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Online Learning with Kernels
, 2003
"... Kernel based algorithms such as support vector machines have achieved considerable success in various problems in the batch setting where all of the training data is available in advance. Support vector machines combine the socalled kernel trick with the large margin idea. There has been little u ..."
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Kernel based algorithms such as support vector machines have achieved considerable success in various problems in the batch setting where all of the training data is available in advance. Support vector machines combine the socalled kernel trick with the large margin idea. There has been little use of these methods in an online setting suitable for realtime applications. In this paper we consider online learning in a Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Space. By considering classical stochastic gradient descent within a feature space, and the use of some straightforward tricks, we develop simple and computationally efficient algorithms for a wide range of problems such as classification, regression, and novelty detection. In addition to allowing the exploitation of the kernel trick in an online setting, we examine the value of large margins for classification in the online setting with a drifting target. We derive worst case loss bounds and moreover we show the convergence of the hypothesis to the minimiser of the regularised risk functional. We present some experimental results that support the theory as well as illustrating the power of the new algorithms for online novelty detection. In addition
Convolution Kernels on Discrete Structures
, 1999
"... We introduce a new method of constructing kernels on sets whose elements are discrete structures like strings, trees and graphs. The method can be applied iteratively to build a kernel on an infinite set from kernels involving generators of the set. The family of kernels generated generalizes the fa ..."
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We introduce a new method of constructing kernels on sets whose elements are discrete structures like strings, trees and graphs. The method can be applied iteratively to build a kernel on an infinite set from kernels involving generators of the set. The family of kernels generated generalizes the family of radial basis kernels. It can also be used to define kernels in the form of joint Gibbs probability distributions. Kernels can be built from hidden Markov random elds, generalized regular expressions, pairHMMs, or ANOVA decompositions. Uses of the method lead to open problems involving the theory of infinitely divisible positive definite functions. Fundamentals of this theory and the theory of reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces are reviewed and applied in establishing the validity of the method.
Linear Regression Limit Theory for Nonstationary Panel Data
 ECONOMETRICA
, 1999
"... This paper develops a regression limit theory for nonstationary panel data with large numbers of cross section Ž n. and time series Ž T. observations. The limit theory allows for both sequential limits, wherein T� � followed by n��, and joint limits where T, n�� simultaneously; and the relationship ..."
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This paper develops a regression limit theory for nonstationary panel data with large numbers of cross section Ž n. and time series Ž T. observations. The limit theory allows for both sequential limits, wherein T� � followed by n��, and joint limits where T, n�� simultaneously; and the relationship between these multidimensional limits is explored. The panel structures considered allow for no time series cointegration, heterogeneous cointegration, homogeneous cointegration, and nearhomogeneous cointegration. The paper explores the existence of longrun average relations between integrated panel vectors when there is no individual time series cointegration and when there is heterogeneous cointegration. These relations are parameterized in terms of the matrix regression coefficient of the longrun average covariance matrix. In the case of homogeneous and near homogeneous cointegrating panels, a panel fully modified regression estimator is developed and studied. The limit theory enables us to test hypotheses about the long run average parameters both within and between subgroups of the full population.
Communication over fading channels with delay constraints
 IEEE Transactions on Information Theory
, 2002
"... We consider a user communicating over a fading channel with perfect channel state information. Data is assumed to arrive from some higher layer application and is stored in a buffer until it is transmitted. We study adapting the user's transmission rate and power based on the channel state info ..."
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We consider a user communicating over a fading channel with perfect channel state information. Data is assumed to arrive from some higher layer application and is stored in a buffer until it is transmitted. We study adapting the user's transmission rate and power based on the channel state information as well as the buffer occupancy; the objectives are to regulate both the longterm average transmission power and the average buffer delay incurred by the traffic. Two models for this situation are discussed; one corresponding to fixedlength/variablerate codewords and one corresponding to variablelength codewords. The tradeoff between the average delay and the average transmission power required for reliable communication is analyzed. A dynamic programming formulation is given to find all Pareto optimal power/delay operating points. We then quantify the behavior of this tradeoff in the regime of asymptotically large delay. In this regime we characterize simple buffer control policies which exhibit optimal characteristics. Connections to the delaylimited capacity and the expected capacity of fading channels are also discussed.
Iterated random functions
 SIAM Review
, 1999
"... Abstract. Iterated random functions are used to draw pictures or simulate large Ising models, among other applications. They offer a method for studying the steady state distribution of a Markov chain, and give useful bounds on rates of convergence in a variety of examples. The present paper surveys ..."
