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Boosting as a Product of Experts

Narayanan Edakunni, Tim Kovacs, Gavin Brown, Boosting as a Product of Experts. Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence. Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Conference, pp. 187–194. July 2011. PDF, 307 Kbytes.


In this paper, we derive a novel probabilistic model of boosting as a Product of Experts. We re-derive the boosting algorithm as a greedy incremental model selection procedure which ensures that addition of new experts to the ensemble does not decrease the likelihood of the data. These learning rules lead to a generic boosting algorithm - POE-Boost which turns out to be similar to the AdaBoost algorithm under certain assumptions on the expert probabilities. The paper then extends the POEBoost algorithm to POEBoost.CS which handles hypothesis that produce probabilistic predictions. This new algorithm is shown to have better generalization performance compared to other state of the art algorithms.

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