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06-05-2013, 05:12 PM
 yaser Caltech Join Date: Aug 2009 Location: Pasadena, California, USA Posts: 1,478
Re: Clarification on the Radial Basis Function Problems

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 Originally Posted by Greg Robel Would someone please clarify for me the first guideline? "Repeat the experiment for as many runs as needed to get the answer to be stable (statistically away from flipping to the nearest competing answer)." Thanks!
Hi,

Due to the built-in randomness, you will get different values in different runs. If we express the value in each run as a mean plus noise, where the noise fluctuates around zero with variance, we need to estimate the mean reliably since this is the value we are after. We can do that by repeating the experiment for many (independent) runs and averaging. Now, because the question is multiple-choice, we only need to make sure that our estimate reliably tells us which of the given options is correct. The quoted guideline is meant to achieve that. If you do say 10,000 runs, you can estimate per run, conclude that the standard deviation of the average is and ensure that your answer is correct by checking that you are several standard deviations away from flipping to another of the multiple-choice options.
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