Random forest trees and variable importance

SmileRandomForest puts a smile on your face

See the code snippet below and find a full example here.

var classifier = ee.Classifier.smileRandomForest(5).setOutputMode('PROBABILITY').train(trainingSample,"land_class",bandNames);

var dict = classifier.explain();

var variable_importance = ee.Feature(null, ee.Dictionary(dict).get('importance'));

var chart =
title: 'Random Forest Variable Importance',
legend: {position: 'none'},
hAxis: {title: 'Bands'},
vAxis: {title: 'Importance'}



  1. Hi, I have been trying this code out on a random forest classification I am running. I know the code works because I have tested it with the random forest example in the GEE docs. However, I can’t quite get it to work on my classification, which uses 11 inputs and a SNIC segmentation before going through the random forest classifier to produce a 3 class output. My classification works, I just can’t get the dictionary from classifier.explain() to work. I keep getting the error: “Dictionary (Error) Expected 2 classes for PROBABILITY, found 3”. Please contact me if you have any insight as to what might be going on.

    Thank you,


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