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Code: 31/2017
Title: Using Machine Learning to Model Interaction Effects in Education: a Graphical Approach.
Date: Tuesday 27th June 2017
Author(s) : Schiltz, F.; Masci, C.; Agasisti, T.; Horn, D.
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Abstract: Educational systems can be characterized by a complex structure: students, classes and teachers, schools and principals, and providers of education. The added value of schools is likely influenced by all these levels and, especially, by interactions between them. We illustrate the ability of Machine Learning (ML) methods (Regression Trees, Random Forests and Boosting) to model this complex education production function' using Hungarian data. We find that, in contrast to ML methods, classical regression approaches fail to identify relevant nonlinear interactions such as the role of school principals to accommodate district size policies. We visualize nonlinear interaction effects in a way that can be easily interpreted.

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"Using Regression Tree Ensembles to Model Interaction Effects: A Graphical Approach." Journal of applied economics (2018), in press. DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2018.1489520