wsrf: An R Package for Scalable Weighted Subspace Random Forests

The wsrf is a parallel implementation of the Weighted Subspace Random Forest algorithm (wsrf) of . A novel variable weighting method is used for variable subspace selection in place of the traditional approach of random variable sampling. This new approach is particularly useful in building models for high dimensional data---often consisting of thousands of variables. Parallel computation is used to take advantage of multi-core machines and clusters of machines to build random forest models from high dimensional data with reduced elapsed times.

Documentation & Examples

The package ships with a pdf vignette including more details and a few examples.


Currently, wsrf requires R (>= 3.0.0), Rcpp (>= 0.10.2). For the use of multi-threading, a C++ compiler with C++11 standard support of threads or the Boost C++ library with version above 1.54 is required. The choice is available at installation time depending on what is available to the user. To install the latest version of the package, from within run:

install.packages("wsrf", configure.args="--enable-c11=yes")

The latest GCC supports C++11, and if C++11 is not available or the Operating System you want to run wsrf is Windows:

install.packages("wsrf", configure.args="--enable-c11=no")

or just:


Finally if you want to use Boost for multithreading, wsrf can be installed with the appropriate configuration options:

                 configure.args="--with-boost-include=<Boost include path>
                                 --with-boost-lib=<Boost lib path>")


GPL (>= 2)