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Boosting a Weak Learning Algorithm By Majority
, 1995
"... We present an algorithm for improving the accuracy of algorithms for learning binary concepts. The improvement is achieved by combining a large number of hypotheses, each of which is generated by training the given learning algorithm on a different set of examples. Our algorithm is based on ideas pr ..."
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We present an algorithm for improving the accuracy of algorithms for learning binary concepts. The improvement is achieved by combining a large number of hypotheses, each of which is generated by training the given learning algorithm on a different set of examples. Our algorithm is based on ideas presented by Schapire in his paper "The strength of weak learnability", and represents an improvement over his results. The analysis of our algorithm provides general upper bounds on the resources required for learning in Valiant's polynomial PAC learning framework, which are the best general upper bounds known today. We show that the number of hypotheses that are combined by our algorithm is the smallest number possible. Other outcomes of our analysis are results regarding the representational power of threshold circuits, the relation between learnability and compression, and a method for parallelizing PAC learning algorithms. We provide extensions of our algorithms to cases in which the conc...
Adaptive Filters for Continuous Queries over Distributed Data Streams
 In SIGMOD
, 2003
"... We consider an environment where distributed data sources continuously stream updates to a centralized processor that monitors continuous queries over the distributed data. Significant communication overhead is incurred in the presence of rapid update streams, and we propose a new technique fo ..."
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We consider an environment where distributed data sources continuously stream updates to a centralized processor that monitors continuous queries over the distributed data. Significant communication overhead is incurred in the presence of rapid update streams, and we propose a new technique for reducing the overhead. Users register continuous queries with precision requirements at the central stream processor, which installs filters at remote data sources. The filters adapt to changing conditions to minimize stream rates while guaranteeing that all continuous queries still receive the updates necessary to provide answers of adequate precision at all times. Our approach enables applications to trade precision for communication overhead at a fine granularity by individually adjusting the precision constraints of continuous queries over streams in a multiquery workload.
Complexity, Decidability and Undecidability Results for DomainIndependent Planning
 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
, 1995
"... In this paper, we examine how the complexity of domainindependent planning with STRIPSstyle operators depends on the nature of the planning operators. We show ..."
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In this paper, we examine how the complexity of domainindependent planning with STRIPSstyle operators depends on the nature of the planning operators. We show
Complexity Measures and Decision Tree Complexity: A Survey
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 2000
"... We discuss several complexity measures for Boolean functions: certificate complexity, sensitivity, block sensitivity, and the degree of a representing or approximating polynomial. We survey the relations and biggest gaps known between these measures, and show how they give bounds for the decision tr ..."
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We discuss several complexity measures for Boolean functions: certificate complexity, sensitivity, block sensitivity, and the degree of a representing or approximating polynomial. We survey the relations and biggest gaps known between these measures, and show how they give bounds for the decision tree complexity of Boolean functions on deterministic, randomized, and quantum computers. 1 Introduction Computational Complexity is the subfield of Theoretical Computer Science that aims to understand "how much" computation is necessary and sufficient to perform certain computational tasks. For example, given a computational problem it tries to establish tight upper and lower bounds on the length of the computation (or on other resources, like space). Unfortunately, for many, practically relevant, computational problems no tight bounds are known. An illustrative example is the well known P versus NP problem: for all NPcomplete problems the current upper and lower bounds lie exponentially ...
A Mathematica Version of Zeilberger's Algorithm for Proving Binomial Coefficient Identities
, 1993
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Adaptive precision setting for cached approximate values
 In Proc. ACM SIGMOD
, 2001
"... Caching approximate values instead of exact values presents an opportunity for performance gains in exchange for decreased precision. To maximize the performance improvement, cached approximations must be of appropriate precision: approximations that are too precise easily become invalid, requiring ..."
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Caching approximate values instead of exact values presents an opportunity for performance gains in exchange for decreased precision. To maximize the performance improvement, cached approximations must be of appropriate precision: approximations that are too precise easily become invalid, requiring frequent refreshing, while overly imprecise approximations are likely to be useless to applications, which must then bypass the cache. We present a parameterized algorithm for adjusting the precision of cached approximations adaptively to achieve the best performance as data values, precision requirements, or workload vary. We consider interval approximations to numeric values but our ideas can be extended to other kinds of data and approximations. Our algorithm strictly generalizes previous adaptive caching algorithms for exact copies: we can set parameters to require that all approximations be exact, in which case our algorithm dynamically chooses whether or not to cache each data value. We have implemented our algorithm and tested it on synthetic and realworld data. A number of experimental results are reported, showing the effectiveness of our algorithm at maximizing performance, and also showing that in the special case of exact caching our algorithm performs as well as previous algorithms. In cases where bounded imprecision is acceptable, our algorithm easily outperforms previous algorithms for exact caching. 1
Offering a PrecisionPerformance Tradeoff for Aggregation Queries over Replicated Data
, 2000
"... Strict consistency of replicated data is infeasible or not required by many distributed applications, so current systems often permit stale replication,inwhich cached copies of data values are allowed to become out of date. Queries over cached data return an answer quickly, but the stale answer ..."
