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Modeling UCS as a Mixture of Experts

Narayanan Edakunni, Tim Kovacs, Gavin Brown, James Marshall, Modeling UCS as a Mixture of Experts. Proceedings of the 2009 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO'09). ISBN 978-1-60558-325-9 , pp. 1187–1194. July 2009. PDF, 226 Kbytes.


We present a probabilistic formulation of UCS (a sUpervised Classifier System). UCS is shown to be a special case of mixture of experts where the experts are learned independently and later combined during prediction. In this work, we develop the links between the constituent components of UCS and a mixture of experts, thus lending UCS a strong analytical background. We find during our analysis that mixture of experts is a more generic formulation of UCS and possesses more generalization capability and flexibility than UCS, which is also verified using empirical evaluations. This is the first time that a simple probabilistic model has been proposed for UCS and we believe that this work will form a useful tool to analyse Learning Classifier Systems and gain useful insights into their working.

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