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Abstract. Iterated random functions are used to draw pictures or simulate large Ising models, among other applications. They offer a method for studying the steady state distribution of a Markov chain, and give useful bounds on rates of convergence in a variety of examples. The present paper surveys the field and presents some new examples. There is a simple unifying idea: the iterates of random Lipschitz functions converge if the functions are contracting on the average. 1. Introduction. The
On the Influence of the Kernel on the Consistency of Support Vector Machines
 Journal of Machine Learning Research
, 2001
"... In this article we study the generalization abilities of several classifiers of support vector machine (SVM) type using a certain class of kernels that we call universal. It is shown that the soft margin algorithms with universal kernels are consistent for a large class of classification problems ..."
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In this article we study the generalization abilities of several classifiers of support vector machine (SVM) type using a certain class of kernels that we call universal. It is shown that the soft margin algorithms with universal kernels are consistent for a large class of classification problems including some kind of noisy tasks provided that the regularization parameter is chosen well. In particular we derive a simple su#cient condition for this parameter in the case of Gaussian RBF kernels. On the one hand our considerations are based on an investigation of an approximation propertythe socalled universalityof the used kernels that ensures that all continuous functions can be approximated by certain kernel expressions. This approximation property also gives a new insight into the role of kernels in these and other algorithms. On the other hand the results are achieved by a precise study of the underlying optimization problems of the classifiers. Furthermore, we show consistency for the maximal margin classifier as well as for the soft margin SVM's in the presence of large margins. In this case it turns out that also constant regularization parameters ensure consistency for the soft margin SVM's. Finally we prove that even for simple, noise free classification problems SVM's with polynomial kernels can behave arbitrarily badly.
Infinitehorizon policygradient estimation
 Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research
, 2001
"... Gradientbased approaches to direct policy search in reinforcement learning have received much recent attention as a means to solve problems of partial observability and to avoid some of the problems associated with policy degradation in valuefunction methods. In this paper we introduce � � , a si ..."
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Gradientbased approaches to direct policy search in reinforcement learning have received much recent attention as a means to solve problems of partial observability and to avoid some of the problems associated with policy degradation in valuefunction methods. In this paper we introduce � � , a simulationbased algorithm for generating a biased estimate of the gradient of the average reward in Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes ( � s) controlled by parameterized stochastic policies. A similar algorithm was proposed by Kimura, Yamamura, and Kobayashi (1995). The algorithm’s chief advantages are that it requires storage of only twice the number of policy parameters, uses one free parameter � � (which has a natural interpretation in terms of biasvariance tradeoff), and requires no knowledge of the underlying state. We prove convergence of � � , and show how the correct choice of the parameter is related to the mixing time of the controlled �. We briefly describe extensions of � � to controlled Markov chains, continuous state, observation and control spaces, multipleagents, higherorder derivatives, and a version for training stochastic policies with internal states. In a companion paper (Baxter, Bartlett, & Weaver, 2001) we show how the gradient estimates generated by � � can be used in both a traditional stochastic gradient algorithm and a conjugategradient procedure to find local optima of the average reward. 1.
Correcting sample selection bias by unlabeled data
"... We consider the scenario where training and test data are drawn from different distributions, commonly referred to as sample selection bias. Most algorithms for this setting try to first recover sampling distributions and then make appropriate corrections based on the distribution estimate. We prese ..."
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We consider the scenario where training and test data are drawn from different distributions, commonly referred to as sample selection bias. Most algorithms for this setting try to first recover sampling distributions and then make appropriate corrections based on the distribution estimate. We present a nonparametric method which directly produces resampling weights without distribution estimation. Our method works by matching distributions between training and testing sets in feature space. Experimental results demonstrate that our method works well in practice.
A Model of Inductive Bias Learning
 Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research
, 2000
"... A major problem in machine learning is that of inductive bias: how to choose a learner's hypothesis space so that it is large enough to contain a solution to the problem being learnt, yet small enough to ensure reliable generalization from reasonablysized training sets. Typically such bias is ..."
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A major problem in machine learning is that of inductive bias: how to choose a learner's hypothesis space so that it is large enough to contain a solution to the problem being learnt, yet small enough to ensure reliable generalization from reasonablysized training sets. Typically such bias is supplied by hand through the skill and insights of experts. In this paper a model for automatically learning bias is investigated. The central assumption of the model is that the learner is embedded within an environment of related learning tasks. Within such an environment the learner can sample from multiple tasks, and hence it can search for a hypothesis space that contains good solutions to many of the problems in the environment. Under certain restrictions on the set of all hypothesis spaces available to the learner, we show that a hypothesis space that performs well on a sufficiently large number of training tasks will also perform well when learning novel tasks in the same environment. Exp...
Exponential integrability and transportation cost related to logarithmic Sobolev inequalities
 J. FUNCT. ANAL
, 1999
"... We study some problems on exponential integrability, concentration of measure, and transportation cost related to logarithmic Sobolev inequalities. On the real line, we then give a characterization of those probability measures which satisfy these inequalities. ..."
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We study some problems on exponential integrability, concentration of measure, and transportation cost related to logarithmic Sobolev inequalities. On the real line, we then give a characterization of those probability measures which satisfy these inequalities.