On Active and Passive Testing

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On Active and Passive Testing
Given a property of Boolean functions, what is the minimum number of queries required to determine with high probability if an input function satisfies this property? This is a fundamental question in Property Testing, where traditionally the testing algorithm is allowed to pick its queries among the entire set of inputs. Balcan et al. have recently suggested to restrict the tester to take its queries from a smaller, typically random, subset of the inputs. This model is called active testing, in resemblance of active learning. Active testing gets more difficult as the size of the set we can query from decreases, and the extreme case is when it is exactly the number of queries we perform (so the algorithm actually has no choice). This is known as passive testing, or testing from random examples. In their paper, Balcan et al. have shown that active and passive testing of dictator functions is as hard as learning them, and requires Θ(log n) queries (unlike the classic model, in which i...
Noga Alon, Rani Hod, Amit Weinstein
Added 01 Apr 2016
Updated 01 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2016
Where CPC
Authors Noga Alon, Rani Hod, Amit Weinstein
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