[Biomod-commits] Comparison among variable importance
ajcanepa at gmail.com
Thu May 16 22:07:36 CEST 2013
Many thanks for your help.
It's great that thsi list works so good.
On 16 May 2013 18:34, Wilfried Thuiller
<wilfried.thuiller at ujf-grenoble.fr>wrote:
> Hi there all,
> This is, indeed, a tricky question.
> The way we perform variable importance, as do RandomForest, is really
> without unit. As Viorel mentioned, this is 1 minus the mean of correlations
> (depending on the number of variable importance runs). This is done
> independently (as Maxent is also doing as far as I understood). I do not
> think there is a sound statistical way of standardizing them. You may do as
> Damien suggest but I fear this is not really sound and should be
> interpreted without caution (but I am happy to be convinced otherwise).
> As Viorel suggested, box plots would do the same more or less the same but
> in a more sound way to me.
> Le 16 mai 2013 à 16:44, Viorel Popescu <vioreldpopescu at gmail.com> a écrit
> > Hi everyone, I had a similar question a few weeks ago, and from my
> > understanding the varImportance scores are drawn from correlation
> > coefficients between different models (with and without the respective
> > variable permuted), namely, 1 minus the correlation (r). Hence, they
> > add up to 1, the way variable importance is performed in MaxEnt. In that
> > case, standardizing the scores would not a be very good way to deal
> > with the varImportance. Am I missing something here?
> > The way I dealt with them (with advice from Wilfried) was to show
> > of varImportance score for each variable across modeling techniques (and
> > taxa if you need to make such comparisons), and refer to median scores
> > (distribution of scores was far from normal).
> > Cheers,
> > Viorel
> > On Thu, May 16, 2013 at 3:39 AM, Damien Georges
> > <damien.georges2 at gmail.com>wrote:
> >> Dear Antonio,
> >> I guess you are right and you need to make a kind of standardisation of
> >> scores to make them all comparable. Make them sum to 1 is a good way to
> >> it.
> >> Cheers,
> >> Damien.
> >> On 16/05/2013 12:09, Antonio Canepa wrote:
> >>> Dear list,
> >>> I would like to know if you can directly compare among different models
> >>> the
> >>> variable importance of each variable selected?
> >>> My guess is not, because when I got the importance of each variable (
> >>> getModelsVarImport()), the sum of all of them for each model was not =
> >>> I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or there is another way to
> >>> "standardise" the output from getModelsVarImport() and thus compare
> >>> throughout models ?
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