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Poster

Consistent and Asymptotically Unbiased Estimation of Proper Calibration Errors

Teodora Popordanoska · Sebastian G. Gruber · Aleksei Tiulpin · Florian Buettner · Matthew Blaschko

MR1 & MR2 - Number 31
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Sat 4 May 6 a.m. PDT — 8:30 a.m. PDT

Abstract:

Proper scoring rules evaluate the quality of probabilistic predictions, playing an essential role in the pursuit of accurate and well-calibrated models. Every proper score decomposes into two fundamental components -- proper calibration error and refinement -- utilizing a Bregman divergence.While uncertainty calibration has gained significant attention, current literature lacks a general estimator for these quantities with known statistical properties. To address this gap, we propose a method that allows consistent, and asymptotically unbiased estimation of all proper calibration errors and refinement terms. In particular, we introduce Kullback-Leibler calibration error, induced by the commonly used cross-entropy loss. As part of our results, we prove the relation between refinement and f-divergences, which implies information monotonicity in neural networks, regardless of which proper scoring rule is optimized.Our experiments validate empirically the claimed properties of the proposed estimator and suggest that the selection of a post-hoc calibration method should be determined by the particular calibration error of interest.

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