Predict BigMart Sales using randomForest--III

This is a typical predictive analytics problem with both categorical and numeric variables. It is a regression problem. We use RandomForest. At data exploration stage, we explore if it would benefit performance if one or more of numeric columns are discretized. Also, we try to transform the skewed target vaiable to make it symmetrical using function: sqrt. (After prediction stage, we square the predicted output). Missing value imputation is performed using randomForest (See the compnent: Missing Values imputation with random Forest on knime hub). To minimize uncertainity in the results, we loop over the partitioning, missing value imputation, modeling, predicting and scoring multiple times. We then calculate confidence interval of mean RMSE.

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