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Active Learning with Statistical Models
, 1995
"... For manytypes of learners one can compute the statistically "optimal" way to select data. We review how these techniques have been used with feedforward neural networks [MacKay, 1992# Cohn, 1994]. We then showhow the same principles may be used to select data for two alternative, statist ..."
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For manytypes of learners one can compute the statistically "optimal" way to select data. We review how these techniques have been used with feedforward neural networks [MacKay, 1992# Cohn, 1994]. We then showhow the same principles may be used to select data for two alternative, statisticallybased learning architectures: mixtures of Gaussians and locally weighted regression. While the techniques for neural networks are expensive and approximate, the techniques for mixtures of Gaussians and locally weighted regression are both efficient and accurate.
Improving generalization with active learning
 Machine Learning
, 1994
"... Abstract. Active learning differs from "learning from examples " in that the learning algorithm assumes at least some control over what part of the input domain it receives information about. In some situations, active learning is provably more powerful than learning from examples ..."
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Abstract. Active learning differs from &quot;learning from examples &quot; in that the learning algorithm assumes at least some control over what part of the input domain it receives information about. In some situations, active learning is provably more powerful than learning from examples alone, giving better generalization for a fixed number of training examples. In this article, we consider the problem of learning a binary concept in the absence of noise. We describe a formalism for active concept learning called selective sampling and show how it may be approximately implemented by a neural network. In selective sampling, a learner receives distribution information from the environment and queries an oracle on parts of the domain it considers &quot;useful. &quot; We test our implementation, called an SGnetwork, on three domains and observe significant improvement in generalization.
Selective sampling using the Query by Committee algorithm
 Machine Learning
, 1997
"... We analyze the "query by committee" algorithm, a method for filtering informative queries from a random stream of inputs. We show that if the twomember committee algorithm achieves information gain with positive lower bound, then the prediction error decreases exponentially with the numbe ..."
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We analyze the "query by committee" algorithm, a method for filtering informative queries from a random stream of inputs. We show that if the twomember committee algorithm achieves information gain with positive lower bound, then the prediction error decreases exponentially with the number of queries. We show that, in particular, this exponential decrease holds for query learning of perceptrons.
Neural network exploration using optimal experiment design
 Neural Networks
, 1994
"... We consider the question "How should one act when the only goal is to learn as much as possible?" Building on the theoretical results of Fedorov [1972] and MacKay [1992], we apply techniques from Optimal Experiment Design (OED) to guide the query/action selection of a neural network lear ..."
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We consider the question "How should one act when the only goal is to learn as much as possible?" Building on the theoretical results of Fedorov [1972] and MacKay [1992], we apply techniques from Optimal Experiment Design (OED) to guide the query/action selection of a neural network learner. We demonstrate that these techniques allow the learner to minimize its generalization error by exploring its domain efficiently and completely.We conclude that, while not a panacea, OEDbased query/action has muchto offer, especially in domains where its high computational costs can be tolerated.
Fast Kernel Classifiers With Online And Active Learning
 JOURNAL OF MACHINE LEARNING RESEARCH
, 2005
"... Very high dimensional learning systems become theoretically possible when training examples are abundant. The computing cost then becomes the limiting factor. Any efficient learning algorithm should at least take a brief look at each example. But should all examples be given equal attention? This ..."
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Very high dimensional learning systems become theoretically possible when training examples are abundant. The computing cost then becomes the limiting factor. Any efficient learning algorithm should at least take a brief look at each example. But should all examples be given equal attention? This contribution proposes an empirical answer. We first present an online SVM algorithm based on this premise. LASVM yields competitive misclassification rates after a single pass over the training examples, outspeeding stateoftheart SVM solvers. Then we show how active example selection can yield faster training, higher accuracies, and simpler models, using only a fraction of the training example labels.
Bayesian Treed Gaussian Process Models with an Application to Computer Modeling
 Journal of the American Statistical Association
, 2007
"... This paper explores nonparametric and semiparametric nonstationary modeling methodologies that couple stationary Gaussian processes and (limiting) linear models with treed partitioning. Partitioning is a simple but effective method for dealing with nonstationarity. Mixing between full Gaussian proce ..."
