PASCAL - Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning

Ensemble Learning
Gavin Brown
In: Encyclopedia of Machine Learning (2009) Springer . ISBN 0387307680


Ensemble Learning refers to the procedures employed to train multiple learning machines and combine their outputs, treating them as a "committee" of decision makers. The principle is that the committee decision, with individual predictions combined appropriately, should provide higher performance. Numerous empirical and theoretical studies have demonstrated that ensemble methods very often outperform single predictors. The members of the ensemble might be predicting real-valued numbers, class labels, posterior probabilities, rankings, clusterings, or any other quantity. The combination of their decisions can therefore be made with several alternatives, e.g. averaging, voting, probabilistic methods, and many others. The majority of ensemble learning methods are generic, and can be applied independently of the type of predictor used.

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EPrint Type:Book Section
Additional Information:Encyclopedia of Machine Learning, Due for publication 2010
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Subjects:Learning/Statistics & Optimisation
Theory & Algorithms
ID Code:4769
Deposited By:Gavin Brown
Deposited On:24 March 2009