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On Margins and Generalisation for Voting Classifiers


We study the generalisation properties of majority voting on finite ensembles of classifiers, proving margin-based generalisation bounds via the PAC-Bayes theory. These provide state-of-the-art guarantees on a number of classification tasks. Our central results leverage the Dirichlet posteriors studied recently by Zantedeschi et al. (2021) for training voting classifiers; in contrast to that work our bounds apply to non-randomised votes via the use of margins. Our contributions add perspective to the debate on the ``margins theory’’ proposed by Schapire et al. (1998) for the generalisation of ensemble classifiers.

Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS)
Valentina Zantedeschi
Valentina Zantedeschi
Research Scientist

Research Scientist at Human Decision Support located at Montreal, QC, Canada.