[talks] Fwd: EE SEMINAR : Thursday September 18th, 4:30pm, E-Quad B205- Aryeh Kontorovich-Good Margins Make Good Neighbors
Jennifer Rexford
jrex at CS.Princeton.EDU
Wed Sep 10 10:45:05 EDT 2014
An EE seminar that may be of interest to folks in CS, too...
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> Date: September 10, 2014 at 10:29:06 AM EDT
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> Speaker: Dr. Aryeh Kontorovich
> Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
> Title: Good Margins Make Good Neighbors
> Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
> Time: 4:30 p.m.
> Room: E-Quad, B205
> Host: Prof. Sergio Verdu
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> Abstract: Although well-known by practitioners to be an effective classification tool, nearest-neighbor methods have been somewhat neglected by learning theory of late. The goal of this talk is to revive interest in this time-tested technique by recasting it in a modern perspective. We will present a paradigm of margin-regularized 1-nearest neighbor classification which: (i) is Bayes-consistent (ii) yields simple, usable finite-sample error bounds (iii) provides for very efficient algorithms with a principled speed-accuracy tradeoff (iv) allows for near-optimal sample compression. Further extensions include multiclass, regression, and metric dimensionality reduction. I will argue that the regularized 1-nearest neighbor is superior to k-nearest neighbors in several crucial statistical and computational aspects.
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> Based on a series of works with: Lee-Ad Gottlieb, Robert Krauthgamer, Roi Weiss
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> Bio: Aryeh Kontorovich received his undergraduate degree in mathematics with a certificate in applied mathematics from Princeton University in 2001. His M.Sc. and Ph.D. are from Carnegie Mellon University, where he graduated in 2007. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Weizmann Institute of Science, he joined the Computer Science department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in 2009 as an assistant professor; this is his current position. His research interests are mainly in machine learning, with a focus on probability, statistics, automata theory and metric spaces.
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