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Agnostically Learning Juntas from Random Walks

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We prove that the class of functions g:{-1,+1}^n -> {-1,+1} that only depend on an unknown subset of k<<n variables (so-called k-juntas) is agnostically learnable from a random walk in time polynomial in n, 2^{k^2}, epsilon^{-k}, and log(1/delta). In other words, there is an algorithm with the claimed running time that, given epsilon, delta > 0 and access to a random walk on {-1,+1}^n labeled by an arbitrary function f:{-1,+1}^n -> {-1,+1}, finds with probability at least 1-delta a k-junta that is (opt(f)+epsilon)-close to f, where opt(f) denotes the distance of a closest k-junta to f.

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