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Multivariate Adaptive Regression Splines

Statistical and Numerical Computing

  1. Charles Kooperberg

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vaa008

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Kooperberg, C. 2006. Multivariate Adaptive Regression Splines. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 4.

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  1. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, USA

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  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


The multivariate adaptive regression splines (MARS) algorithm was developed by Friedman as a nonparametric method for multiple regression. The MARS algorithm uses adaptively selected spline functions. Because of its adaptivity MARS is often able to model functions that express high variation in one region of the predictor space and are smoother in other parts.