[R] R-Package for Recursive Partitioning without Classification or Regression

Bert Gunter bgunter.4567 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 28 16:55:39 CEST 2017


Recursive partitioning requires a response variable because splitting
criteria are based on node purity/homogeneity (by various criteria) of
the responses.

So why did you not just search on "clustering" (e.g. at rseek.org)?
And in particular, have you looked at the CRAN task view on clustering


If nothing there satisfies your needs, you may need to clarify your query.


Bert Gunter

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On Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 5:56 AM, Tom D. Harray <tomdharray at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> I have a question related to recursive partitioning, but I cannot find
> an answer, likely because I don't know how to properly word my Google
> search query.
> All recursive partitioning examples, which I can find, are used for
> either classification or regression trees like
>    library(tree)
>    data(iris)
>    tree(Species ~ Sepal.Width + Petal.Width, data = iris)
> which implies building a model. However, I would like to split data
> like clustering similar to decision tree methods, because I have
> nothing to predict.
> My question is: Is there a package, which I can use to partition my
> data without classification or regression so that it resembles
> clustering methods?
> Thanks and regards,
> Dirk
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