Boosting is a process of finding & combining weakly predictive models into a strongly predictive model.

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Weak classifier with Naive Bayes

I am trying to train weak classifiers from a specific data set, so I can boost them later on(with Adaboost). I have tried using Naïve Bayes as a weak learner. Here D1 is the expected output. Since ...
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Consistency of values of coefficients ($\alpha$) in Adaboost

Based on the given set of data, Adaboost learns weights($\alpha$) corresponding to the weak classifiers. Now suppose that there is a huge chunk of data broken down into smaller parts, e.g: a total of ...
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When should I not use an ensemble classifier?

In general, in a classification problem where the goal is to accurately predict out-of-sample class membership, when should I not to use an ensemble classifier? This question is closely related to ...
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Scikit Binomial Deviance Loss Function

This is scikit GradientBoosting's binomial deviance loss function, ...
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How to use decision stump as weak learner in Adaboost?

I want to implement Adaboost using Decision Stump. Is it correct to make as many decision stump as our data set's features in each iteration of Adaboost? For example, if I have a data set with 24 ...
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When does it makes sense to use Cross Validation?

My understanding is that cross validation is about using different chunks of the training data to train the model and average out the error estimation so that the variance is less. For example, in ...
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How many iterations we have to perform in adaboost classification?

How many iterations we have to perform in adaboost classification? As the number of iteration increases error rate gradually reduces and sometimes classification accuracy goes upto 100% in both ...
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Where must we use Bagging or Boosting?

I want to know when Bagging is better than Boosting? How I select appropriate method for my classification task? I think when we have many outliers in our data-set, Bagging must be better than ...
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Reconciling boosted regression trees (BRT), generalized boosted models (GBM), and gradient boosting machine (GBM)

Questions: What is the difference(s) between boosted regression trees (BRT) and generalized boosted models (GBM)? Can they be used interchangeably? Is one a specific form of the other? Why did ...
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Random forest vs Adaboost

In section 7 of the paper Random Forests (Breiman, 1999), the author states the following conjecture: "Adaboost is a Random Forest". Has anyone proved, or disproved this? What has been done to prove ...
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Xgboost Regresion tree

I am building a boosted regression tree in R and I use the simple xgboost function from the package xgboost in R. ...
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Meaning of the Boosting algorithm for Regression Trees

I have a problem with understanding the concept of the Boosting Algorithm. ...
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out-of-bag error estimate for Boosted Trees

In Random Forest, each tree is grown in parallel on a unique boostrap sample of the data. Because each boostrap sample is expected to contain about 63% of unique observations, this lefts roughly 37% ...
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Huge overfitting with Random Forests and Boosted Trees?

In the following picture, the boxplots represent a performance metric (the closer to 1, the better) recorded for 50 runs of cross-validation, and the black filled circles are the training values of ...
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Are Random Forests and Boosting parametric or non-parametric?

From this excellent paper by Breiman, we can seize all the difference between traditional statistical models (e.g., linear regression) and machine learning algorithms (e.g., Bagging, Random Forests, ...
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Boosting Explained

I'm a newbie trying to learn Boosting. The examples I found online are quite confusing. Is there a simple tutorial somewhere that explains ...
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GradientBoostClassifier(sklearn) takes very long time to train

I'm using dataset with 61879 datapoints and 102 features. On this dataset Randomforest(sklearn) takes less than 90s to train for 100 estimators while GradientBoostClassifier(sklearn) is taking forever ...
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Skewed Classification Problem

So I've read around and seen this is a problem. I have a classification problem and 12 variables ... I'm working on getting more, but even if l get the number to 20-30 I feel like the problem will ...
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Meaning of `max_depth` in GradientBoostingClassifier in scikit-learn

when I use the GradientBoostingClassifier from scikit-learn, I find that there is a parameter max_depth to set, which controls the maximum depth of the regression ...
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How to choose a regression tree (base learner) at each iteration of Gradient Tree Boosting?

I'm trying to understand Gradient Tree Boosting, by following Prof. Friedman's original paper: Greedy Function Approximation: A Gradient Boosting Machine. Basically, at each iteration, a regression ...
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Why does the equation $ -\sum^{n}_{t=1} \tilde{W}(t)_{m-1} y_{t}h(x; \theta_{m}) = 2 \epsilon_m -1$ hold in boosting?

I was trying to understand the boosting algorithm as described by the MIT graduate class lectures notes on ocw. On page 2 they give the outline of boosting as follows: The step that is not clear ...
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Boosted trees and Variable Interactions

How can one see in a Boosted trees classification model, which variables interact with each other and how much? I would like to make use o this in R gbm package if possible
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Value of the loss function and Classification Errors in gbm package (R)

I have a simple problem of classification (0s and 1s) using adaboost loss function. When I check the components of a boosted model using the gbm package I see: ...
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why boosting method is sensitive to outliers

I found many articles showing that boosting methods are sensitive to outliers, but no article explains why. In my experience, I feel outliers data is bad for any machine learning algorithms, but why ...
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Alternative to AIC for feature selection in classification

I want to know what are the most common methods for feature selection in classification problems (binary and mutli-class). I see in Chapter 6 of Zumel and Mount that they use AIC before they train ...
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what is the difference between bagging and boosting in random forest?

