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Fix for gbm.plot

2014/04/22

Categories: R

I’m currently in the process of writing a report using boosted regression trees. I’m currently using guidelines provided by Elith et al here, and here

They provide the function gbm.step, which performs 10-fold cross validation on the boosted regression tree. It also has a nifty gbm.plot function, producing partial dependence plots. Unforunately, it kept giving me this error:

Error: could not find function "windows"

This means that the function windows() is being called inside gbm.plot(). So I looked into what the heck windows is and it turns out it opens a graphics device, but is the command reserved for windows machines - I use a mac, and the equivalent command is X11(). I found this out thanks to this website.

So I simply found the source code for gbm.plot, and replaced windows() with X11()

Hopefully this will prove helpful to someone.