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The Power of Vacillation in Language Learning
, 1992
"... Some extensions are considered of Gold's influential model of language learning by machine from positive data. Studied are criteria of successful learning featuring convergence in the limit to vacillation between several alternative correct grammars. The main theorem of this paper is that there ..."
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Some extensions are considered of Gold's influential model of language learning by machine from positive data. Studied are criteria of successful learning featuring convergence in the limit to vacillation between several alternative correct grammars. The main theorem of this paper is that there are classes of languages that can be learned if convergence in the limit to up to (n+1) exactly correct grammars is allowed but which cannot be learned if convergence in the limit is to no more than n grammars, where the no more than n grammars can each make finitely many mistakes. This contrasts sharply with results of Barzdin and Podnieks and, later, Case and Smith, for learnability from both positive and negative data. A subset principle from a 1980 paper of Angluin is extended to the vacillatory and other criteria of this paper. This principle, provides a necessary condition for circumventing overgeneralization in learning from positive data. It is applied to prove another theorem to the eff...
Incremental concept learning for bounded data mining
 Information and Computation
, 1999
"... Important re nements of concept learning in the limit from positive data considerably restricting the accessibility of input data are studied. Let c be any concept; every in nite sequence of elements exhausting c is called positive presentation of c. In all learning models considered the learning ma ..."
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Important re nements of concept learning in the limit from positive data considerably restricting the accessibility of input data are studied. Let c be any concept; every in nite sequence of elements exhausting c is called positive presentation of c. In all learning models considered the learning machine computes a sequence of hypotheses about the target concept from a positive presentation of it. With iterative learning, the learning machine, in making a conjecture, has access to its previous conjecture and the latest data item coming in. In kbounded examplememory inference (k is a priori xed) the learner is allowed to access, in making a conjecture, its previous hypothesis, its memory of up to k data items it has already seen, and the next element coming in. In the case of kfeedback identi cation, the learning machine, in making a conjecture, has access to its previous conjecture, the latest data item coming in, and, on the basis of this information, it can compute k items and query the database of previous data to nd out, for each of the k items, whether or not it is in the database (k is again a priori xed). In all cases, the sequence of conjectures has to converge to a hypothesis
Types of monotonic language learning and their characterization
 In Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Workshop on Computational Learning Theory
, 1992
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Characterizations of Monotonic and Dual Monotonic Language Learning
 Information and Computation
, 1995
"... The present paper deals with monotonic and dual monotonic language learning from positive as well as from positive and negative examples. The three notions of monotonicity reflect different formalizations of the requirement that the learner has to produce better and better generalizations when fed m ..."
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The present paper deals with monotonic and dual monotonic language learning from positive as well as from positive and negative examples. The three notions of monotonicity reflect different formalizations of the requirement that the learner has to produce better and better generalizations when fed more and more data on the concept to be learned.
Monotonic Versus Nonmonotonic Language Learning
, 1993
"... In the present paper strongmonotonic, monotonic and weakmonotonic reasoning is studied in the context of algorithmic language learning theory from positive as well as from positive and negative data. Strongmonotonicity describes the requirement to only produce better and better generalization ..."
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In the present paper strongmonotonic, monotonic and weakmonotonic reasoning is studied in the context of algorithmic language learning theory from positive as well as from positive and negative data. Strongmonotonicity describes the requirement to only produce better and better generalizations when more and more data are fed to the inference device. Monotonic learning reflects the eventual interplay between generalization and restriction during the process of inferring a language. However, it is demanded that for any two hypotheses the one output later has to be at least as good as the previously produced one with respect to the language to be learnt. Weakmonotonicity is the analogue of cumulativity in learning theory. We relate all these notions one to the other as well as to previously studied modes of identification, thereby in particular obtaining a strong hierarchy.
Infinitary Self Reference in Learning Theory
, 1994
"... Kleene's Second Recursion Theorem provides a means for transforming any program p into a program e(p) which first creates a quiescent self copy and then runs p on that self copy together with any externally given input. e(p), in effect, has complete (low level) self knowledge, and p represents ..."
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Kleene's Second Recursion Theorem provides a means for transforming any program p into a program e(p) which first creates a quiescent self copy and then runs p on that self copy together with any externally given input. e(p), in effect, has complete (low level) self knowledge, and p represents how e(p) uses its self knowledge (and its knowledge of the external world). Infinite regress is not required since e(p) creates its self copy outside of itself. One mechanism to achieve this creation is a self replication trick isomorphic to that employed by singlecelled organisms. Another is for e(p) to look in a mirror to see which program it is. In 1974 the author published an infinitary generalization of Kleene's theorem which he called the Operator Recursion Theorem. It provides a means for obtaining an (algorithmically) growing collection of programs which, in effect, share a common (also growing) mirror from which they can obtain complete low level models of themselves and the other prog...
The intrinsic complexity of language identification
 Journal of Computer and System Sciences
, 1996
"... A new investigation of the complexity of language identification is undertaken using the notion of reduction from recursion theory and complexity theory. The approach, referred to as the intrinsic complexity of language identification, employs notions of ‘weak ’ and ‘strong ’ reduction between learn ..."
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A new investigation of the complexity of language identification is undertaken using the notion of reduction from recursion theory and complexity theory. The approach, referred to as the intrinsic complexity of language identification, employs notions of ‘weak ’ and ‘strong ’ reduction between learnable classes of languages. The intrinsic complexity of several classes is considered and the results agree with the intuitive difficulty of learning these classes. Several complete classes are shown for both the reductions and it is also established that the weak and strong reductions are distinct. An interesting result is that the self referential class of Wiehagen in which the minimal element of every language is a grammar for the language and the class of pattern languages introduced by Angluin are equivalent in the strong sense. This study has been influenced by a similar treatment of function identification by Freivalds, Kinber, and Smith. 1
Synthesizing Enumeration Techniques For Language Learning
 In Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Conference on Computational Learning Theory
, 1996
"... this paper we assume, without loss of generality, that for all oe ` ø , [M(oe) 6=?] ) [M(ø) 6=?]. ..."
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this paper we assume, without loss of generality, that for all oe ` ø , [M(oe) 6=?] ) [M(ø) 6=?].
Complexity issues for vacillatory function identification
 Information and Computation
, 1995
"... It was previously shown by Barzdin and Podnieks that one does not increase the power of learning programs for functions by allowing learning algorithms to converge to a finite set of correct programs instead of requiring them to converge to a single correct program. In this paper we define some new, ..."
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It was previously shown by Barzdin and Podnieks that one does not increase the power of learning programs for functions by allowing learning algorithms to converge to a finite set of correct programs instead of requiring them to converge to a single correct program. In this paper we define some new, subtle, but natural concepts of mind change complexity for function learning and show that, if one bounds this complexity for learning algorithms, then, by contrast with Barzdin and Podnieks result, there are interesting and sometimes complicated tradeoffs between these complexity bounds, bounds on the number of final correct programs, and learning power. CR Classification Number: I.2.6 (Learning – Induction). 1