Active Learning and Best-Response Dynamics [article]

Maria-Florina Balcan, Chris Berlind, Avrim Blum, Emma Cohen, Kaushik Patnaik, Le Song
2014 arXiv   pre-print
We examine an important setting for engineered systems in which low-power distributed sensors are each making highly noisy measurements of some unknown target function. A center wants to accurately learn this function by querying a small number of sensors, which ordinarily would be impossible due to the high noise rate. The question we address is whether local communication among sensors, together with natural best-response dynamics in an appropriately-defined game, can denoise the system
more » ... t destroying the true signal and allow the center to succeed from only a small number of active queries. By using techniques from game theory and empirical processes, we prove positive (and negative) results on the denoising power of several natural dynamics. We then show experimentally that when combined with recent agnostic active learning algorithms, this process can achieve low error from very few queries, performing substantially better than active or passive learning without these denoising dynamics as well as passive learning with denoising.
arXiv:1406.6633v1 fatcat:nnrxkqjryzgbzjjz7oevtcfemq