Re: [R] CART for 0/1 data

From: Martin Wegmann <wegmann_at_biozentrum.uni-wuerzburg.de>
Date: Sat 24 Sep 2005 - 02:02:31 EST

On Friday 23 September 2005 17:08, Dave Roberts wrote:
> Martin,
>
> If the data are actually coded 0/1, the tree function would
> probably intepret them as integers and try a regression instead of a
> classification. If the dependent variable is called "var", try

thanks, but I think I provided too less informations. My dependent variable are the locations which are names (I could transform them to numbers from 1 - n). The independent variables consist of 0/1 data (species).
If I do
tree(locations~factor(species1)+factor(species2)+.....+factor(speciesn), sp_data)
I receive the same results as without the factor() part. BTW just a subset of the locations are displayed what is pretty weird considering that I included all locations in the analysis.

Martin

> x <- tree(factor(var)~species)
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> Martin Wegmann wrote:
> > Dear R-user,
> >
> > I tried to generate classification / regression tree with a
> > absence/presence matrix of species (400) in different locations (50) to
> > visualise species which are important for splitting up two locations.
> > Rpart and tree did not work for more than 10 species which is logical due
> > to the limited amount of locations (n=50). However the error prompt is a
> > "+" and no specific message, but I am pretty sure that I did not enter a
> > false sign by mistake.
> > Is it allowed at all to use 0/1 data for this statistical technique and
> > if yes is there a way or different method to use all 400 species entries?
> > Otherwise I would apply a PCA beforehand but I would prefer to have the
> > raw species informations.
> >
> > using R 2.1.1-1 (debian repos.)
> >
> > regards, Martin
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