Exercise 1.13 noisy targets
Exercise 1.13(a): what is the probability of error that h makes in approximating y if we use a noisy version of f. That means we want to compute Pr(h(x)~=y), and I consider two cases:
(1) h(x)=f(x) and f(x) != y; [(1\mu)*\(1\lambda)] (2) h(x)!=f(x) and f(x) = y. [\mu*\lambda] I am not sure the solution is right. My questions are follows: (i) Does "h makes an error with \mu in approximating a deterministic target function f" mean Pr(h(x) != f(x)) = \mu? (ii) Does the probability of Pr(h(x)~=y)=Pr(1)+Pr(2)? Exercise 1.13(b) : I am not clear what does "performance of h be independent of \mu" mean? Should I consider Pr(h(x)~=y)? thanks! 
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Thank you very much, professor.

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SO final Probability of error that h makes in approximating y would be:
1+2*lamda*mu mu lamda. if it should be independent of mu then lamda should be 1/2 1+2*1/2*mu mu lamda =1lamda =1/2 It think this should be correct answer. Is my understanding correct for second part of the question ? 
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Correct. :)

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Dear Professor,
What about the case h(x)!=f(x) and f(x) != y? Does it count on the probability of Pr(h(x)~=y)? Thanks. 
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The case you mention would lead to h(x) = y.

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Was wondering if the following intuitive approach works for part (b). It's as far as I'm getting thus far.
The question is asking, "What accuracy setting of f (in its prediction of noisy target y) would render h's accuracy (in its prediction of target distribution f) inconsequential?" If f got everything wrong, that is, lamb=0: h's ability to model f matters. The worse it does on f, the better it does on y. If f got everything right, that is, lamb=1: h's ability to model f matters. The better it does by f, the better it does on y. If f got 50%, that is, lamb=0.5: h's ability to model f would not matter. For this, considering the two remaining quartiles: If h modeled f 75% of the time, that's 75% of 50% and 25% of 50% = (.75*.5)+(.25*.5) = 0.5 If h modeled f 25% of the time, that's 25% of 50% and 75% of 50% = (.75*.5)+(.25*.5) = 0.5 General case: if h models f with probability (1mu), then h models y with probability (1mu)*0.5 + mu*0.5 = (1mu+mu)*0.5 = 0.5. 
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