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Table 3 The 10 most important predictors according to the RF model, indicated by the variable importance (VarImp) for the five Culicoides species of veterinary interest

From: Spatial distribution modelling of Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) biting midges, potential vectors of African horse sickness and bluetongue viruses in Senegal

C. oxystoma C. enderleini C. imicola C. miombo C. bolitinos
Predictor VarImp Predictor VarImp Predictor VarImp Predictor VarImp Predictor VarImp
AvRainb 13.54 AvRainb 13.40 AvRainb 18.82 MaxNDVIa 47.42 MaxNDVIc 6.31
AvDlstb 11.41 MinNDVIb 13.16 MaxNDVIb 10.37 AvRainb 20.64 AvHostc 5.91
MaxDlstc 6.07 MaxNDVIb 11.87 MinNDVI 8.42 MinNDVIb 11.15 MinDlstc 5.66
MinNlstc 5.96 AvDlstb 11.08 MaxRainc 6.19 AvNlstb 10.51 MaxDlstc 5.65
AvNlstc 5.47 MaxDlstc 8.13 AvNlstc 5.66 MaxNlstc 9.50 AvDlstc 5.64
MinDlstc 5.32 MaxRainc 6.35 AvDlstc 5.25 MaxDlstc 8.88 MaxNlstc 5.30
MaxNDVIc 5.04 MinNlstc 5.85 MinNlst 4.62 MinNlstc 8.33 MinNDVIc 5.21
MaxRain 4.93 MinDlstc 5.31 MaxNlst 4.37 MaxRainc 7.25 lcSavanhac 5.20
MaxNlst 4.63 AvNlstc 5.16 MinDlst 4.09 MinDlstc 6.91 lcForestc 5.13
AvHost 4.08 AvHost 4.43 MaxDlst 3.45 AvDlstc 6.81 lcWater 4.72
  1. aPredictors for which VarImp are greater than 30%
  2. bPredictors for which VarImp are lower than 30% and greater than 10%
  3. cPredictors for which VarImp are lower than 10% and greater than 5%