Section: New Results
Learning from Non-iid Data
In  we deal with the generalization ability of classifiers trained from non-iid evolutionary-related data in which all training and testing examples correspond to leaves of a phylogenetic tree. For the realizable case, we prove PAC-type upper and lower bounds based on symmetries and matchings in such trees.
In , we studied learning problems where the performance criterion consists of an average over tuples (e.g., pairs or triplets) of observations rather than over individual observations, as in many learning problems involving networked data (e.g., link prediction), but also in metric learning and ranking. In this setting, the empirical risk to be optimized takes the form of a U-statistic, and its terms are highly dependent and thus violate the classic i.i.d. assumption. From a computational perspective, the calculation of such statistics is highly expensive even for a moderate sample size , as it requires averaging terms. We show that, strikingly, such empirical risks can be replaced by drastically computationally simpler Monte-Carlo estimates based on terms only, usually referred to as incomplete U-statistics, without damaging the learning rate of Empirical Risk Minimization (ERM) procedures. For this purpose, we establish uniform deviation results describing the error made when approximating a U-process by its incomplete version under appropriate complexity assumptions. Extensions to model selection, fast rate situations and various sampling techniques are also considered , as well as an application to stochastic gradient descent for ERM. Finally, numerical examples are displayed in order to provide strong empirical evidence that the approach we promote largely surpasses more naive subsampling techniques.