One-Pass Boosting

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 20 (NIPS 2007)

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Zafer Barutcuoglu, Phil Long, Rocco Servedio


This paper studies boosting algorithms that make a single pass over a set of base classi(cid:2)ers. We (cid:2)rst analyze a one-pass algorithm in the setting of boosting with diverse base classi(cid:2)ers. Our guarantee is the same as the best proved for any boosting algo- rithm, but our one-pass algorithm is much faster than previous approaches. We next exhibit a random source of examples for which a (cid:147)picky(cid:148) variant of Ad- aBoost that skips poor base classi(cid:2)ers can outperform the standard AdaBoost al- gorithm, which uses every base classi(cid:2)er, by an exponential factor. Experiments with Reuters and synthetic data show that one-pass boosting can sub- stantially improve on the accuracy of Naive Bayes, and that picky boosting can sometimes lead to a further improvement in accuracy.