Mixture of Decision Trees for Interpretable Machine Learning, Simeon Brüggenjürgen, Nina Schaaf, Pascal Kerschke, Marco F. Huber. (2022)


This work introduces a novel interpretable machine learning method called Mixture of Decision Trees (MoDT). It constitutes a special case of the Mixture of Experts ensemble architecture, which utilizes a linear model as gating function and decision trees as experts. Our proposed method is ideally suited for problems that cannot be satisfactorily learned by a single decision tree, but which can alternatively be divided into subproblems. Each subproblem can then be learned well from a single decision tree. Therefore, MoDT can be considered as a method that improves performance while maintaining interpretability by making each of its decisions understandable and traceable to humans.