This function produces predicted classes or confidence values from a C5.0 model.

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`object` |
an object of class |

`newdata` |
a matrix or data frame of predictors |

`trials` |
an integer for how many boosting iterations are used for prediction. See the note below. |

`type` |
either |

`na.action` |
when using a formula for the original model fit, how should missing values be handled? |

`...` |
other options (not currently used) |

Note that the number of trials in the object my be less than what was
specified originally (unless `earlyStopping = FALSE`

was used in
`C5.0Control`

). If the number requested is larger than the
actual number available, the maximum actual is used and a warning is
issued.

Model confidence values reflect the distribution of the classes in terminal nodes or within rules.

For rule-based models (i.e. not boosted), the predicted confidence value is the confidence value from the most specific, active rule. Note that C4.5 sorts the rules, and uses the first active rule for prediction. However, the default in the original sources did not normalize the confidence values. For example, for two classes it was possible to get confidence values of (0.3815, 0.8850) or (0.0000, 0.922), which do not add to one. For rules, this code divides the values by there sum. The previous values would be converted to (0.3012, 0.6988) and (0, 1). There are also cases where no rule is activated. Here, equal values are assigned to each class.

For boosting, the per-class confidence values are aggregated over all of the trees created during the boosting process and these aggregate values are normalized so that the overall per-class confidence values sum to one.

When the `cost`

argument is used in the main function, class
probabilities derived from the class distribution in the terminal
nodes may not be consistent with the final predicted class. For this
reason, requesting class probabilities from a model using unequal
costs will throw an error.

when `type = "class"`

, a factor vector is returned. When `type = "prob"`

, a matrix of confidence values is returned (one column per class).

Original GPL C code by Ross Quinlan, R code and modifications to C by Max Kuhn, Steve Weston and Nathan Coulter

Quinlan R (1993). C4.5: Programs for Machine Learning. Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, http://www.rulequest.com/see5-unix.html

`C5.0`

, `C5.0Control`

, `summary.C5.0`

, `C5imp`

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