Date: 20 Sep 2002

Inductive Confidence Machines for Regression

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The existing methods of predicting with confidence give good accuracy and confidence values, but quite often are computationally inefficient. Some partial solutions have been suggested in the past. Both the original method and these solutions were based on transductive inference. In this paper we make a radical step of replacing transductive inference with inductive inference and define what we call the Inductive Confidence Machine (ICM); our main concern in this paper is the use of ICM in regression problems. The algorithm proposed in this paper is based on the Ridge Regression procedure (which is usually used for outputting bare predictions) and is much faster than the existing transductive techniques. The inductive approach described in this paper may be the only option available when dealing with large data sets.