Boosting based on divide and merge

Eiji Takimoto, Syuhei Koya, Akira Maruoka

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InfoBoost is a boosting algorithm that improves the performance of the master hypothesis whenever each weak hypothesis brings non-zero mutual information about the target. We give a somewhat surprising observation that InfoBoost can be viewed as an algorithm for growing a branching program that divides and merges the domain repeatedly. We generalize the merging process and propose a new class of boosting algorithms called BP.InfoBoost with various merging schema. BP.InfoBoost assigns to each node a weight as well as a weak hypothesis and the master hypothesis is a threshold function of the sum of the weights over the path induced by a given instance. InfoBoost is a BP.InfoBoost with an extreme scheme that merges all nodes in each round. The other extreme that merges no nodes yields an algorithm for growing a decision tree. We call this particular version DT.InfoBoost. We give an evidence that DT.InfoBoost improves the master hypothesis very efficiently, but it has a risk of overfitting because the size of the master hypothesis may grow exponentially. We propose a merging scheme between these extremes that improves the master hypothesis nearly as fast as the one without merge while keeping the branching program in a moderate size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-141
Number of pages15
JournalLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (Subseries of Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event15th International Conference ALT 2004: Algorithmic Learning Theory - Padova, Italy
Duration: Oct 2 2004Oct 5 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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