A Hierarchical Ensemble of Decision Trees Applied to Classifying Data from a Psychological Experiment

Yannick Lallement, Carnegie Mellon University

Classifying by hand complex data coming from psychology experiments can be a long and difficult task, because of the quantity of data to classify and the amount of training it may require. One way to alleviate this problem is to use machine learning techniques. We built a classifier based on decision trees that reproduces the classifying process used by two humans on a sample of data and that learns how to classify unseen data. The automatic classifier proved to be more accurate, more constant and much faster than classification by hand.

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