There is a variant of boosting called gentleboost. How does gentle boosting differ from the better-known AdaBoost?

  • $\begingroup$ What other variants? It might be helpful to tighten up this question a little (more specificity). $\endgroup$
    – Shane
    Jul 20, 2010 at 16:03
  • $\begingroup$ Right; it is just one variant among others. $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Jul 20, 2010 at 17:11
  • $\begingroup$ OK, I'll ask for comparison to adaboost since that is perhaps the best known. $\endgroup$ Jul 20, 2010 at 19:24

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The second paper you cite seems to contain the answer to your question. To recap; mathematically, the main difference is in the shape of the loss function being used. Friedman, Hastie, and Tibshirani's loss function being easier to optimize at each iteration. –


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