Friday, April 18, 2008

[Reading] Improved boosting algorithms using confidence-rated predictions

This paper completes the Adaboost algorithm. In this original Adaboost paper, only the basic concept, combining several weak classifiers into a strong classifier. In this paper, the authors present a more complete story of this technique. It shows that several parameters in Adaboost can be optimized to improve the overall performance. Also it shows several extensions of Adaboost to handle non-binary classification.

However, some of these extensions looks very natural and necessary. In my previous experiments, if the alpha is not optimized, the result of Adaboost can be very bad. Also, this paper is not the best one for the beginner like me...I find some on-line documents are better.

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