An Approximation Theory Viewpoint
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The goal of learning theory is to approximate a function from sample values. To attain this goal learning theory draws on a variety of diverse subjects, specifically statistics, approximation theory, and algorithmics. Ideas from all these areas blended to form a subject whose many successful applications have triggered a rapid growth during the last two decades. This is the first book to give a general overview of the theoretical foundations of the subject emphasizing the approximation theory, while still giving a balanced overview. It is based on courses taught by the authors, and is reasonably self-contained so will appeal to a broad spectrum of researchers in learning theory and adjacent fields. It will also serve as an introduction for graduate students and others entering the field, who wish to see how the problems raised in learning theory relate to other disciplines.Read more
- Balanced view, with rigorous approach to issues of practical importance
- First book to adopt the approximation theory viewpoint
- Will appeal to mathematicians as well as statisticians and computer scientists
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"... an excellent monograph on the subject. A major novelty is the focus on the point of view of approximation. This distinguishes the book from the majority of previous works on learning theory, which share a prevalent statistics/computer science flavor. As to the organization and the style of presentation, I cannot imagine a better balance between clarity and conciseness than the one achieved in this book."
Marcello Sanguineti, Mathematical Reviews
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- Date Published: March 2007
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511271663
- contains: 20 b/w illus.
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. The framework of learning
2. Basic hypothesis spaces
3. Estimating the sample error
4. Polynomial decay approximation error
5. Estimating covering numbers
6. Logarithmic decay approximation error
7. On the bias-variance problem
9. Support vector machines for classification
10. General regularized classifiers
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