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Gradient Boosting Decision Tree

In the previous article, we've talked about AdaBoost which combines output of weak learners into a weighted sum that represents the final output of the boosted classifier. If you know little about AdaBoost or additive model, we highly recommend you read the article first. Gradient boosting is a machine learning technique for regression and classification problems, which produces a prediction model in the form of an ensemble of weak prediction models, typically decision trees. It builds the model in a stage-wise fashion like other boosting methods do, and it generalizes them by allowing optimization of an arbitrary differentiable loss function. Boosting Tree Boosting tree is based on additive model which can be repsentated as following: \(\begin{align}f_M(x) = \sum_{m=1}^{M} T(x; \theta_m)\end{align}\) where \(T(x; \theta_m)\)

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AdaBoost, short for "Adaptive Boosting", is a machine learning meta-algorithm formulated by Yoav Freund and Robert Schapire who won the Gödel Prize in 2003 for their work. The output of the other learning algorithms (weak learners) is combined into a weighted sum that represents the final output of the boosted classifier. AdaBoost is adaptive in the sense that subsequent weak learners are tweaked in favor of those instances misclassified by previous classifiers. AdaBoost is sensitive to noisy data and outliers and is quite robust to overfitting. Bagging vs. Boosting A too complex model (unpruned decision trees) have high variance but low bias whereas a too simple model (Weak learners like decision stumps) have high bias but low variance. To minimize…

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