Maria-Florina F Balcan, Shai Ben-David, Avrim Blum, Kristiaan Pelckmans, John S Shawe-Taylor

Georgia Tech; University of Waterloo; Carnegie Mellon University; Uppsala University; University College London

New Challanges in Theoretical Machine Learning: Data Dependent Concept Spaces

7:30am – 6:30pm Friday, December 12, 2008

Hilton: Sutcliffe A

This workshop aims at collecting theoretical insights in the design of data-dependent learning strategies. Specifically we are interested in how far learned prediction rules may be characterized in terms of the observations themselves. This amounts to capturing how well data can be used to construct structured hypothesis spaces for risk minimization strategies - termed empirical hypothesis spaces. Classical analysis of learning algorithms requires the user to define a proper hypothesis space before seeing the data. In practice however, one often decides on the proper learning strategy or the form of the prediction rules of interest after inspection of the data. This theoretical gap constitutes exactly the scope of this workshop.