# surrogateAssociation

Mean predictive measure of association for surrogate splits in regression tree

## Syntax

ma = surrogateAssociation(tree)
ma = surrogateAssociation(tree,N)

## Description

ma = surrogateAssociation(tree) returns a matrix of predictive measures of association for the predictors in tree.

ma = surrogateAssociation(tree,N) returns a matrix of predictive measures of association averaged over the nodes in vector N.

## Input Arguments

 tree A regression tree constructed with fitrtree, or a compact regression tree constructed with compact. N Vector of node numbers in tree.

## Output Arguments

 ma ma = surrogateAssociation(tree) returns a P-by-P matrix, where P is the number of predictors in tree. ma(i,j) is the predictive measure of association between the optimal split on variable i and a surrogate split on variable j. For more details, see Algorithms.ma = surrogateAssociation(tree,N) returns a P-by-P representing the predictive measure of association between variables averaged over nodes in the vector N. N contains node numbers from 1 to max(tree.NumNodes).

## Examples

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Load the carsmall data set. Specify Displacement, Horsepower, and Weight as predictor variables.

X = [Displacement Horsepower Weight];

Grow a regression tree using MPG as the response. Specify to use surrogate splits for missing values.

tree = fitrtree(X,MPG,'surrogate','on');

Find the mean predictive measure of association between the predictor variables.

ma = surrogateAssociation(tree)
ma = 3×3

1.0000    0.2167    0.5083
0.4521    1.0000    0.3769
0.2540    0.2659    1.0000

Find the mean predictive measure of association averaged over the odd-numbered nodes in tree.

N = 1:2:tree.NumNodes;
ma = surrogateAssociation(tree,N)
ma = 3×3

1.0000    0.1250    0.6875
0.5632    1.0000    0.5861
0.3333    0.3148    1.0000