PASCAL - Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning

The trade-off between generative and discriminative classifiers
Guillaume Bouchard and William Triggs
In: CompStat 2004, 23-27 August 2004, Prague.


Given any generative classifier based on an inexact density model, we can define a discriminative counterpart that reduces its asymptotic error rate. We introduce a family of classifiers that interpolate the two approaches, thus providing a new way to compare them and giving an estimation procedure whose classification performance is well balanced between the bias of generative classifiers and the variance of discriminative ones. We show that an intermediate trade-off between the two strategies is often preferable, both theoretically and in experiments on real data.

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EPrint Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Subjects:Theory & Algorithms
ID Code:803
Deposited By:William Triggs
Deposited On:30 December 2004