[R] how to personalize split function in rpart

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Jul 5 22:34:23 CEST 2004

Have you looked at the package sources? Do read rpart/tests/usersplits.R.

On Mon, 5 Jul 2004, Simone Vantini wrote:

> I am a student of the Politecnico di Milano (Milan, italy) and I'm working
> on CARTs. I'm trying to use the R rpart function with a personalized splitfunction... but I'm not able  to do it!
> More precisely, I would like to know what is the meaning of the function
> 'init', 'split' and 'eval' named in the help page.I can't find any answer
> in 'Classification and regression trees' (Breiman, ...) , in 'Modern
> applied statistics with S-plus' (Venables, Ripley) or even in the on-line
> forum.Thank You very much

Those are not about rpart.  See the S original at


for some further details (in rpart/Manuscript/AddMethods, about adding 
C-level split functions).

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