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Author Blum, Avrim ♦ Kalai, Adam ♦ Wasserman, Hal
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2003
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Computational learning theory ♦ Machine learning ♦ Statistical queries
Abstract We describe a slightly subexponential time algorithm for learning parity functions in the presence of random classification noise, a problem closely related to several cryptographic and coding problems. Our algorithm runs in polynomial time for the case of parity functions that depend on only the first $\textit{O}(log$ $\textit{n}$ log log $\textit{n})$ bits of input, which provides the first known instance of an efficient noise-tolerant algorithm for a concept class that is not learnable in the Statistical Query model of Kearns [1998]. Thus, we demonstrate that the set of problems learnable in the statistical query model is a strict subset of those problems learnable in the presence of noise in the PAC model.In coding-theory terms, what we give is a $poly(\textit{n})-time$ algorithm for decoding linear $\textit{k}$ × $\textit{n}$ codes in the presence of random noise for the case of $\textit{k}$ = $\textit{c}$ log $\textit{n}$ log log $\textit{n}$ for some $\textit{c}$ > 0. (The case of $\textit{k}$ = $\textit{O}(log$ $\textit{n})$ is trivial since one can just individually check each of the $2^{k}$ possible messages and choose the one that yields the closest codeword.)A natural extension of the statistical query model is to allow queries about statistical properties that involve $\textit{t}-tuples$ of examples, as opposed to just single examples. The second result of this article is to show that any class of functions learnable (strongly or weakly) with $\textit{t}-wise$ queries for $\textit{t}$ = $\textit{O}(log$ $\textit{n})$ is also weakly learnable with standard unary queries. Hence, this natural extension to the statistical query model does not increase the set of weakly learnable functions.
ISSN 00045411
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2003-07-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 1557735X
Journal Journal of the ACM (JACM)
Volume Number 50
Issue Number 4
Page Count 14
Starting Page 506
Ending Page 519


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