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Old 06-06-2012, 03:00 PM
ladybird2012 ladybird2012 is offline
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Default Question 14 - bias term

For Question 15 we implement the RBF model, and there is a bias term to be calculated. It seems to me that there are two ways of going about this:

1) use a similar logic to what we had for linear regression. This seems to be what is suggested on slide 15 of lecture 16 (RBF network slide).

2) in the RBF notes it's mentioned in the footnote on page 27 that the bias = mean(y).

I implemented both and get different values for the bias as well as for Eout. I was wondering if anyone had tried both methods and come up with consistent values (i.e., I have a bug that I haven't managed to find despite looking hard and long) or if there is a reason to pick one method over the other.

Also while I'm at it, shouldn't the last line of the footnote only refer to w since the centers are chosen in an unsupervised way?
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