[R] Discretization of numeric attributes

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue May 7 10:09:17 CEST 2002

On Tue, 7 May 2002, Hans W. Borchers wrote:

> >
> >rpart and tree, for example.
> Yes, I know that recursive partitioning does some kind of splitting
> numerical variables. I looked into 'rpart.chm', but could not identify a
> function that I could call. What I would need is something like
> discretize(num.var, some.factor, method="FayyadIrani, MDL, Kononenko, C45")
> giving back a factor variable with selected intervals or splitting points
> as names. Can I extract something similar from one of the packages rpart or
> tree?

Think about what the top level split in a tree does.  You could alos
extract the C routines used.

You are misusing the terms though: C4.5 is not a splitting rule but a
tree-construction and pruning algorithm, and MDL is a principle to choose

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