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Learning without Concentration

Learning without Concentration

This video was recorded at 27th Annual Conference on Learning Theory (COLT), Barcelona 2014. We obtain sharp bounds on the convergence rate of Empirical Risk Minimization performed in a convex class and with respect to the squared loss, without any boundedness assumptions on class members or on the target. Rather than resorting to a concentration-based argument, the method relies on a 'small-ball' assumption and thus holds for heavy-tailed sampling and heavy-tailed targets. Moreover, the resulting estimates scale correctly with the 'noise level' of the problem. When applied to the classical, bounded scenario, the method always improves the known estimates.
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