Learns an ensemble of regression trees (such as random forest* variants). Typically, each tree is built with a different set of rows (records) and/or columns (attributes). See the options for Data Sampling and Attribute Sampling for more details. The attributes can also be provided as bit (fingerprint), byte, or double vector. The output model describes an ensemble of regression tree models and is applied in the corresponding predictor node using a simple mean of the individual predictions.
In a regression tree the predicted value for a leaf node is the mean target value of the records within the leaf. Hence the predictions are best (with respect to the training data) if the variance of target values within a leaf is minimal. This is achieved by splits that minimize the sum of squared errors in their respective children.
For a more general description and suggested default parameters see the node description of the classification Tree Ensemble Learner.
Select the attributes on which the model should be learned. You can choose from two modes.
Fingerprint attribute Uses a fingerprint/vector (bit, byte and double are possible) column to learn the model by treating each entry of the vector as a separate attribute (e.g. a bit vector of length 1024 is expanded into 1024 binary attributes). The node requires all vectors to be of the same length.
Column attributes Uses ordinary columns in your table (e.g. String, Double, Integer, etc.) as attributes to learn the model on. The dialog allows you to select the columns manually (by moving them to the right panel) or via a wildcard/regex selection (all columns whose names match the wildcard/regex are used for learning). In case of manual selection, the behavior for new columns (i.e. that are not available at the time you configure the node) can be specified as either Enforce exclusion (new columns are excluded and therefore not used for learning) or Enforce inclusion (new columns are included and therefore used for learning).
Use same set of attributes for each tree means that the attributes are sampled once for each tree and this sample is then used to construct the tree.
Use different set of attributes for each tree node samples a different set of candidate attributes in each of the tree nodes from which the optimal one is chosen to perform the split. This option is used in random forests.
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