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Machine-Learning Research

AI Magazine

Machine-learning research has been making great progress in many directions. This article summarizes four of these directions and discusses some current open problems. The four directions are (1) the improvement of classification accuracy by learning ensembles of classifiers, (2) methods for scaling up supervised learning algorithms, (3) reinforcement learning, and (4) the learning of complex stochastic models.



Multi-label classification search space in the MEKA software

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

This technical report describes the multi-label classification (MLC) search space in the MEKA software, including the traditional/meta MLC algorithms, and the traditional/meta/pre-processing single-label classification (SLC) algorithms. The SLC search space is also studied because is part of MLC search space as several methods use problem transformation methods to create a solution (i.e., a classifier) for a MLC problem. This was done in order to understand better the MLC algorithms. Finally, we propose a grammar that formally expresses this understatement.


A New Approach in Persian Handwritten Letters Recognition Using Error Correcting Output Coding

arXiv.org Machine Learning

Classification Ensemble, which uses the weighed polling of outputs, is the art of combining a set of basic classifiers for generating high-performance, robust and more stable results. This study aims to improve the results of identifying the Persian handwritten letters using Error Correcting Output Coding (ECOC) ensemble method. Furthermore, the feature selection is used to reduce the costs of errors in our proposed method. ECOC is a method for decomposing a multi-way classification problem into many binary classification tasks; and then combining the results of the subtasks into a hypothesized solution to the original problem. Firstly, the image features are extracted by Principal Components Analysis (PCA). After that, ECOC is used for identification the Persian handwritten letters which it uses Support Vector Machine (SVM) as the base classifier. The empirical results of applying this ensemble method using 10 real-world data sets of Persian handwritten letters indicate that this method has better results in identifying the Persian handwritten letters than other ensemble methods and also single classifications. Moreover, by testing a number of different features, this paper found that we can reduce the additional cost in feature selection stage by using this method.


Boosting Decision Trees

Neural Information Processing Systems

We introduce a constructive, incremental learning system for regression problems that models data by means of locally linear experts. In contrast to other approaches, the experts are trained independently and do not compete for data during learning. Only when a prediction for a query is required do the experts cooperate by blending their individual predictions. Eachexpert is trained by minimizing a penalized local cross validation errorusing second order methods. In this way, an expert is able to find a local distance metric by adjusting the size and shape of the receptive fieldin which its predictions are valid, and also to detect relevant input features by adjusting its bias on the importance of individual input dimensions. We derive asymptotic results for our method. In a variety of simulations the properties of the algorithm are demonstrated with respect to interference, learning speed, prediction accuracy, feature detection, and task oriented incremental learning.