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A Markovian extension of Valiant's learning model

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2 Author(s)
D. Aldous ; California Univ., Berkeley, CA, USA ; U. Vazirani

A model of learning that expands on the Valiant model is introduced. The point of departure from the Valiant model is that the learner is placed in a Markovian environment. The environment of the learner is a (exponentially large) graph, and the examples reside on the vertices of the graph, one example on each vertex. The learner obtains the examples while performing a random walk on the graph. At each step, the learning algorithm guesses the classification of the example on the current vertex using its current hypothesis. If its guess is incorrect, the learning algorithm updates its current working hypothesis. The performance of the learning algorithm in a given environment is judged by the expected number of mistakes made as a function of the number of steps in the random walk. The predictive value of Occam algorithms under this weaker probabilistic model of the learner's environment is studied

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Foundations of Computer Science, 1990. Proceedings., 31st Annual Symposium on

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22-24 Oct 1990