Compositional noisy-logical learning

Alan Yuille
Songfeng Zheng, Missouri State University


We describe a new method for learning the conditional probability distribution of a binary-valued variable from labelled training examples. Our proposed Compositional Noisy-Logical Learning (CNLL) approach learns a noisy-logical distribution in a compositional manner. CNLL is an alternative to the well-known AdaBoost algorithm which performs coordinate descent on an alternative error measure. We describe two CNLL algorithms and test their performance compared to AdaBoost on two types of problem: (i) noisy-logical data (such as noisy exclusive-or), and (ii) four standard datasets from the UCI repository. Our results show that we outperform AdaBoost while using significantly fewer weak classifiers, thereby giving a more transparent classifier suitable for knowledge extraction.