The Optimistic Method for Model Estimation
We present the method of optimistic estimation, a novel paradigm that seeks to incorporate robustness to errors-in-variables biases directly into the estimation objective function. This approach protects parameter estimates in statistical models from data set corruption. We apply the optimistic paradigm to estimation of linear regression, logistic regression, and Ising graphical models in the presence of noise and demonstrate that more accurate predictions of the model parameters can be obtained.
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