Improving the Performance of Vegetable Leaf Wetness Duration Models in Greenhouses Using Decision Tree Learning
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Leaf wetness duration (LWD) is a key driving variable for peat and disease control in greenhouse management, and depends upon irrigation, rainfall, and dewfall. However, LWD measurement is often replaced by its estimation from other meteorological variables, with associated uncertainty due to the modelling approach used and its calibration. This study uses the decision learning tree method (DLT) for calibrating four LWD models—RH threshold model (RHM), the dew parameterization model (DPM), the classification and regression tree model (CART) and the neural network model (NNM)—whose performances in reproducing measured data are assessed using a large dataset. The relative importance of input variables in contributing to LWD estimation is also computed for the models tested. The LWD models were evaluated at two different greenhouse locations: in a Chinese (CN) greenhouse over three planting seasons (April 2014–October 2015) and in a Spanish (ES) greenhouse over four planting seasons (Apri...
leaf wetness threshold
data mining technology