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Classification Using Decision Tree Ensembles

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Abstract: Across disciplines, researchers and practitioners employ decision tree ensembles such as random forests and XGBoost with great success. What explains their popularity? This chapter showcases how marketing scholars and decision makers can harness the power of decision tree ensembles for academic and practical applications. The author discusses the origin of decision tree ensembles, explains their theoretical underpinnings, and illustrates them empirically using a real-world telemarketing case, with the objective of predicting customer conversions. Readers unfamiliar with decision tree ensembles will learn to appreciate them for their versatility, competitive accuracy, ease of application, and computational efficiency and will gain a comprehensive understanding why decision tree ensembles contribute to every data scientist’s methodological toolbox.

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