Learning coordinate gradients with multi-task kernels
Yiming Ying and Colin Campbell
Coordinate gradient learning is motivated by the problem of variable selection and determining variable covariation. In this paper we propose a novel unifying framework for coordinate gradient learning (MGL) from the perspective of multi-task learning. Our approach relies on multi-task kernels to simulate the structure of gradient learning. This has several appealing properties. Firstly, it allows us to introduce a novel algorithm which appropriately captures the inherent structure of coordinate gradient learning. Secondly, this approach gives rise to a clear algorithmic process: a computational optimization algorithm which is memory and time efficient. Finally, a statistical error analysis ensures convergence of the estimated
function and its gradient to the true function and true gradient. We report some preliminary experiments to validate MGL for variableselection as well as determining variable covariation.