Finding the rare cube

Shlomo Hoory, Oded Margalit

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In this paper we investigate the problem of active learning the partition of the n-dimensional hypercube into m cubes, where the i-th cube has color i. The model we are using is exact learning via color evaluation queries, without equivalence queries, as proposed by the work of Fine and Mansour. We give a randomized algorithm solving this problem in O(mlogn) expected number of queries, which is tight, while its expected running time is O(m 2 n logn). Furthermore, we generalize the problem to allow partitions of the cube into m monochromatic parts, where each part is the union of p cubes. We give two randomized algorithms for the generalized problem. The first uses O(m p 2 2 p logn) expected number of queries, which is almost tight with the lower bound. However, its naïve implementation requires an exponential running time in n. The second, more practical, algorithm achieves a better running time complexity of . However, it may fail to learn the correct partition with an arbitrarily small probability and it requires slightly more expected number of queries: , where the represents a poly logarithmic factor in m,n,2 p .

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-358
Number of pages15
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5254 LNAI
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event19th International Conference on Algorithmic Learning Theory, ALT 2008 - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 13 Oct 200816 Oct 2008


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