**Boosting Smooth Transition Regression Tree (BooST)**

In this paper we introduce a new machine learning (ML) model for nonlinear regression called Boosting Smooth Transition Regression Tree (BooST). The main advantage of the BooST is that it estimates the derivatives (partial effects) of very general nonlinear models, providing more interpretation than other tree based models concerning the mapping between the covariates and the dependent variable. We provide some asymptotic theory that shows consistency of the partial derivatives and we present some examples on simulated and empirical data. … **Segmented Linear Regression**

Segmented linear regression with two segments separated by a breakpoint can be useful to quantify an abrupt change of the response function (Yr) of a varying influential factor (x). The breakpoint can be interpreted as a critical, safe, or threshold value beyond or below which (un)desired effects occur. The breakpoint can be important in decision making. … **MoCHIN**

As one type of complex networks widely-seen in real-world application, heterogeneous information networks (HINs) often encapsulate higher-order interactions that crucially reflect the complex nature among nodes and edges in real-world data. Modeling higher-order interactions in HIN facilitates the user-guided clustering problem by providing an informative collection of signals. At the same time, network motifs have been used extensively to reveal higher-order interactions and network semantics in homogeneous networks. Thus, it is natural to extend the use of motifs to HIN, and we tackle the problem of user-guided clustering in HIN by using motifs. We highlight the benefits of comprehensively modeling higher-order interactions instead of decomposing the complex relationships to pairwise interaction. We propose the MoCHIN model which is applicable to arbitrary forms of HIN motifs, which is often necessary for the application scenario in HINs due to their rich and diverse semantics encapsulated in the heterogeneity. To overcome the curse of dimensionality since the tensor size grows exponentially as the number of nodes increases in our model, we propose an efficient inference algorithm for MoCHIN. In our experiment, MoCHIN surpasses all baselines in three evaluation tasks under different metrics. The advantage of our model when the supervision is weak is also discussed in additional experiments. … **GaborNet**

The article describes a system for image recognition using deep convolutional neural networks. Modified network architecture is proposed that focuses on improving convergence and reducing training complexity. The filters in the first layer of the network are constrained to fit the Gabor function. The parameters of Gabor functions are learnable and are updated by standard backpropagation techniques. The system was implemented on Python, tested on several datasets and outperformed the common convolutional networks. …

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