TCM-RF : Hedging the predictions of Random Forest
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The output of traditional classifier is point prediction without giving any confidence of it. To the contrary, Transductive Confidence Machine (TCM), which is a novel framework that provides a prediction result coupled with its accurate confidence. This method also can hedge the prediction in which the predicting accuracy will be controlled by predefined confidence level. In the framework of TCM, the efficiency of prediction depends on the strangeness function of samples. This paper incorporates Random forests (RF) into the framework of TCM and proposes new TCM algorithm named TCM-RF, in which the strangeness obtained by RF will be used to implement the confidence prediction. Compared with traditional TCM algorithms, our method benefits from the more precise and robust strangeness measure and takes advantage of random forest. Experiments indicate its effectiveness and robustness. In addition, our study demonstrated that using ensemble strategies to define sample strangeness may be a more principled way than using a single classifier. On the other hand, it also shows that the paradigm of hedging prediction can be applied to an ensemble classifier.