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The aim of this book is to discuss the fundamental ideas which lie behind the statistical theory of learning and generalization. It considers learning from the general point of view of function estimation based on empirical data. Omitting proofs and technical details, the author concentrates on discussing the main results of learning theory and their connections to fundamental problems in statistics. These include: - the general setting of learning problems and the general model of minimizing the risk functional from empirical data - a comprehensive analysis of the empirical risk minimization principle and shows how this allows for the construction of necessary and sufficient conditions for consistency - non-asymptotic bounds for the risk achieved using the empirical risk minimization principle - principles for controlling the generalization ability of learning machines using small sample sizes - introducing a new type of universal learning machine that controls the generalization ability.

From the reviews of the second edition:


"...written in a concise style. It must be recommended to scientists of statistics, mathematics, physics, and computer science."


"This interesting book helps a reader to understand the interconnections between various streams in the empirical modeling realm and may be recommended to any reader who feels lost in modern terminology, such as artificial intelligence, neural networks, machine learning etcetera."

"The book by Vapnik focuses on how to estimate a function of parameters from empirical data … . The book is concisely written and is intended to be useful to statisticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, and physicists. … This book is very well written at a very high level of abstract thinking and comprehension. The references are up-to-date." (Ramalingam Shanmugam, Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, Vol. 75 (2), February, 2005)

"The aim of the book is to introduce a wide range of readers to the fundamental ideas of statistical learning theory. … Each chapter is supplemented by ‘Reasoning and Comments’ which describe the relations between classical research in mathematical statistics and research in learning theory. … The book is well suited to promote the ideas of statistical learning theory and can be warmly recommended to all who are interested in computer learning problems." (S. Vogel, Metrika, June, 2002)

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