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Old 08-07-2013, 10:48 AM
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Default Re: calculation 4.8 on p.139

I will try to reformulate the construction of Dval in such a way that the independence is patent, and then try to suggest where your confusion may be coming from.

Construction 1 of Dval: Randomly generate D. Randomly partition it into Dtrain (N-K points) and Dval (K points). Learn on Dtrain to obtain g^- and compute Eval of g^- using Dval. (This is the standard validation setting in the book.)

Construction 2 of Dval: Randomly generate N-K points to form Dtrain. Learn on Dtrain to obtain g^-. Now, randomly generate another K points to form Dval. Compute Eval of g^- using Dval.

It is patently clear in Construction 2 that we are computing Eout of g^-, essentially by definition of Eout. There is no difference between constructions 1 and 2 in terms of the Dtrain and Dval they produce (statistically). Randomly generating N points and splitting randomly into N-K and K points is statistically equivalent to first randomly generating N-K points and then another random K points. In construction 1 you generate both Dtrain and Dval at the begining, process Dtrain and then test on Dval. In construction 2, you only generate Dval after you processed Dtrain. But Dval still has the same statistical properties in both cases.

Now for where you may be getting subtly confused. It is true that the value of Eval will change based on what specific partition was selected, in part because g^- changes and in part because Dval also changes. This means that g^- depends on the partition. This is equivalently saying (in the construction 2 setting) that g^- depends on the particular Dtrain generated (no surprise there). However, g^- does not depend on the contents of Dval - if you change the data points in Dval, g^- will not change. The expectation in (4.8) is an expectation over the data points in Dval, and g^- does not depend on that (the partition is fixed and now we are looking at what points are in Dval).

Originally Posted by arapmv View Post

I have a question regarding the calculation (4.8) on p.139 in the book. The final hypothesis g^{-} depends, albeit indirectly, on the choice of the validation set \mathcal{D}_{val}. Indeed, by construction we train on the complement of \mathcal{D}_{val} in \mathcal{D}, which makes g^{-} dependent on the choice of \mathcal{D}_{val}. The derivation (4.8) appears to rely on the assumption that g^{-} is independent of \mathcal{D}_{val}.

Does anyone have any comments on this?
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