Learning Theory

An Approximation Theory Viewpoint

Learning Theory

The goal of learning theory is to approximate a function from sample values. To attain this goal learning theory draws on a variety of diverse subjects, specifically statistics, approximation theory, and algorithmics. Ideas from all these areas blended to form a subject whose many successful applications have triggered a rapid growth during the last two decades. This is the first book to give a general overview of the theoretical foundations of the subject emphasizing the approximation theory, while still giving a balanced overview. It is based on courses taught by the authors, and is reasonably self-contained so will appeal to a broad spectrum of researchers in learning theory and adjacent fields. It will also serve as an introduction for graduate students and others entering the field, who wish to see how the problems raised in learning theory relate to other disciplines.


 Reviews:

"... an excellent monograph on the subject. A major novelty is the focus on the point of view of approximation. This distinguishes the book from the majority of previous works on learning theory, which share a prevalent statistics/computer science flavor. As to the organization and the style of presentation, I cannot imagine a better balance between clarity and conciseness than the one achieved in this book."
Marcello Sanguineti, Mathematical Reviews

'… the book under review focuses on the mathematical foundations of learning theory. It is an excellent monograph on the subject. A major novelty is the focus on the point of view of approximation. This distinguishes the book from the majority of previous works on learning theory, which share a prevalent statistics/computer science flavor. However, this doesn't mean at all that the monograph is written only for 'approximation people'. On the contrary, it nicely provides a general overview of the theoretical foundations of the subject also to a broad spectrum of researchers in learning and related fields.' Mathematical Reviews

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