Theory Lunch Seminar

Machine Learning Department
Carnegie Mellon University
Learning Halfspaces with Noise
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Gates&Hillman Centers

We study the problem of learning halfspaces in the malicious noise model of Valiant. In this model, an adversary can corrupt an η fraction of both the label part and the feature part of an example. We design a polynomial-time algorithm for learning halfspaces in ℜd under the uniform distribution with near information-theoretic optimal noise tolerance. Our results also imply the first active learning algorithm for learning halfspaces that can handle malicious noise.

Joint work with Nina Balcan and Phil Long.

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