The Design and Analysis of Efficient Learning Algorithms

The Design and Analysis of Efficient Learning Algorithms - ACM Doctral Dissertation Awards

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Approaches to building machines that can learn from experience abound - from connectionist learning algorithms and genetic algorithms to statistical mechanics and a learning system based on Piaget's theories of early childhood development. This monograph describes results derived from the mathematically oriented framework of computational learning theory. Focusing on the design of efficient learning algorithms and their performance, it develops a sound, theoretical foundation for studying and understanding machine learning.;Since many results concern the fundamental problem of learning a concept from examples, Schapire begins with a brief introduction to the Valiant model, which has generated much of the research on this problem. Four self-contained chapters then consider different aspects of machine learning. Their contributions include a general technique for dramatically improving the error rate of a "weak" learning algorithm that can also be used to improve the space efficiency of many known learning algorithms; a detailed exploration of a powerful statistical method for efficiently inferring the structure of certain kinds of Boolean formulas from random examples of the formula's input-output behaviour; the extension of a standard model of concept learning to accommodate concepts that exhibit uncertain or probabilistic behaviour; (including a variety of tools and techniques for designing efficient learning algorithms in such a probabilistic setting); and a description of algorithms that can be used by a robot to infer the "structure" of its environment through experimentation.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262193252
Publisher: MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 511.8
DEWEY edition: 20
Language: English
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 544g
Height: 182mm
Width: 235mm
Spine width: 17mm