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An introduction to boosting and leveraging
 Advanced Lectures on Machine Learning, LNCS
, 2003
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Using and combining predictors that specialize
 In 29th STOC
, 1997
"... Abstract. We study online learning algorithms that predict by combining the predictions of several subordinate prediction algorithms, sometimes called “experts. ” These simple algorithms belong to the multiplicative weights family of algorithms. The performance of these algorithms degrades only loga ..."
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Abstract. We study online learning algorithms that predict by combining the predictions of several subordinate prediction algorithms, sometimes called “experts. ” These simple algorithms belong to the multiplicative weights family of algorithms. The performance of these algorithms degrades only logarithmically with the number of experts, making them particularly useful in applications where the number of experts is very large. However, in applications such as text categorization, it is often natural for some of the experts to abstain from making predictions on some of the instances. We show how to transform algorithms that assume that all experts are always awake to algorithms that do not require this assumption. We also show how to derive corresponding loss bounds. Our method is very general, and can be applied to a large family of online learning algorithms. We also give applications to various prediction models including decision graphs and “switching ” experts. 1
Tutorial on Practical Prediction Theory for Classification
, 2005
"... We discuss basic prediction theory and it's impact on classification success evaluation, implications for learning algorithm design, and uses in learning algorithm execution. This tutorial is meant to be a comprehensive compilation of results which are both theoretically rigorous and practicall ..."
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We discuss basic prediction theory and it's impact on classification success evaluation, implications for learning algorithm design, and uses in learning algorithm execution. This tutorial is meant to be a comprehensive compilation of results which are both theoretically rigorous and practically useful. There are two important implications...
Automatically categorizing written texts by author gender
 Literary and Linguistic Computing
, 2003
"... The problem of automatically determining the gender of a document's author would appear to be a more subtle problem than those of categorization by topic or authorship attribution. Nevertheless, it is shown that automated text categorization techniques can exploit combinations of simple lexical ..."
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The problem of automatically determining the gender of a document's author would appear to be a more subtle problem than those of categorization by topic or authorship attribution. Nevertheless, it is shown that automated text categorization techniques can exploit combinations of simple lexical and syntactic features to infer the gender of the author of an unseen formal written document with approximately 80 % accuracy. The same techniques can be used to determine if a document is fiction or nonfiction with approximately 98 % accuracy.
A New Approximate Maximal Margin Classification Algorithm
 JOURNAL OF MACHINE LEARNING RESEARCH
, 2001
"... A new incremental learning algorithm is described which approximates the maximal margin hyperplane w.r.t. norm p 2 for a set of linearly separable data. Our algorithm, called alma p (Approximate Large Margin algorithm w.r.t. norm p), takes O (p 1) 2 2 corrections to separate the data wi ..."
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A new incremental learning algorithm is described which approximates the maximal margin hyperplane w.r.t. norm p 2 for a set of linearly separable data. Our algorithm, called alma p (Approximate Large Margin algorithm w.r.t. norm p), takes O (p 1) 2 2 corrections to separate the data with pnorm margin larger than (1 ) , where is the (normalized) pnorm margin of the data. alma p avoids quadratic (or higherorder) programming methods. It is very easy to implement and is as fast as online algorithms, such as Rosenblatt's Perceptron algorithm. We performed extensive experiments on both realworld and artificial datasets. We compared alma 2 (i.e., alma p with p = 2) to standard Support vector Machines (SVM) and to two incremental algorithms: the Perceptron algorithm and Li and Long's ROMMA. The accuracy levels achieved by alma 2 are superior to those achieved by the Perceptron algorithm and ROMMA, but slightly inferior to SVM's. On the other hand, alma 2 is quite faster and easier to implement than standard SVM training algorithms. When learning sparse target vectors, alma p with p > 2 largely outperforms Perceptronlike algorithms, such as alma 2 .
Adaptive and SelfConfident OnLine Learning Algorithms
, 2000
"... We study online learning in the linear regression framework. Most of the performance bounds for online algorithms in this framework assume a constant learning rate. To achieve these bounds the learning rate must be optimized based on a posteriori information. This information depends on the wh ..."
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We study online learning in the linear regression framework. Most of the performance bounds for online algorithms in this framework assume a constant learning rate. To achieve these bounds the learning rate must be optimized based on a posteriori information. This information depends on the whole sequence of examples and thus it is not available to any strictly online algorithm. We introduce new techniques for adaptively tuning the learning rate as the data sequence is progressively revealed. Our techniques allow us to prove essentially the same bounds as if we knew the optimal learning rate in advance. Moreover, such techniques apply to a wide class of online algorithms, including pnorm algorithms for generalized linear regression and Weighted Majority for linear regression with absolute loss. Our adaptive tunings are radically dierent from previous techniques, such as the socalled doubling trick. Whereas the doubling trick restarts the online algorithm several ti...
