PASCAL - Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning

On asymmetric generalization error of asymmetric multitask learning
Keisuke Yamazaki and Samuel Kaski
In: NIPS Learning from Multiple Sources Workshop, 13 Dec 2008, Whistler, BC.


A recent variant of multi-task learning uses the other tasks to help in learning a task-of-interest, for which there is too little training data. The task can be classi- fication, prediction, or density estimation. The problem is that only some of the data of the other tasks are relevant or representative for the task-of-interest. It has been experimentally demonstrated that a generative model works well in this rel- evant subtask learning task. In this paper we analyze the generalization error of the model, to show that it is smaller than in standard alternatives, and to point out connections to semi-supervised learning, multi-task learning, and active learning or covariate shift.

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Subjects:Theory & Algorithms
ID Code:5080
Deposited By:Samuel Kaski
Deposited On:24 March 2009