Noga Alon: PAC Learnability of partial concept classes

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Noga Alon, Tel Aviv University

We extend the classical theory of PAC learning in a way which allows to
model a rich variety of practical learning tasks where the data
satisfies special properties that ease the learning process. This is done
by considering partial concepts: functions that can be undefined on
certain parts of the space, providing a natural way to
express assumptions on the data such as satisfying margin conditions.
We characterize PAC learnability of partial concept
classes and reveal an algorithmic landscape which is fundamentally
different than the classical one. We also show that there are
easy-to-learn partial concept classes which provably cannot be
captured by the traditional PAC theory, resolving in a strong
sense a recent problem of Attias, Kontorovich and Mansour.

Joint work with Steve Hanneke, Ron Holzman and Shay Moran.