[ml] decision trees / random forests?

Mike Schachter mike at mindmech.com
Tue Jan 3 14:08:38 PST 2012

Hi Glenn!

We have given a workshop on random forests in the
past, the slides can be found here:


There is source code in the git repository that uses
random forests to do digit recognitiion. The git repo
itself can be checked out like this:

git clone git://ml-noisebridge.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/ml-noisebridge/ml-noisebridge

You can find the random forest example in:


To use randomForests in R, you need to install the package
that can be located here:


On Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 2:32 PM, Glenn Wright
<infinite.perplexity at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey all, anyone have any background with decision trees, especially (what I
> think are known as) ensemble methods such as random forests?  Straight out
> of the Stanford class I found an interesting problem to work on, but for a
> variety of reasons I think it might work better with decision trees than
> with neural networks.  Unfortunately, that's not an area we covered in the
> class.
> I programmed a very simple, non-ensemble implementation by hand, and while
> it's ridiculously slow, it does seem to solve the problem.  So I downloaded
> the "milk" python library, which uses NumPy, and tried running its
> (obviously much faster) random forest model.  And...well...it seems to be
> getting the right answers, but I'm getting to the point where I'd like to
> compare notes with someone before I get too far out on a limb.  Get it?  Out
> on a limb?  Trees?  Okay, I'll shut up now :)
> --
> -Glenn
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