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Neural Computation

February 15, 1999, Vol. 11, No. 2, Pages 483-497
(doi: 10.1162/089976699300016737)
© 1999 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Boosted Mixture of Experts: An Ensemble Learning Scheme
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Abstract

We present a new supervised learning procedure for ensemble machines, in which outputs of predictors, trained on different distributions, are combined by a dynamic classifier combination model. This procedure may be viewed as either a version of mixture of experts (Jacobs, Jordan, Nowlan, & Hinton, 1991), applied to classification, or a variant of the boosting algorithm (Schapire, 1990). As a variant of the mixture of experts, it can be made appropriate for general classification and regression problems by initializing the partition of the data set to different experts in a boostlike manner. If viewed as a variant of the boosting algorithm, its main gain is the use of a dynamic combination model for the outputs of the networks. Results are demonstrated on a synthetic example and a digit recognition task from the NIST database and compared with classical ensemble approaches.