## Abstract

The performance of on-line algorithms for learning dichotomies is studied. In on-line learning, the number of examples P is equivalent to the learning time, since each example is presented only once. The learning curve, or generalization error as a function of P, depends on the schedule at which the learning rate is lowered. For a target that is a perceptron rule, the learning curve of the perceptron algorithm can decrease as fast as P^{-1}, if the schedule is optimized. If the target is not realizable by a perceptron, the perceptron algorithm does not generally converge to the solution with lowest generalization error. For the case of unrealizability due to a simple output noise, we propose a new on-line algorithm for a perceptron yielding a learning curve that can approach the optimal generalization error as fast as P^{-1/2}. We then generalize the perceptron algorithm to any class of thresholded smooth functions learning a target from that class.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages | 303-310 |

Number of pages | 8 |

State | Published - 1994 |

Event | 7th International Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, NIPS 1994 - Denver, United States Duration: Jan 1 1994 → Jan 1 1994 |

### Conference

Conference | 7th International Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, NIPS 1994 |
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Country/Territory | United States |

City | Denver |

Period | 1/1/94 → 1/1/94 |

## All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Information Systems
- Signal Processing
- Computer Networks and Communications