Multi-task Regularization of Generative Similarity Models

author: Luca Cazzanti, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington
published: Oct. 17, 2011,   recorded: September 2011,   views: 2991


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We investigate a multi-task approach to similarity discriminant analysis, where we propose treating the estimation of the different class-conditional distributions of the pairwise similarities as multiple tasks. We show that regularizing these estimates together using a least-squares regularization weighted by a task-relatedness matrix can reduce the resulting maximum a posteriori classification errors. Results are given for benchmark data sets spanning a range of applications. In addition, we present a new application of similarity-based learning to analyzing the rhetoric of multiple insurgent groups in Iraq. We show how to produce the necessary task relatedness information from standard given training data, as well as how to derive task-relatedness information if given side information about the class relatedness.

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