Constructing Diverse Classifier Ensembles using Artificial Training Examples

Prem Melville, Raymond J. Mooney
2003 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence  
Ensemble methods like bagging and boosting that combine the decisions of multiple hypotheses are some of the strongest existing machine learning methods. The diversity of the members of an ensemble is known to be an important factor in determining its generalization error. This paper presents a new method for generating ensembles that directly constructs diverse hypotheses using additional artificially-constructed training examples. The technique is a simple, general metalearner that can use
more » ... strong learner as a base classifier to build diverse committees. Experimental results using decision-tree induction as a base learner demonstrate that this approach consistently achieves higher predictive accuracy than both the base classifier and bagging (whereas boosting can occasionally decrease accuracy), and also obtains higher accuracy than boosting early in the learning curve when training data is limited.
dblp:conf/ijcai/MelvilleM03 fatcat:fm4hnmpfznajllyza4htawan2q