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Exercises and Problems
Please comment on the chapter problems in terms of difficulty, clarity, and time demands. This information will help us and other instructors in choosing problems to assign in our classes.
Also, please comment on the exercises in terms of how useful they are in understanding the material.
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Exercise 1.10
Since this is a theory week, thought this might be a good time to explore Hoeffding a bit.
I understand c_1 and c_rand satisfy Hoeffding experimentally as described, but conceptually does c_rand satisfy Hoeffding? For example, suppose it is unknown whether each coin is fair (or that they are known to have varying fairness  e.g. c_1 is 50/50, c_2 is 40/60, etc.). Would each coin represent a separate 'bin' or would the random selection of a coin plus the ten flips represent the randomized selection condition for c_rand? Trying to understand if it's necessary for the coins to be identical. 
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Re: Exercise 1.10
While comparing the CoinFlip experiment with the BinModel
a) Sample size of the individual Bin is equal to the number of coin flips (N=10) b) Number of hypothesis is equal to number of coins (M=1000) but, the aspect of repeating the entire coinflip experiment large number of times (100,000) does not have any counterpart with the (Single or Multiple) BinModel. Is the purpose of repeating the coinflip experiment only to find the estimates of P[vmu>epsilon] without using the hoeffding inequality and then comparing it with the bound given by hoeffding ? Kindly clarify this point. Thanks. 
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Re: Exercise 1.10
On exercise 1.10 (c).. I'm getting confused on how to plot P[vu>e] as a function of e... I assumed the distribution is binomial right?

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Re: Exercise 1.10
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The definition and subsequent analysis makes the assumption that there is a single target function f which we are trying to approximate. Clearly, if there are multiple target functions then we don't satisfy the initial assumptions for using the learning algorithm. 
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Re: Exercises and Problems
Problem 1.4
WHAT I LIKED: This is an excellent problem, and a model one in my opinion for helping a student to understand material. It starts out easy, with a small data set  that, importantly, is usergenerated. Having to generate a data set  even one as simple as a linearly separable data set in 2 dimensions  goes a long way to helping understand how the Perceptron works and why it wouldn't work if the data were not linearly separable. We gradually progress to bigger data sets, all along the way plotting the data so that we can see what is happening. It is not only instructive but also quite exhilarating to see the results of the PLA (plotting both the target function and the hypothesis generated by the PLA) actually graphed out in front of you on a computer screen! I also thought that the progression to 10 dimensions only after working through the more easily visualized 2 dimensional examples is perfect. Finally, the histogram approach to understanding the computational complexity of the PLA was, I thought, genius. TIME SPENT: Overall I spent about 90 minutes on the problem, although a lot of that was spent documenting my code for future reference, and just general "prettying" of my plots and results; so I would guess that this problem can be completed comfortably in an hour, assuming knowledge of programming in a language where plotting is easy (I used Python, but Matlab/Octave would also be excellent examples for quickanddirty graphics programming of this type.) For someone with no programming experience, the problem would probably take much more time. CLARITY: I think the problem is exceptionally clear. DIFFICULTY: I thought the problem was relatively easy, but the Perceptron is a relatively easy concept so I think making it harder is neither necessary nor appropriate. For metrics purposes, on a 110 scale of difficulty I would give this a 3. 
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Re: Exercises and Problems
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Re: Exercises and Problems
Mr Lin, I am studying python language in order to complete Problem 1.4.
Would you please share the answer(code with python) to provide an example for me? Thanks. 
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