Fuzzy forests, a new algorithm based on random forests,
is designed to reduce the bias seen in random forest feature selection
caused by the presence of correlated features. Fuzzy forests uses
recursive feature elimination random forests to select
features from separate blocks of correlated features where the
correlation within each block of features is high
and the correlation between blocks of features is low.
One final random forest is fit using the surviving features.
This package fits random forests using the 'randomForest' package and
allows for easy use of 'WGCNA' to split features into distinct blocks.
See D. Conn, Ngun, T., C. Ramirez, and G. Li (2019)
fuzzyforest is an extension of random forests designed to yield less biased
variable importance rankings when features are correlated with one another.
The algorithm requires that features be partitioned into seperate groups
or modules such that the correlation within groups are large and the
correlation between groups is small.
fuzzyforest allows for easy integration
To enable use of the full functionality of
must be installed. However,
WGCNA requires the installation of a few
packages form bioConductor. To install
WGCNA, type the following lines
into the console:
If further issues with the installation of
WGCNA arise see the
This work is partially supported through NSF grant IIS 1251151.