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Class: ClassificationTree

Predict resubstitution labels of classification tree


label = resubPredict(tree)
[label,posterior] = resubPredict(tree)
[label,posterior,node] = resubPredict(tree)
[label,posterior,node,cnum] = resubPredict(tree)
[label,...] = resubPredict(tree,Name,Value)


label = resubPredict(tree) returns the labels tree predicts for the data tree.X. label is the predictions of tree on the data that fitctree used to create tree.

[label,posterior] = resubPredict(tree) returns the posterior class probabilities for the predictions.

[label,posterior,node] = resubPredict(tree) returns the node numbers of tree for the resubstituted data.

[label,posterior,node,cnum] = resubPredict(tree) returns the predicted class numbers for the predictions.

[label,...] = resubPredict(tree,Name,Value) returns resubstitution predictions with additional options specified by one or more Name,Value pair arguments.

Input Arguments

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A classification tree constructed by fitctree.

Name-Value Arguments

Specify optional pairs of arguments as Name1=Value1,...,NameN=ValueN, where Name is the argument name and Value is the corresponding value. Name-value arguments must appear after other arguments, but the order of the pairs does not matter.

Before R2021a, use commas to separate each name and value, and enclose Name in quotes.

Pruning level, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'Subtrees' and a vector of nonnegative integers in ascending order or 'all'.

If you specify a vector, then all elements must be at least 0 and at most max(tree.PruneList). 0 indicates the full, unpruned tree and max(tree.PruneList) indicates the completely pruned tree (i.e., just the root node).

If you specify 'all', then resubPredict operates on all subtrees (i.e., the entire pruning sequence). This specification is equivalent to using 0:max(tree.PruneList).

resubPredict prunes tree to each level indicated in Subtrees, and then estimates the corresponding output arguments. The size of Subtrees determines the size of some output arguments.

To invoke Subtrees, the properties PruneList and PruneAlpha of tree must be nonempty. In other words, grow tree by setting 'Prune','on', or by pruning tree using prune.

Example: 'Subtrees','all'

Data Types: single | double | char | string

Output Arguments


The response tree predicts for the training data. label is the same data type as the training response data tree.Y.

If the Subtrees name-value argument contains m>1 entries, label has m columns, each of which represents the predictions of the corresponding subtree. Otherwise, label is a vector.


Matrix or array of posterior probabilities for classes tree predicts.

If the Subtrees name-value argument is a scalar or is missing, posterior is an n-by-k matrix, where n is the number of rows in the training data tree.X, and k is the number of classes.

If Subtrees contains m>1 entries, posterior is an n-by-k-by-m array, where the matrix for each m gives posterior probabilities for the corresponding subtree.


The node numbers of tree where each data row resolves.

If the Subtrees name-value argument is a scalar or is missing, node is a numeric column vector with n rows, the same number of rows as tree.X.

If Subtrees contains m>1 entries, node is a n-by-m matrix. Each column represents the node predictions of the corresponding subtree.


The class numbers that tree predicts for the resubstituted data.

If the Subtrees name-value argument is a scalar or is missing, cnum is a numeric column vector with n rows, the same number of rows as tree.X.

If Subtrees contains m>1 entries, cnum is a n-by-m matrix. Each column represents the class predictions of the corresponding subtree.


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Find the total number of misclassifications of the Fisher iris data for a classification tree.

load fisheriris
tree = fitctree(meas,species);
Ypredict = resubPredict(tree);    % The predictions
Ysame = strcmp(Ypredict,species); % True when ==
sum(~Ysame) % How many are different?
ans = 3

Load Fisher's iris data set. Partition the data into training (50%)

load fisheriris

Grow a classification tree using the all petal measurements.

Mdl = fitctree(meas(:,3:4),species);
n = size(meas,1); % Sample size
K = numel(Mdl.ClassNames); % Number of classes

View the classification tree.


Figure Classification tree viewer contains an axes object and other objects of type uimenu, uicontrol. The axes object contains 18 objects of type line, text.

The classification tree has four pruning levels. Level 0 is the full, unpruned tree (as displayed). Level 4 is just the root node (i.e., no splits).

Estimate the posterior probabilities for each class using the subtrees pruned to levels 1 and 3.

[~,Posterior] = resubPredict(Mdl,'SubTrees',[1 3]);

Posterior is an n-by- K-by- 2 array of posterior probabilities. Rows of Posterior correspond to observations, columns correspond to the classes with order Mdl.ClassNames, and pages correspond to pruning level.

Display the class posterior probabilities for iris 125 using each subtree.

ans = 
ans(:,:,1) =

         0    0.0217    0.9783

ans(:,:,2) =

         0    0.5000    0.5000

The decision stump (page 2 of Posterior) has trouble predicting whether iris 125 is versicolor or virginica.

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