Partition Platform Overview
The Partition platform recursively partitions data according to a relationship between the predictors and response values, creating a decision tree. Variations of partitioning go by many names and brand names: decision trees, CARTTM, CHAIDTM, C4.5, C5, and others. The technique is often considered as a data mining technique for the following reasons:
• it is useful for exploring relationships without having a good prior model
• it handles large problems easily
• the results are interpretable
A classic application of partitioning is to create a diagnostic heuristic for a disease. Given symptoms and outcomes for a number of subjects, partitioning can be used to generate a hierarchy of questions to help diagnose new ...