# Carolin Strobl

#### 6 packages on CRAN

Functions to implements random forest method for model based recursive partitioning. The mob() function, developed by Zeileis et al. (2008), within 'party' package, is modified to construct model-based decision trees based on random forests methodology. The main input function mobforest.analysis() takes all input parameters to construct trees, compute out-of-bag errors, predictions, and overall accuracy of forest. The algorithm performs parallel computation using cluster functions within 'parallel' package.

A computational toolbox for recursive partitioning. The core of the package is ctree(), an implementation of conditional inference trees which embed tree-structured regression models into a well defined theory of conditional inference procedures. This non-parametric class of regression trees is applicable to all kinds of regression problems, including nominal, ordinal, numeric, censored as well as multivariate response variables and arbitrary measurement scales of the covariates. Based on conditional inference trees, cforest() provides an implementation of Breiman's random forests. The function mob() implements an algorithm for recursive partitioning based on parametric models (e.g. linear models, GLMs or survival regression) employing parameter instability tests for split selection. Extensible functionality for visualizing tree-structured regression models is available. The methods are described in Hothorn et al. (2006) <doi:10.1198/106186006X133933>, Zeileis et al. (2008) <doi:10.1198/106186008X319331> and Strobl et al. (2007) <doi:10.1186/1471-2105-8-25>.

Psychometric mixture models based on 'flexmix' infrastructure. At the moment Rasch mixture models with different parameterizations of the score distribution (saturated vs. mean/variance specification), Bradley-Terry mixture models, and MPT mixture models are implemented. These mixture models can be estimated with or without concomitant variables. See vignette('raschmix', package = 'psychomix') for details on the Rasch mixture models.

Infrastructure for psychometric modeling such as data classes (for item response data and paired comparisons), basic model fitting functions (for Bradley-Terry, Rasch, parametric logistic IRT, generalized partial credit, rating scale, multinomial processing tree models), extractor functions for different types of parameters (item, person, threshold, discrimination, guessing, upper asymptotes), unified inference and visualizations, and various datasets for illustration. Intended as a common lightweight and efficient toolbox for psychometric modeling and a common building block for fitting psychometric mixture models in package "psychomix" and trees based on psychometric models in package "psychotree".

Recursive partitioning based on psychometric models, employing the general MOB algorithm (from package partykit) to obtain Bradley-Terry trees, Rasch trees, rating scale and partial credit trees, and MPT trees.

Graphical and computational methods that can be used to assess the stability of results from supervised statistical learning.