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Toward the frontiers of stacked generalization architecture for learning

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2007
Mertayak, Cüneyt
In pattern recognition, “bias-variance” trade-off is a challenging issue that the scientists has been working to get better generalization performances over the last decades. Among many learning methods, two-layered homogeneous stacked generalization has been reported to be successful in the literature, in different problem domains such as object recognition and image annotation. The aim of this work is two-folded. First, the problems of stacked generalization are attacked by a proposed novel architecture. Then, a set of success criteria for stacked generalization is studied. A serious drawback of stacked generalization architecture is the sensitivity to curse of dimensionality problem. In order to solve this problem, a new architecture named “unanimous decision” is designed. The performance of this architecture is shown to be comparably similar to two layered homogeneous stacked generalization architecture in low number of classes while it performs better than stacked generalization architecture in higher number of classes. Additionally, a new success criterion for two layered homogeneous stacked generalization architecture is proposed based on the individual properties of the used descriptors and it is verified in synthetic datasets.