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Do discriminative models overfit more than generative models?

In an interview, the interviewer said that discriminative models tend to overfit more than generative models because they solve a more complex problem and hence consume more resources (or parameters) ...
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What is a forward/inverse model?

The term forward model comes up a lot when reading about Bayesian modelling. I am yet to understand what exactly is the forward model? Is it the model that describes the output/observed variable and ...
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Generative Models: Bayesian statistics hw help

Can anyone shed some light on this problem. Not looking for you to write out the answer for me, just some helpful hints that will hopefully lead me in the right direction. Here is the question: ...
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Discriminative learning and generative learning

I'm wondering why in Generative learning algorithm, they try to maximize the probability $\prod_{i=1}^np(x^{(i)}, y^{(i)})$ While in Discriminative learning algorithm, it is $\prod_{i=1}^np(y^{(i)} ...
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Difference between probabilistic generative, discriminative models and “discriminant functions”?

I have been thoroughly confused by a bunch of online resources regarding this issue. I would really like a simple explanation about the differences between generative and discriminative approaches, ...
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Is there a more precise definition of generative models?

Intuitively, a generative model is one that we can generate good data from. What I'm looking for is a formal definition of "good data." For example, for any classification model I could generate ...
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Treating multiple Dichotomies combined?

Let's say I am interested in choosing a new country $c_1, \ldots, c_k$ to live in. For some reason I can only apply to one country and only once. I know for each country a set of 2000 observations ...
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Topic Words Selection in Topic Modeling

I understand how generative model of topic modeling works; for each topic there is a distribution of words, and for each document there is a distribution of topics. Question is how words are ...
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Difference and connection between generative learning, discriminative learning and max-margin learning

I once heard that, generative learning, discriminative learning and max-margin learning can be separated in terms of their respective definition of loss function. I am not sure how to achieve that?
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Generative modeling of a mix of continous and discrete variables

I'm trying to build a generative model to run a Monte Carlo simulation. The existing data consist of a combination of discrete and continuous variables. Suppose I have a number of people... ...
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Statistical model of a website

I know that HMMs can be used to construct statistical models of text. Thus, we can generate text according to this model, and compute the likelihood of a text sample under the model. What tools are ...
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Generative model that penalizes clumping of data

I'm interested in modeling a generative process that encourages data to be "evenly distributed" over its support, i.e. clumping of data points is penalized. For example, if I have a mixture ...
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Why are Gaussian “discriminant” analysis models called so?

Gaussian discriminant analysis models learn $P(x|y)$ and then apply Bayes rule to evaluate $$P(y|x) = \frac{P(x|y)P_{prior}(y)}{\Sigma_{g \in Y} P(x|g) P_{prior}(g) }.$$ Hence, they are generative ...
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Generative vs. discriminative

I know that generative means "based on $P(x,y)$" and discriminative means "based on $P(y|x)$," but I'm confused on several points: Wikipedia (+ many other hits on the web) classify things like SVMs ...
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Generative modelling: what if the generating models have very different “quality of fit”

Say I want to classify my data into two categories. I am pretty sure that my data has been generated by two mixtures of Gaussians -- on has a bimodal and one a trimodal form. I then train the ...
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The connection between Bayesian statistics and generative modeling

Can someone refer me to a good reference that explains the connection between Bayesian statistics and generative modeling techniques? Why do we usually use generative models with Bayesian techniques? ...