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Strict consistency of replicated data is infeasible or not required by many distributed applications, so current systems often permit stale replication,inwhich cached copies of data values are allowed to become out of date. Queries over cached data return an answer quickly, but the stale answer may be unboundedly imprecise. Alternatively, queries over remote master data return a precise answer, but with potentially poor performance. To bridge the gap between these two extremes, we propose a new class of replication systems called TRAPP (Tradeoff in Replication Precision and Performance). TRAPP systems give each user finegrained control over the tradeoff between precision and performance: Caches store ranges that are guaranteed to bound the current data values, instead of storing stale exact values. Users supply a quantitative precision constraint along with each query. To answer a query, TRAPP systems automatically select a combination of locally cached bounds and exact master data stored remotely to deliver a bounded answer consisting of a range that is no wider than the specified precision constraint, that is guaranteed to contain the precise answer, and that is computed as quickly as possible. This paper defines the architecture of TRAPP replication systems and covers some mechanics of caching data ranges. It then focuses on queries with aggregation, presenting optimization algorithms for answering queries with precision constraints, and reporting on performance experiments that demonstrate the finegrained control of the precisionperformance tradeoff offered by TRAPP systems.
Introducing Global Constraints in CHIP
, 1994
"... The purpose of this paper is to show how the introduction of new primitive constraints (e.g. among, diffn, cycle) over finite domains in the constraint logic programming system CHIP result in finding very rapidly good solutions for a large class of difficult sequencing, scheduling, geometrical place ..."
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The purpose of this paper is to show how the introduction of new primitive constraints (e.g. among, diffn, cycle) over finite domains in the constraint logic programming system CHIP result in finding very rapidly good solutions for a large class of difficult sequencing, scheduling, geometrical placement and vehicle routing problems. The among constraint allows to specify sequencing constraints in a very concise way. For the first time, the diffn constraint allows to express and to solve directly multidimensional placement problems where one has to consider non overlapping constraints between ndimensional objects (e.g. rectangles, parallelepipeds). The cycle constraint makes possible to specify a wide range of graph partitioning problems that could not yet be expressed by using current constraint logic programming languages. One of the main advantage of all these new primitives is to take into account more globally a set of elementary constraints. Finally, we point out that all the previous primitive constraints enhance the power of the CHIP system significantly, allowing to solve real life problems that were not within reach of constraint technology before. 1
On the Complexity of BlocksWorld Planning
 Artificial Intelligence
, 1992
"... In this paper, we show that in the bestknown version of the blocks world (and several related versions), planning is difficult, in the sense that finding an optimal plan is NPhard. However, the NPhardness is not due to deletedcondition interactions, but instead due to a situation which we call a ..."
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In this paper, we show that in the bestknown version of the blocks world (and several related versions), planning is difficult, in the sense that finding an optimal plan is NPhard. However, the NPhardness is not due to deletedcondition interactions, but instead due to a situation which we call a deadlock. For problems that do not contain deadlocks, there is a simple hillclimbing strategy that can easily find an optimal plan, regardless of whether or not the problem contains any deletedcondition interactions. The above result is rather surprising, since one of the primary roles of the blocks world in the planning literature has been to provide examples of deletedcondition interactions such as creative destruction and Sussman's anomaly. However, we can explain why deadlocks are hard to handle in terms of a domainindependent goal interaction which we call an enablingcondition interaction, in which an action invoked to achieve one goal has a sideeffect of making it easier to achi...
Fast hierarchical importance sampling with blue noise properties
 ACM TRANSACTIONS ON GRAPHICS
, 2004
"... This paper presents a novel method for efficiently generating a good sampling pattern given an importance density over a 2D domain. A Penrose tiling is hierarchically subdivided creating a sufficiently large number of sample points. These points are numbered using the Fibonacci number system, and th ..."
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This paper presents a novel method for efficiently generating a good sampling pattern given an importance density over a 2D domain. A Penrose tiling is hierarchically subdivided creating a sufficiently large number of sample points. These points are numbered using the Fibonacci number system, and these numbers are used to threshold the samples against the local value of the importance density. Precomputed correction vectors, obtained using relaxation, are used to improve the spectral characteristics of the sampling pattern. The technique is deterministic and very fast; the sampling time grows linearly with the required number of samples. We illustrate our technique with importancebased environment mapping, but the technique is versatile enough to be used in a large variety of computer graphics applications, such as light transport calculations, digital halftoning, geometry processing, and various rendering techniques.