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Decision Tree Induction Systems: A Bayesian Analysis
Wray Buntine
Decision tree induction systems are being used for knowledge acquisition in noisy domains. This paper develops a subjective Bayesian interpretation of the task tackled by these systems and the heuristic methods they use. It is argued that decision tree systems implicitly incorporate a prior belief that the simpler (in terms of decision tree complexity) of two hypotheses be preferred, all else being equal, and that they perform a greedy search of the space of decision rules to find one in which there is strong posterior belief. A number of improvements to these systems are then suggested.
Keywords: Decision Trees, Bayesian Interpretation
Pages: 190-197
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AUTHOR = "Wray Buntine ",
TITLE = "Decision Tree Induction Systems: A Bayesian Analysis",
BOOKTITLE = "Proceedings of the Third Conference Annual Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI-87)",
ADDRESS = "Corvallis, Oregon",
YEAR = "1987",
PAGES = "190--197"

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