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Statistics Student Seminar: Evan Reynolds, Department of Biostatistics, University of Michigan

SVM-CART for Disease Classification
Thursday, September 14, 2017
1:30-2:30 PM
411 West Hall Map
Classification and regression trees (CART) and support vector machines (SVM) have become very popular statistical learning tools for analyzing complex data that often arises in biomedical research. While both CART and SVM serve as powerful classifiers in many clinical settings, there are some common scenarios in which each fails to meet the performance and simplicity needed for use as a clinical decision-making tool. In this paper, we propose a new classification method, SVM-CART, that combines features of SVM and CART to produce a more flexible classifier that has the potential to outperform either method in terms of simplicity or prediction accuracy. Furthermore, to enhance prediction accuracy we provide extensions of a single SVMCART to an ensemble. Finally, we develop methods to select the single most representative classifier from the SVM-CART ensemble. The goal is to produce a decision-making tool that can be used in the clinical setting, while still harnessing the stability and predictive improvements gained through the SVM-CART ensemble. The methods are illustrated using a clinical neuropathy dataset.
Building: West Hall
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: seminar
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of Statistics Graduate Seminar Series, Department of Statistics