Random Forest Regression models for Lactation and Successful Insemination in Holstein Friesian cows [article]

Lillian Achola Oluoch, Laszlo Stacho, Laszlo Viharos, Andor Viharos, Edit Mikó
2020 bioRxiv   pre-print
To overcome well-known difficulties in establishing reliable models based on large data sets, the Random Forest Regression (RFR) method is applied to study economical breeding and milk production of dairy cows. As for the features of RFR,there are several positive experiences in various areas of applications supporting that with RFR one can achieve reliable model predictions for industrial production of any product providing a useful base for decisions. In this study, a data set of a period of
more » ... en years including about eighty thousand cows was analysed by means of RFR. Ranking of production control parameters is obtained, the most important explanatory variables are found by computing the variances of the target variable on the sets created during the training phases of the RFR. Predictions are made for the milk production and the conception of the calves with high accuracy on given data and simulations are used to investigate prediction accuracy. This paper is primarily concerned with the mathematical aspects of a forthcoming work focused on the agricultural viewpoints. As for future mathematical research plans, the results will be compared with models based on factor analysis and linear regression.
doi:10.1101/2020.11.17.386318 fatcat:b2bdftagxzftbkpc4kdlclwsne