PAC (proper) learning estimates a distribution in a class by some distribution in the same class to a desired accuracy. Using spectral projections we show that spherical Gaussian mixtures in $d$ dimensions can be PAC learned with $\tilde{O}(d)$ samples, and that the same applies for learning the distribution's parameters. Both results significantly improve previously known bounds.

Joint work with Jayadev Acharya, Ashkan Jafarpour, and Alon Orlitsky.

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