2013 IEEE 54th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (2002)

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Nov. 16, 2002 to Nov. 19, 2002

ISSN: 0272-5428

ISBN: 0-7695-1822-2

pp: 177

Rocco A. Servedio , Harvard University

Adam R. Klivans , Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ryan O?Donnell , Massachusetts Institute of Technology

ABSTRACT

We give the first polynomial time algorithm to learn any function of a constant number of halfspaces under the uniform distribution to within any constant error parameter. We also give the first quasipolynomial time algorithm for learning any function of a polylog number of polynomial-weight halfspaces under any distribution. As special cases of these results we obtain algorithms for learning intersections and thresholds of halfspaces. Our uniform distribution learning algorithms involve a novel non-geometric approach to learning halfspaces; we use Fourier techniques together with a careful analysis of the noise sensitivity of functions of halfspaces. Our algorithms for learning under any distribution use techniques from real approximation theory to construct low degree polynomial threshold functions.

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CITATION

Rocco A. Servedio,
Adam R. Klivans,
Ryan O?Donnell,
"Learning Intersections and Thresholds of Halfspaces",

*2013 IEEE 54th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science*, vol. 00, no. , pp. 177, 2002, doi:10.1109/SFCS.2002.1181894