Learning Time-varying Concepts

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 3 (NIPS 1990)

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Anthony Kuh, Thomas Petsche, Ronald Rivest


This work extends computational learning theory to situations in which concepts vary over time, e.g., system identification of a time-varying plant. We have extended formal definitions of concepts and learning to provide a framework in which an algorithm can track a concept as it evolves over time. Given this framework and focusing on memory-based algorithms, we have derived some PAC-style sample complexity results that determine, for example, when tracking is feasible. We have also used a similar framework and focused on incremental tracking algorithms for which we have derived some bounds on the mistake or error rates for some specific concept classes.