I understand what is bagging and how it is applied to random forest. But how is bagging different from boosting. If boosting is different from bagging, how can boosting be applied to random forest?
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How are individual trees added together in boosted regression tree?

I'm reading Introduction to Statistical Learning, James, G., et al. (2013), in which they describe the Boosted Regression Tree algorithm as following. What I do not understand is Eq 8.10 and 8.11. ...
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Best machine learning methtod for classificating datasets with non-independent cases within the groups

I have to perform binary classification of my data with supervised machine learning, but I have some difficulties working with my data set. It consists many genetic mutations that have parameters ...
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AdaBoost over blackbox weak classifier

Can I somehow implement AdaBoost procedure over a weak classifier from another library? For example over SVM from libsvm, or over some neural network. The idea of AdaBoost is that current weights of ...
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Prediction interval based on cross-validation (CV)

In the text books and youtube lectures I learned a lot about iterative models such as boosting, but I never saw anything about deriving a prediction interval. Cross validation is used for the ...
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Combining multiple feature subsets through ensemble classification methods?

I have a set of $N$ samples to be classifies in a binary classification problem. I have extracted features from these samples from 4 different perspectives (views) of every samples. Hence I have 4 ...
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What is “fitted function” in the context of boosted regression tree?

I'm following the tutorial of package dismo's boosted regression tree, which produces two graphs, about fitted function and ...
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Incremental improvement for boosting

By adding additional factors, will the fitting result of a boosting algo (say Ada boosting) guaranteed to be improved? From my experiment, adding additional factors could make the prediction accuracy ...
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Posterior probabilities with decision trees or decision forests

Is there a way to get posterior probabilities $P(C | \vec{x})$ (probability that a data item $\vec{x}$ belong to one of the given classes) in a multiclass classification problem using decision trees ...
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For the given type of dataset, what would generally be the set of classifiers that should be tried to get the highest TPR for FPR = 0.01

I'm primarily looking to attain the maximum True Positive Rate for a small False positive Rate of say 0.01. The following is an instance: 1, 37.33, 228.39, 0, 77.060599, 0.073384, 0.052536, 1.389826, ...
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Why Adaboost with Decision Trees?

I've been reading a bit on boosting algorithms for classification tasks and Adaboost in particular. I understand that the purpose of Adaboost is to take several "weak learners" and, through a set of ...
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How to choose an appropriate maxdepth in rpart.conrol?

I'm using the boosting method in adabag library and trying to choose an appropriate maxdepth in rpart.control for building a 2-class classification model using my training dataset. I have noticed that ...
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How can I compare GBM feature importances to GBM partial dependence plots?

I am having trouble reconciling the difference between the indicated "importance" from a GBM that I am calculating with what is shown in the partial dependence plots. I would expect higher ...
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Different variable importance results with stabsel and mboost

I'm using glmboost in the mboost package to fit a boosted regression using linear models as the base learner. There are 13200 observations and about 75 variables, ...
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Parameter selection for GBM

I'm building a Gradient Boosting model. Given a dataset and event rate, is it possible to get a formula/ definitive strategy for the optimum number of trees, shrinkage parameter and depth of trees? I ...
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Combining features extracted from different parts of the same image

It is about car identification in images. I have an 64x64 image divided into 16 equal windows. I compute a HoG features algorithm in each one. And I am using the concatenation vector resulted from ...
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Would knowing the underlying distribution for our data affect how boosting searches for its predictor or how it minimizes the exponential loss?

Assume that the goal of Machine learning is to find a function that is able to minimize the generalization/expected/true error (assuming that the underlying distribution is fixed but unknown): $$E(f) ...
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Is multicollinearity a problem with gradient boosted trees (i.e. GBM)?

A question about multicollinearity for random forests has been asked and answered, but what about boosted trees?
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Has anyone publicly shared an implementation of RUSBoost in R?

There's no package available on CRAN, so I was hoping someone in the community had written their own function/package. I see it's been done in MATLAB, so I may just have to start with that and write ...
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Classifiers that support weighting of the instances

I'm thinking of implementing my own boosting algorithm, so I'm looking for any multiclass classfication algorithms that would support weighting of the examples, i.e. you could specify what examples ...
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Adaboost for neural networks. Is it still worth it?

I have a question about Adaboost and neural networks. Given the recent development in neural networks (dropout, maxout, or rectified linear units) is there a significant benefit of performing Adaboost ...
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Adaptive Boosting vs. SVM

I am working on a binary classification case and comparing the performance of different classifiers.Testing the performance of adaboost algorithm (with decision ...
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Why not always use ensemble learning?

It seems to me that ensemble learning WILL always give better predictive performance than with just a single learning hypothesis. So, why don't we use them all the time? My guess is because of ...
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Why should all Cross-Validation results be higher than the result on the test dataset?

Sorry, I'm not an expert and my question could be fundamentally wrong. I've read this interesting question because I also was wondering whether to train the model again after cross-validation. Now, ...
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How to extract the importance of predictors in Adaptive boosting?

I have trained a boosting classifier using ada package in R. Now I want to see the importance of my predictors in constructing ...