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Decision Tree to predict the value of a continuous target variable

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Predict the value of a continuous variable such as price, turn around time, or mileage using wink-regression-tree.


Use npm to install:

npm install wink-regression-tree --save

Getting Started

Here is an example of predicting car’s mileage (miles per gallon - mpg) from attributes like displacement, horsepower, acceleration, country of origin, and few more. A sample data row is given for quick reference:

Model MPG Cylinders Displacement Power Weight Acceleration Year Origin
Toyota Mark II 20 6 large displacement high power high weight slow 73 Japan

The code below provides a potential configuration to predict the value of miles per gallon:

// Load wink-regression-tree.
var regressionTree = require( 'wink-regression-tree' );
// Load cars training data set.
// In practice an async mechanism may be used to
// read data asynchronously and call `ingest()` on
// every row of data read.
var cars = require( 'wink-regression-tree/sample-data/cars.json' );
// Create a sample data to test prediction for
// Ford Gran Torino, having "mpg of 14.5", very
// large displacement, extremely high power, very
// high weight, slow, and with origin as US.
var input = {
  model: 'Ford Gran Torino',
  weight: 'very high weight',
  displacement: 'very large displacement',
  horsepower: 'extremely high power',
  origin: 'US',
  acceleration: 'slow'
// Above record is not the part of training data.
// Create an instance of the regression  tree.
var rt = regressionTree();
// Specify columns of the training data.
var columns = [
  { name: 'model', categorical: true, exclude: true },
  { name: 'mpg', categorical: false, target: true },
  { name: 'cylinders', categorical: true, exclude: false },
  { name: 'displacement', categorical: true, exclude: false },
  { name: 'horsepower', categorical: true, exclude: false },
  { name: 'weight', categorical: true, exclude: false },
  { name: 'acceleration', categorical: true, exclude: false },
  { name: 'year', categorical: true, exclude: true },
  { name: 'origin', categorical: true, exclude: false  }
// Specify configuration for learning.
var treeParams = {
  minPercentVarianceReduction: 0.5,
  minLeafNodeItems: 10,
  minSplitCandidateItems: 30,
  minAvgChildrenItems: 2
// Define the regression tree configuration using
// `columns` and `treeParams`.
rt.defineConfig( columns, treeParams );
// Ingest the data.
cars.forEach( function ( row ) {
  rt.ingest( row );
} );
// Data ingested! Now time to learn from data!!
console.log( rt.learn() );
// -> 16 (Number of Rules Learned)
// Predict the **mean** value.
var mean = rt.predict( input );
console.log( +mean.toFixed( 1 ) );
// -> 14.3 ( compare with actual mpg of 14.5 )
// In practice one may like to compute a range
// or upper limit using the `modifier` function
// during prediction. Note `size`, `mean`, and `stdev`
// values, passed to this function, can be used
// for computing the range or the upper limit.

Try experimenting with this example on Runkit in the browser.


For detailed API docs, check out URL!

Need Help?

If you spot a bug and the same has not yet been reported, raise a new issue or consider fixing it and sending a pull request.

About wink

Wink is a family of open source packages for Statistical Analysis, Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning in NodeJS. The code is thoroughly documented for easy human comprehension and has a test coverage of ~100% for reliability to build production grade solutions.

Copyright & License

wink-regression-tree is copyright 2017-18 GRAYPE Systems Private Limited.

It is licensed under the terms of the MIT License.

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