A PAC-Style Model for Learning from Labeled and Unlabeled Data

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A PAC-Style Model for Learning from Labeled and Unlabeled Data
Abstract. There has been growing interest in practice in using unlabeled data together with labeled data in machine learning, and a number of different approaches have been developed. However, the assumptions these methods are based on are often quite distinct and not captured by standard theoretical models. In this paper we describe a PAC-style framework that can be used to model many of these assumptions, and analyze sample-complexity issues in this setting: that is, how much of each type of data one should expect to need in order to learn well, and what are the basic quantities that these numbers depend on. Our model can be viewed as an extension of the standard PAC model, where in addition to a concept class C, one also proposes a type of compatibility that one believes the target concept should have with the underlying distribution. In this view, unlabeled data can be helpful because it allows one to estimate compatibility over the space of hypotheses, and reduce the size of the ...
Maria-Florina Balcan, Avrim Blum
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Type Conference
Year 2005
Where COLT
Authors Maria-Florina Balcan, Avrim Blum
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