Poster
Unified Sample-Optimal Property Estimation in Near-Linear Time
Yi Hao · Alon Orlitsky

Thu Dec 12th 05:00 -- 07:00 PM @ East Exhibition Hall B + C #239
We consider the fundamental learning problem of estimating properties of distributions over large domains. Using a novel piecewise-polynomial approximation technique, we derive the first unified methodology for constructing sample- and time-efficient estimators for all sufficiently smooth, symmetric and non-symmetric, additive properties. This technique yields near-linear-time computable estimators whose approximation values are asymptotically optimal and highly-concentrated, resulting in the first: 1) estimators achieving the $\mathcal{O}(k/(\varepsilon^2\log k))$ min-max $\varepsilon$-error sample complexity for all $k$-symbol Lipschitz properties; 2) unified near-optimal differentially private estimators for a variety of properties; 3) unified estimator achieving optimal bias and near-optimal variance for five important properties; 4) near-optimal sample-complexity estimators for several important symmetric properties over both domain sizes and confidence levels.

Author Information

Yi Hao (University of California, San Diego)

Fifth-year Ph.D. student supervised by Prof. Alon Orlitsky at UC San Diego. Broadly interested in Machine Learning, Learning Theory, Algorithm Design, Symbolic and Numerical Optimization. Seeking a summer 2020 internship in Data Science and Machine Learning.

Alon Orlitsky (University of California, San Diego)

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