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SSG Seminar Abstract

On the Consistency of Boosting Algorithms

Dr. Shie Mannor

Boosting is a general approach for constructing a complex classifier by an incremental procedure based on a sequence of so-called weak learners. While each weak learner is only able to do marginally (but consistently) better than random guessing, the composite classifier constructed often performs very well. In this talk we will present some results concerning the requirements needed to guarantee that the composite classifier is consistent - it ultimately attains the minimal (Bayes) error. While it is known that Boosting may not be consistent in general, we will concentrate on linear weak learners and provide geometrical conditions under which the Boosting classification algorithm is consistent.

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