Preconditioning an artificial neural network using Naive Bayes

Nayyar A. Zaidi, François Petitjean, Geoff I. Webb

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    Logistic Regression (LR) is a workhorse of the statistics community and a state-of-the-art machine learning classifier. It learns a linear model from inputs to outputs trained by optimizing the Conditional Log-Likelihood (CLL) of the data. Recently, it has been shown that preconditioning LR using a Naive Bayes (NB) model speeds up LR learning many-fold. One can, however, train a linear model by optimizing the mean-square-error (MSE) instead of CLL. This leads to an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) with no hidden layer. In this work, we study the effect of NB preconditioning on such an ANN classifier. Optimizing MSE instead of CLL may lead to a lower bias classifier and hence result in better performance on big datasets. We show that this NB preconditioning can speed-up convergence significantly. We also show that optimizing a linear model with MSE leads to a lower bias classifier than optimizing with CLL. We also compare the performance to state-of-the-art classifier Random Forest.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
    Subtitle of host publication20th Pacific-Asia Conference, PAKDD 2016, Auckland, New Zealand, April 19-22, Proceedings, Part I
    EditorsJames Bailey, Latifur Khan, Takashi Washio, Gillian Dobbie, Joshua Zhexue Huang
    Place of PublicationSwitzerland
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319317533
    ISBN (Print)9783319317526
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventPacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining 2016 - Auckland, New Zealand
    Duration: 19 Apr 201622 Apr 2016
    Conference number: 20th (Proceedings)

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (Subseries of Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    ConferencePacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining 2016
    Abbreviated titlePAKDD 2016
    Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
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    • Artificial neural networks
    • Conditional loglikelihood
    • Logistic regression
    • Mean-square-error
    • Preconditioning
    • WANBIA-C

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