Optimal Rates for Regularization Operators in Learning Theory

Unknown author (2006-09-10)

We develop some new error bounds for learning algorithms induced by regularization methods in the regression setting. The "hardness" of the problem is characterized in terms of the parameters r and s, the first related to the "complexity" of the target function, the second connected to the effective dimension of the marginal probability measure over the input space. We show, extending previous results, that by a suitable choice of the regularization parameter as a function of the number of the available examples, it is possible attain the optimal minimax rates of convergence for the expected squared loss of the estimators, over the family of priors fulfilling the constraint r + s > 1/2. The setting considers both labelled and unlabelled examples, the latter being crucial for the optimality results on the priors in the range r < 1/2.