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N. Nikolaou

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2015


Boosting for Probability Estimation & Cost-Sensitive Learning
Lecture on the work I carried out during my PhD and online extensions I am currently exploring. Versions of it were delivered in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens, the Department of Informatics of the Athens University of Economics and Business and the Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation of the Department of Informatics of the University of Edinburgh.

Asymmetric boosting algorithms: Do we really need them?
Lecture on my latest research delivered in the Research Symposium of the University of Manchester.

Cost-sensitive learning with AdaBoost
A brief introduction to cost-sensitive learning, followed by my latest research on cost-sensitive AdaBoost, delivered to the postgraduate class of COMP61011: Foundations of Machine Learning of the University of Manchester.

Optimal inductive inference and its approximations
Two-part talk on inductive inference delivered to the members of the Machine Learning and Optimization research group of the University of Manchester. We first gave an intuitive interpretation of Solomonoff Induction, an intractable formalization of optimal inductive inference which combines ideas from philosophy, computer science, statistics & information theory. We then saw how nature and machine learning overcome the ill-posedness of induction by introducing assumptions and settling for approximations. Concepts covered included: common assumptions, bias-variance tradeoff, inductive bias & the no-free-lunch theorems, the role of Occam's Razor and elements of statistical learning theory.

2014

Introduction to AdaBoost
Introductory lecture on AdaBoost delivered to the postgraduate class of COMP61011: Foundations of Machine Learning of the University of Manchester.