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Sample compression, learnability, and the VapnikChervonenkis dimension
 MACHINE LEARNING
, 1995
"... Within the framework of paclearning, we explore the learnability of concepts from samples using the paradigm of sample compression schemes. A sample compression scheme of size k for a concept class C ` 2 X consists of a compression function and a reconstruction function. The compression function r ..."
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Within the framework of paclearning, we explore the learnability of concepts from samples using the paradigm of sample compression schemes. A sample compression scheme of size k for a concept class C ` 2 X consists of a compression function and a reconstruction function. The compression function receives a finite sample set consistent with some concept in C and chooses a subset of k examples as the compression set. The reconstruction function forms a hypothesis on X from a compression set of k examples. For any sample set of a concept in C the compression set produced by the compression function must lead to a hypothesis consistent with the whole original sample set when it is fed to the reconstruction function. We demonstrate that the existence of a sample compression scheme of fixedsize for a class C is sufficient to ensure that the class C is paclearnable. Previous work has shown that a class is paclearnable if and only if the VapnikChervonenkis (VC) dimension of the class i...
Relating data compression and learnability
, 1986
"... We explore the learnability of twovalued functions from samples using the paradigm of Data Compression. A first algorithm (compression) choses a small subset of the sample which is called the kernel. A second algorithm predicts future values of the function from the kernel, i.e. the algorithm acts ..."
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We explore the learnability of twovalued functions from samples using the paradigm of Data Compression. A first algorithm (compression) choses a small subset of the sample which is called the kernel. A second algorithm predicts future values of the function from the kernel, i.e. the algorithm acts as an hypothesis for the function to be learned. The second algorithm must be able to reconstruct the correct function values when given a point of the original sample. We demonstrate that the existence of a suitable data compression scheme is sufficient to ensure learnability. We express the probability that the hypothesis predicts the function correctly on a random sample point as a function of the sample and kernel sizes. No assumptions are made on the probability distributions according to which the sample points are generated. This approach provides an alternative to that of [BEHW86], which uses the VapnikChervonenkis dimension to classify learnable geometric concepts. Our bounds are derived directly from the kernel size of the algorithms rather than from the VapnikChervonenkis dimension of the hypothesis class. The proofs are simpler and the introduced compression scheme provides a rigorous model for studying data compression in connection with machine learning. 1