For questions related to the bias-variance tradeoff, which is an important issue in machine learning.

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### Why is having low variance important in offline policy evaluation of reinforcement learning?

Intuitively, I understand that having an unbiased estimate of a policy is important because being biased just means that our estimate is distant from the truth value. However, I don't understand ...
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### What's the difference between estimation and approximation error?

I'm unable to find online, or understand from context - the difference between estimation error and approximation error in the context of machine learning (and, specifically, reinforcement learning). ...
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### What makes a machine learning algorithm a low variance one or a high variance one?

Some examples of low-variance machine learning algorithms include linear regression, linear discriminant analysis, and logistic regression. Examples of high-variance machine learning algorithms ...
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### How does Monte Carlo have high variance?

I was going through David Silver's lecture on reinforcement learning (lecture 4). At 51:22 he says that Monte Carlo (MC) methods have high variance and zero bias. I understand the zero bias part. It ...
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### What is the meaning of the words 'bias' and 'variance' in RL?

In reinforcement learning approaches, like temporal-difference (TD) learning or Monte Carlo methods, two of the metrics used to measure their performance are the bias and the variance. What do these ...
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### Is there a connection between the bias term in a linear regression model and the bias that can lead to under-fitting?

Here is a linear regression model $$y = mx + b,$$ where $b$ is known as $y$-intercept, but also known as the bias [1], $m$ is the slope, and $x$ is the feature vector. As I understood, in machine ...
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### What is the bias-variance trade-off in reinforcement learning?

I am watching DeepMind's video lecture series on reinforcement learning, and when I was watching the video of model-free RL, the instructor said the Monte Carlo methods have less bias than temporal-...
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### Why are large models necessary when we have a limited number of training examples?

In Goodfellow et al. book Deep Learning chapter 12.1.4 they write These large models learn some function $f(x)$, but do so using many more parameters than are necessary for the task. Their size is ...
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### How can I determine the bias and variance of a random forrest?

On this website https://scikit-learn.org/stable/modules/learning_curve.html, the authors are speaking about variance and bias and they give a simple example of how works in a linear model. How can I ...
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### Why don't ensembling, bagging and boosting help to improve accuracy of Naive bayes classifier?

You might think to apply some classifier combination techniques like ensembling, bagging and boosting but these methods would not help. Actually, “ensembling, boosting, bagging” won’t help since their ...
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### How is the bias caused by a max pooling layer overcome?

I have constructed a CNN that utilizes max-pooling layers. I have found with these layers that, should I remove them, my network performs ideally with every output and gradient at each layer having a ...
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### Do the variance and bias belong to the policy or value functions?

Recently, I read many papers on variance and bias. But I am still confused by the two notions, the variance or bias belongs to who? Policy or value? If the variance or bias is large or low, what ...