Re: [R] randomForest Tutorial

From: Hans W. Borchers <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 10:41:34 -0700 (PDT)

The help pages for 'randomForest' are quite clear in stating how to use the 'randomForest()' function. Input is a data frame (not a csv-file) and a formula involving attribute names.

There is a kind of tutorial for classification and clustering with Random Forests on Leo Breiman's web page
<>. It describes the older code on which the R package is built, not the implementation of RandomForest from Salford systems, so more or less what you want.

And there is another implementation of random forests in the 'party' package, see the 'cforest()' function. (The package varSelRF has already been mentioned in a previous post.)

Hans Werner Borchers
ABB Corporate Research

Dirk Nemitz wrote:
> I am new to R and I'd like to use the randomForest package for my thesis
> (identifying important variables for more detailed analysis with other
> software). I have found extremely well written and helpful information on
> the usage of R.
> Unfortunately it seems to be very difficult to find similarly detailed
> tutorials for randomForest, and I just can't get it work with the
> information on
> Can anybody give me a hint where to find a more detailed tutorial? I am
> especially interested in preparation of data to use with randomForest (how
> to structure the csv-file) and which information is mandatory for the
> package to work. Maybe someone has a simple copy-paste example to share
> and
> experiment?
> Thank you for your attention,
> Dirk
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