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Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Computer Science

First Advisor

Vasant Honavar


Machine learning approaches offer some of the most successful techniques for constructing predictive models from data. However, applying such techniques in practice requires overcoming several challenges: infeasibility of centralized access to the data because of the massive size of some of the data sets that often exceeds the size of memory available to the learner, distributed nature of data, access restrictions, data fragmentation, semantic disparities between the data sources, and data sources that evolve spatially or temporally (e.g. data streams and genomic data sources in which new data is being submitted continuously). Learning using statistical queries and semantic correspondences that present a unified view of disparate data sources to the learner offer a powerful general framework for addressing some of these challenges.

Against this background, this thesis describes (1) approaches to deal with missing values in the statistical query based algorithms for building predictors (Nayve Bayes and decision trees) and the techniques to minimize the number of required queries in such a setting. (2) Sufficient statistics based algorithms for constructing and updating sequence classifiers. (3) Reduction of several aspects of learning from semantically disparate data sources (such as (a) how errors in mappings affect the accuracy of the learned model and (b) how to choose an optimal mapping from among a set of alternative expert-supplied or automatically generated mappings) to the well-studied problems of domain adaptation and learning in presence of noise and (4) a software for learning predictive models from semantically disparate data.


Copyright Owner

Neeraj Koul



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147 pages