Early stopping
A method of optimization in which the objective used is not the real goal, and optimization is stopped when another measure of fit starts to rise. This may be critically dependent on the starting value chosen.
 
 
     
 
  Editing
Methods of reducing the training set for sue by nearest-neighbour methods
 
 
     
 
  Efficiency
A statistical term, measuring the performance of estimators. Unless stated otherwise, efficiency is a measure of 1/(n Ąż variance in samples of size n) (for large n).
 
 
     
 
  Eigen Decomposition
of a real symmetric matrix A. This is an orthonormal matrix C and a non-negative diagonal matrix D such that A=CDC .
 
 
     
 
  EM Algorithm
A device to construct algorithms for maximum likelihood and MAP estimators
 
 
     
 
  Equivariance
An invariant procedure is unchanged under a transformation; an equivariant procedure transforms its answer. For example, if is a parameter and
 
 
     
 
  Estimator
A rule to assign a parameter value to a set of observations. The value assigned is called an estimate, and the distinction between estimators and estimators is not always observed.