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Learning DNF by approximating inclusion-exclusion formulae

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2 Author(s)
Tarui, J. ; Dept. of Commun. & Syst., Univ. of Electro-Commun., Tokyo, Japan ; Tsukiji, T.

We analyze upper and lower bounds on size of Boolean conjunctions necessary and sufficient to approximate a given DNF formula by accuracy slightly better than 1/2 (here we define the size of a Boolean conjunction as the number of distinct variables on which it depends). Such an analysis determines the performance of a naive search algorithm that exhausts Boolean conjunctions in the order of their sizes. In fact, our analysis does not depend on kinds of symmetric functions to be exhausted: instead of conjunctions, counting either disjunctions, parity functions, majority functions, or even general symmetric functions, derives the same learning results from similar analyses

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Computational Complexity, 1999. Proceedings. Fourteenth Annual IEEE Conference on

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1999