Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 12 (NIPS 1999)
Claude Nadeau, Yoshua Bengio
In order to to compare learning algorithms, experimental results reported in the machine learning litterature often use statistical tests of signifi(cid:173) cance. Unfortunately, most of these tests do not take into account the variability due to the choice of training set. We perform a theoretical investigation of the variance of the cross-validation estimate of the gen(cid:173) eralization error that takes into account the variability due to the choice of training sets. This allows us to propose two new ways to estimate this variance. We show, via simulations, that these new statistics perform well relative to the statistics considered by Dietterich (Dietterich, 1998).