By Alexander J. Smola, Peter Bartlett, Bernhard Schölkopf, Dale Schuurmans

The idea that of huge margins is a unifying precept for the research of many alternative methods to the category of knowledge from examples, together with boosting, mathematical programming, neural networks, and help vector machines. the truth that it's the margin, or self assurance point, of a classification--that is, a scale parameter--rather than a uncooked education errors that concerns has develop into a key device for facing classifiers. This e-book indicates how this concept applies to either the theoretical research and the layout of algorithms.The booklet offers an summary of modern advancements in huge margin classifiers, examines connections with different equipment (e.g., Bayesian inference), and identifies strengths and weaknesses of the tactic, in addition to instructions for destiny learn. one of the participants are Manfred Opper, Vladimir Vapnik, and beauty Wahba.

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The algorithm L aims to minimize training error on X, Y, weighted according to D . 87) AdaBoost iteratively combines the classifiers returned by L. The idea behind Ad aBoost is to start with a uniform weighting over the training sample, and pro gressively adjust the weights to emphasize the examples that have been frequently misclassified by the classifiers returned by L. These classifiers are combined with convex coefficients that depend on their respective weighted errors. The following theorem shows that Adaboost produces a large margin classifier, provided L is suc cessful at finding classifiers with small weighted training error.