Worst-Case Absolute Loss Bounds for Linear Learning Algorithms

Tom Bylander

The absolute loss is the absolute difference between the desired and predicted outcome. I demonstrate worst-case upper bounds on the absolute loss for the perceptron algorithm and an exponentiated update algorithm related to the Weighted Majority algorithm. The bounds characterize the behavior of the algorithms over any sequence of trials, where each trial consists of an example and a desired outcome interval (any value in the interval is an acceptable outcome). The worstcase absolute loss of both algorithms is bounded by: the absolute loss of the best linear function in the comparison class, plus a constant dependent on the initial weight vector, plus a per-trial loss. The per-trial loss can be eliminated if the learning algorithm is allowed a tolerance from the desired outcome. For concept learning, the worst-case bounds lead to mistake bounds that are comparable to previous results.

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