Conclusion: What is Important in Learning Theory?

  • Vladimir N. Vapnik


In the beginning of this book we postulated (without any discussion) that learning is a problem of function estimation on the basis of empirical data. To solve this problem we used a classical inductive principle — the ERM principle. Later, however, we introduced a new principle — the SRM principle. Nevertheless, the general understanding of the problem remains based on the statistics of large samples: the goal is to derive the rule that possesses the lowest risk. The goal of obtaining the “lowest risk” reflects the philosophy of large sample size statistics: the rule with low risk is good because if we use this rule for a large test set, with high probability, the means of losses will be small.


Growth Function Generalization Ability Empirical Risk Pattern Recognition Problem Inductive Principle 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vladimir N. Vapnik
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  1. 1.AT&T Bell LaboratoriesHolmdelUSA

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