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This paper explores nonparametric and semiparametric nonstationary modeling methodologies that couple stationary Gaussian processes and (limiting) linear models with treed partitioning. Partitioning is a simple but effective method for dealing with nonstationarity. Mixing between full Gaussian processes and simple linear models can yield a more parsimonious spatial model while significantly reducing computational effort. The methodological developments and statistical computing details which make this approach efficient are described in detail. Illustrations of our model are given for both synthetic and real datasets. Key words: recursive partitioning, nonstationary spatial model, nonparametric regression, Bayesian model averaging 1
WorstCase Analysis of Selective Sampling for Linear Classification
 JOURNAL OF MACHINE LEARNING RESEARCH
, 2006
"... A selective sampling algorithm is a learning algorithm for classification that, based on the past observed data, decides whether to ask the label of each new instance to be classified. In this paper, we introduce a general technique for turning linearthreshold classification algorithms from the ..."
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A selective sampling algorithm is a learning algorithm for classification that, based on the past observed data, decides whether to ask the label of each new instance to be classified. In this paper, we introduce a general technique for turning linearthreshold classification algorithms from the general additive family into randomized selective sampling algorithms. For the most popular algorithms in this family we derive mistake bounds that hold for individual sequences of examples. These bounds
Active learning using adaptive resampling
 In Proceedings of the Sixth ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
, 2000
"... Classi cation modeling (a.k.a. supervised learning) is an extremely useful analytical technique for developing predictive and forecasting applications. The explosive growth in data warehousing and internet usage has made large amounts of data potentially available for developing classi cation models ..."
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Classi cation modeling (a.k.a. supervised learning) is an extremely useful analytical technique for developing predictive and forecasting applications. The explosive growth in data warehousing and internet usage has made large amounts of data potentially available for developing classi cation models. For example, natural language text is widely available in many forms (e.g., electronic mail, news articles, reports, and web page contents). Categorization of data is a common activity which can be automated to a large extent using supervised learning methods. Examples of this include routing of electronic mail, satellite image classi cation, and character recognition. However, these tasks require labeled data sets of su ciently high quality with adequate instances for training the predictive models. Much of the online data, particularly the unstructured variety (e.g., text), is unlabeled. Labeling is usually a expensive manual process done by domain experts. Active learning is an approach to solving this problem and works by identifying a subset of the data that needs to be labeled and uses this subset to generate classi cation models. We present an active learning method that uses adaptive resampling in a natural way to signi cantly reduce the size of the required labeled set and generates a classi cation model that achieves the high accuracies possible with current adaptive resampling methods.
Learning probabilistic linearthreshold classifiers via selective sampling
 In Proc. 16th COLT
, 2003
"... Abstract. In this paper we investigate selective sampling, a learning model where the learner observes a sequence of i.i.d. unlabeled instances each time deciding whether to query the label of the current instance. We assume that labels are binary and stochastically related to instances via a linear ..."
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Abstract. In this paper we investigate selective sampling, a learning model where the learner observes a sequence of i.i.d. unlabeled instances each time deciding whether to query the label of the current instance. We assume that labels are binary and stochastically related to instances via a linear probabilistic function whose coefficients are arbitrary and unknown. We then introduce a new selective sampling rule and show that its expected regret (with respect to the classifier knowing the underlying linear function and observing the label realization after each prediction) grows not much faster than the number of sampled labels. Furthermore, under additional assumptions on the true margin distribution, we prove that the number of sampled labels grows only logarithmically in the number of observed instances. Experiments carried out on a text categorization problem show that: (1) our selective sampling algorithm performs better than the Perceptron algorithm even when the latter is given the true label after each classification; (2) when allowed to observe the true label after each classification, the performance of our algorithm remains the same. Finally, we note that by expressing our selective sampling rule in dual variables we can learn nonlinear probabilistic functions via the kernel machinery. 1
Exploration in Active Learning
 THE HANDBOOK OF BRAIN THEORY AND NEURAL NETWORKS
, 1998
"... Research on machine learning has, over the last decades, produced a variety of techniques to automatically improve the performance of computer programs through experience. Approaches to machine learning can roughly be divided into two categories, passive and active, each making characteristic assump ..."
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Research on machine learning has, over the last decades, produced a variety of techniques to automatically improve the performance of computer programs through experience. Approaches to machine learning can roughly be divided into two categories, passive and active, each making characteristic assumptions about the learner and its environment.