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Advances in Minimum Description Length : Theory and Applications - Peter D. Grunwald

Advances in Minimum Description Length

Theory and Applications

By: Peter D. Grunwald (Editor), In Jae Myung (Editor), Mark A. Pitt (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2005
ISBN: 9780262072625
Number Of Pages: 372
For Ages: 18+ years old

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The process of inductive inference -- to infer general laws and principles from particular instances -- is the basis of statistical modeling, pattern recognition, and machine learning. The Minimum Descriptive Length (MDL) principle, a powerful method of inductive inference, holds that the best explanation, given a limited set of observed data, is the one that permits the greatest compression of the data -- that the more we are able to compress the data, the more we learn about the regularities underlying the data. Advances in Minimum Description Length is a sourcebook that will introduce the scientific community to the foundations of MDL, recent theoretical advances, and practical applications.The book begins with an extensive tutorial on MDL, covering its theoretical underpinnings, practical implications as well as its various interpretations, and its underlying philosophy. The tutorial includes a brief history of MDL -- from its roots in the notion of Kolmogorov complexity to the beginning of MDL proper. The book then presents recent theoretical advances, introducing modern MDL methods in a way that is accessible to readers from many different scientific fields. The book concludes with examples of how to apply MDL in research settings that range from bioinformatics and machine learning to psychology.

ISBN: 9780262072625
ISBN-10: 0262072629
Series: Neural Information Processing series
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 1st April 2005
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 20.3  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 1.13