Online portfolio selection using multiplicative updates
 Mathematical Finance
, 1998
"... We present an online investment algorithm which achieves almost the same wealth as the best constantrebalanced portfolio determined in hindsight from the actual market outcomes. The algorithm employs a multiplicative update rule derived using a framework introduced by Kivinen and Warmuth. Our algo ..."
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We present an online investment algorithm which achieves almost the same wealth as the best constantrebalanced portfolio determined in hindsight from the actual market outcomes. The algorithm employs a multiplicative update rule derived using a framework introduced by Kivinen and Warmuth. Our algorithm is very simple to implement and requires only constant storage and computing time per stock ineach trading period. We tested the performance of our algorithm on real stock data from the New York Stock Exchange accumulated during a 22year period. On this data, our algorithm clearly outperforms the best single stock aswell as Cover's universal portfolio selection algorithm. We also present results for the situation in which the We present an online investment algorithm which achieves almost the same wealth as the best constantrebalanced portfolio investment strategy. The algorithm employsamultiplicative update rule derived using a framework introduced by Kivinen and Warmuth [20]. Our algorithm is very simple to implement and its time and storage requirements grow linearly in the number of stocks.
Sequential prediction of individual sequences under general loss functions
 IEEE Trans. on Information Theory
, 1998
"... Abstract—We consider adaptive sequential prediction of arbitrary binary sequences when the performance is evaluated using a general loss function. The goal is to predict on each individual sequence nearly as well as the best prediction strategy in a given comparison class of (possibly adaptive) pre ..."
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Abstract—We consider adaptive sequential prediction of arbitrary binary sequences when the performance is evaluated using a general loss function. The goal is to predict on each individual sequence nearly as well as the best prediction strategy in a given comparison class of (possibly adaptive) prediction strategies, called experts. By using a general loss function, we generalize previous work on universal prediction, forecasting, and data compression. However, here we restrict ourselves to the case when the comparison class is finite. For a given sequence, we define the regret as the total loss on the entire sequence suffered by the adaptive sequential predictor, minus the total loss suffered by the predictor in the comparison class that performs best on that particular sequence. We show that for a large class of loss functions, the minimax regret is either (log N)
Relative Loss Bounds for Multidimensional Regression Problems
 MACHINE LEARNING
, 2001
"... We study online generalized linear regression with multidimensional outputs, i.e., neural networks with multiple output nodes but no hidden nodes. We allow at the final layer transfer functions such as the softmax function that need to consider the linear activations to all the output neurons. The ..."
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We study online generalized linear regression with multidimensional outputs, i.e., neural networks with multiple output nodes but no hidden nodes. We allow at the final layer transfer functions such as the softmax function that need to consider the linear activations to all the output neurons. The weight vectors used to produce the linear activations are represented indirectly by maintaining separate parameter vectors. We get the weight vector by applying a particular parameterization function to the parameter vector. Updating the parameter vectors upon seeing new examples is done additively, as in the usual gradient descent update. However, by using a nonlinear parameterization function between the parameter vectors and the weight vectors, we can make the resulting update of the weight vector quite different from a true gradient descent update. To analyse such updates, we define a notion of a matching loss function and apply it both to the transfer function and to the parameterization function. The loss function that matches the transfer function is used to measure the goodness of the predictions of the algorithm. The loss function that matches the parameterization function can be used both as a measure of divergence between models in motivating the update rule of the algorithm and as a measure of progress in analyzing its relative performance compared to an arbitrary fixed model. As a result, we have a unified treatment that generalizes earlier results for the gradient descent and exponentiated gradient algorithms to multidimensional outputs, including multiclass logistic regression.
Tracking the Best Disjunction
 Machine Learning
, 1995
"... . Littlestone developed a simple deterministic online learning algorithm for learning kliteral disjunctions. This algorithm (called Winnow) keeps one weight for each of the n variables and does multiplicative updates to its weights. We develop a randomized version of Winnow and prove bounds for a ..."
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. Littlestone developed a simple deterministic online learning algorithm for learning kliteral disjunctions. This algorithm (called Winnow) keeps one weight for each of the n variables and does multiplicative updates to its weights. We develop a randomized version of Winnow and prove bounds for an adaptation of the algorithm for the case when the disjunction may change over time. In this case a possible target disjunction schedule T is a sequence of disjunctions (one per trial) and the shift size is the total number of literals that are added/removed from the disjunctions as one progresses through the sequence. We develop an algorithm that predicts nearly as well as the best disjunction schedule for an arbitrary sequence of examples. This algorithm that allows us to track the predictions of the best disjunction is hardly more complex than the original version. However the amortized analysis needed for obtaining worstcase mistake bounds requires new techniques. In some cases our low...