Anti-Learning

Posted in Science on September 17, 2008


Anti-Learning

The Biological domain poses new challenges for statistical learning. In the talk we shall analyze and theoretically explain some counter-intuitive experimental and theoretical findings that systematic reversal of classifier decisions can occur when switching from training to independent test data (the phenomenon of anti-learning). We demonstrate this on both natural and synthetic data and show that it is distinct from overfitting. The natural datasets discussed will include: prediction of response to chemo-radio-therapy for esophageal cancer from gene expression (measured by cDNA-microarrays); prediction of genes affecting the aryl hydrocarbon receptor pathway in yeast. The main synthetic classification problem will be the approximation of samples drawn from high dimensional distributions, for which a theoretical explanation will be outlined.

Author: Adam Kowalczyk, National Ict Australia

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