Better Computers for Better People

PhD Thesis: Ph.D. thesis, technical report CMU-CS-01-132, 2001 |

On the surface, the three on-line machine learning problems analyzed in this thesis may seem unrelated. The first is an on-line investment strategy introduced by Tom Cover. We begin with a simple analysis that extends to the case of fixed-percentage transaction costs. We then describe an efficient implementation that runs in time polynomial in the number of stocks. The second problem is k-fold cross validation, a popular technique in machine learning for estimating the error of a learned hypothesis. We show that this is a valid technique by comparing it to the hold-out estimate. Finally, we discuss work towards a dynamically-optimal adaptive binary search tree algorithm.