decision tree


Definition of decision tree

: a tree diagram which is used for making decisions in business or computer programming and in which the branches represent choices with associated risks, costs, results, or probabilities

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Recent Examples on the Web The decision tree provides a step-by-step flow chart for handling COVID-19 cases on campus, and summarizes guidance from national, state, and local public health authorities. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "What if a student has COVID-19? Here’s what schools will do," 3 Oct. 2020 That's according to a companion school decision tree. al, "Teachers in masks, lunches in classrooms, CDC guidelines envision stark new year for schools," 22 May 2020 These values were then sent on to a second form of processing, using a machine-learning approach called a decision tree. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How do you keep an AI’s behavior from becoming predictable?," 4 Mar. 2020 These decision trees make the final call about whether an account represents a problem and needs to be deactivated. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How do you keep an AI’s behavior from becoming predictable?," 4 Mar. 2020 The Cowboys talk about the need for a clear decision tree. David Moore, Dallas News, "Inside the issues an all-virtual NFL draft presents for the Dallas Cowboys and their preparation for them," 18 Apr. 2020 Bari hopes a reliable decision tree will help guide healthcare workers in countries such as his native Morocco, where hospitals are expected to be overwhelmed in the pandemic. Melissa Healystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Ventilators for coronavirus patients are in short supply. How scientists might pivot," 7 Apr. 2020 Think of those tails as branches in a decision tree. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "Don’t Believe the COVID-19 Models," 2 Apr. 2020 Although fertility care looks different for each person receiving it, there’s a general decision tree that most people follow. Quartz, "Exploring the paths to fertilization and their costs," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of decision tree

1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Decision tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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