# Questions tagged [learning-theory]

For questions related to computational learning theory (or, in short, learning theory), which is a research subfield of artificial intelligence devoted to studying the design and mathematical analysis of machine learning algorithms. Computational learning theory (COLT) is largely concerned with computational and data efficiency. A seminal paper in COLT is Valiant's "A theory of the learnable" (1984).

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### Are there any rules of thumb for having some idea of what capacity a NN model needs to have for a given problem?

To give an example. Let's just consider the MNIST dataset of handwritten digits. Here are some things which might have an impact on the optimum model capacity: There are 10 output classes The inputs ...
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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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### How can neural networks approximate any continuous function but have $\mathcal{VC}$ dimension only proportional to their number of parameters?

Neural networks typically have $\mathcal{VC}$ dimension that is proportional to their number of parameters and inputs. For example, see the papers Vapnik-Chervonenkis dimension of recurrent neural ...
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### A model for each sub-problem vs one model for the whole problem

Let's say one wants to use a neural net to learn some function $g(x)$. Let's say that we know that $g$ is a combination of two functions (or two sub-problems), $g(x)=f_2(f_1(x))$, and that we have two ...
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### How do you distinguish between a complex and a simple model in machine learning?

How do you distinguish between a complex and a simple model in machine learning? Which parameters control the complexity or simplicity of a model? Is it the number of inputs, or maybe the number of ...
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### An infinite VC dimensional space vs using hierarchical subspaces of finite but growing VC dimensions

I have the following scenario. I have a binary classification problem, whose underlying function is a step function. The probability distribution of feature vectors is a uniform over the domain. Case ...
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### What are some resources on computational learning theory?

Pretty soon I will be finishing up Understanding Machine Learning: From Theory to Algorithms by Shai Ben-David and Shai Shalev-Shwartz. I absolutely love the subject and want to learn more, the only ...
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### What are the state-of-the-art results on the generalization ability of deep learning methods?

I've read a few classic papers on different architectures of deep CNNs used to solve varied image-related problems. I'm aware there's some paradox in how deep networks generalize well despite ...
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### How Dempster-Shafer theory work in AI?

How does Dempster-Shafer theory work in representing ignorance in AI field?
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### What are the learning limitations of neural networks trained with backpropagation?

In 1969, Seymour Papert and Marvin Minsky showed that Perceptrons could not learn the XOR function. This was solved by the backpropagation network with at least one hidden layer. This type of ...
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### Understanding the equation of the empirical error

The empirical error equation given in the book Understanding Machine Learning: From Theory to Algorithms is My intuition for this equation is: total wrong predictions divided by the total number of ...
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### What is the relation between the definition of learnability of Vapnik and Gold and learnability of neural networks?

Gold showed that a language can be learned only if it contains a finite set of sentences. We know that deep neural networks can implement any function. Does this contradict the Gold's result? What ...