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CSP Seminar

Mixture proportion estimation

Clayton Scott

Associate Professor
University of Michigan, Department of EECS
Thursday, January 10, 2013
4:00pm - 5:00pm
1005 EECS

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About the Event

Mixture proportion estimation is the following statistical inference problem: given a random sample from a distribution $F$, and another random sample from a distribution $H$, find the largest value $\nu \in [0,1]$ such that $F = (1-\nu)G + \nu H$, for some distribution G. I will argue that mixture proportion estimation is a fundamental estimation task that arises naturally in several machine learning problems, and describe a universally consistent estimator. MPE is particularly relevant in pattern recognition problems where class label information is uncertain or missing, including anomaly detection, classification with label noise, classification with unknown class skew, classification with reject option, learning with partial labels, the two sample problem, multiple testing, change detection, and topic modeling. I will discuss as many of these problems as time permits.

Additional Information

Contact: Ann Pace

Phone: 763-5022


Sponsor(s): University of Michigan

Open to: Public

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