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Old 05-31-2013, 01:44 PM
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What does "target distribution" mean exactly in the context of Q4 ? All other definitions are clear to me from the lectures & book, except this one.

In my understanding the target function is determined, fixed, and it has no 'probabilistic aspect', as maybe the 'distribution' term suggests.

I would like to know what 'Stochastic noise does not depend on the target distribution' means in detail ?
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:03 PM
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What does "target distribution" mean exactly in the context of Q4 ? All other definitions are clear to me from the lectures & book, except this one.

In my understanding the target function is determined, fixed, and it has no 'probabilistic aspect', as maybe the 'distribution' term suggests.

I would like to know what 'Stochastic noise does not depend on the target distribution' means in detail ?
The target distribution describes the situation with noisy targets, where it is no longer a function but a function plus noise that is described by a distribution P(y|{\bf x}). You can look at slide 16 of Lecture 4 for details (in the Machine Learning Video Library, the relevant segment is http://work.caltech.edu/library/044.html).
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Thank you for the clarification.
The sentence now does make sense to me, in the context of Q4.
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