Formal definition for parameter setting in data mining context


While reading this material on decision trees, I came across the following statement:

The construction of decision tree classifiers does not require any domain knowledge or parameter setting, and therefore is appropriate for exploratory knowledge discovery.

I have couple of doubts related to this statement. First one is the definition of parameter setting in this context and another one is how being without parameter setting is apt for exploratory knowledge discovery?


Posted 2018-03-15T00:31:40.543

Reputation: 137



First part about parameter setting regards to the fact that you don't need to define any parameters of the model, which is the case in per se linear regression which takes the form of ŷ =θ0+θ1x where $θ_0,θ_1$ are parameters. Decision trees create those n-dimensional boundaries for future classification (regression) based on certain criteria.

If you are familiar with statistical inference, a good analogy would be good old parametric vs non-parametric tests.

Nemanja Boskovic

Posted 2018-03-15T00:31:40.543

Reputation: 111