11/21/02 MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT, FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
MATH COLLOQUIUM, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 11:00am, STARR 138
SPEAKER: Dr. Kent Sun,
Mathematics Department, Ferris State University
TITLE: A Tree Grows in Big Rapids: an Introduction to the Statistical Method of Recursive Partitioning.
Recursive partitioning is an alternative statistical method of relating input variables to an output variable that unlike classical methods such as linear regression requires fewer assumptions. This method creates a tree diagram that is easy to understand since the structure of the tree diagram is similar to the way that we think. An additional advantage is that not only can it be used to predict a response given a set of input values but that the structure of the tree itself may provide clues as to how the input and output variables are actually related.
REFRESHMENTS: 11:00 am, STARR 138