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ai seminar: ruitong huang

  • University of Alberta 3-33 Computing Science Centre Edmonton, AB Canada (map)

"instance-dependent analysis of learning algorithms"

Abstract: Classical statistical learning theory uses probabilistic models to analyze the trade-off between the amount of data and the achievable accuracy of learning for a given problem. However, the resulting theory is both brittle (what if the assumptions are not met?) and can also be pessimistic as a result of theorists often focusing on obtaining worst-case guarantees. Contrary to this, practitioners find that learning algorithms often work outside of the scope of theoretical results. Can we refine learning theory to bridge this gap? In this talk an attempt will be made to demonstrate that this is possible by performing instance-dependent analysis in three quite different learning settings. One of the settings chosen is an unsupervised problem (independent component analysis), the second one is a least square problem, and the last one is an online linear prediction problem. Results will be given that explain in detail various earlier observed gaps between theory and practice. The broader claim is that with the approach presented, learning theory can successfully contribute beyond its usual boundaries, by providing refined performance bounds with little or no assumptions on data generation and eventually leading to better algorithms.


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