Lectures for School on Classification and Regression Trees
Day 1: Grand tour of examples and introduction to decision tree methods
Day 2: Classification tree algorithms
Day 3: Classification tree software demonstration and introduction to regression trees
Day 4: More regression tree algorithms, comparisons, and software demonstration
- Workshop (20 - 26 Mar 2014): This is a research conference consisting of talks by international experts followed by general discussions each day. The schedule will be announced later.
Students and researchers who are interested in attending these activities are requested to complete the online registration form.
The following do not need to register:
- Those invited to participate.
- Those applying for financial support.
For general enquiries, please email us at ims(AT)nus.edu.sg.
For enquiries on scientific aspects of the program, please email Wei-Yin Loh at loh(AT)stat.wisc.edu.