Learning, compression, and leakage: Minimizing classification error via meta-universal compression principles


Learning and compression are driven by the common aim of identifying and exploiting statistical regularities in data, which opens the door for fertile collaboration between these areas. A promising group of compression techniques for learning scenarios is normalised maximum likelihood (NML) coding, which provides strong guarantees for compression of small datasets-in contrast with more popular estimators whose guarantees hold only in the asymptotic limit. Here we put forward a novel NML-based decision strategy for supervised classification problems, and show that it attains heuristic PAC learning when applied to a wide variety of models. Furthermore, we show that the misclassification rate of our method is upper bounded by the maximal leakage, a recently proposed metric to quantify the potential of data leakage in privacy-sensitive scenarios.

Information Theory Workshop
Pedro Mediano
Pedro Mediano
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Computational neuroscientist interested in synergy, information theory, and complexity.