[R] why delete.response?

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Aug 24 07:05:07 CEST 2002

On Fri, 23 Aug 2002, Saket Joshi wrote:

> Hi all,
> I am running R1.5.0 under unix.
> I recently used the function 'predict.tree' to make predictions with a
> tree object and a dataframe of numeric items. The predict.tree internally,
> calls a function 'delete.response'.
> When I removed this function call from the source code of predict.tree, it
> ran 10 times faster without any differences in the result obtained.
> The documentation for delete.response says that this function is used for
> deleting the response variable from the dataset. However the documentation
> for the predict.tree function says that the response variable is ignored
> during prediction.
> Could someone tell me why the function 'predict.tree' calls
> 'delete.response'?

To make prediction possible without having the response variable in

Your description of `delete.response' is incorrect: see its help page.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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