Domain Adaptation in Regression

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Abstract

This paper presents a series of new results for domain adaptation in the regression setting. We prove that the discrepancy is a distance for the squared loss when the hypothesis set is the reproducing kernel Hilbert space induced by a universal kernel such as the Gaussian kernel. We give new pointwise loss guarantees based on the discrepancy of the empirical source and target distributions for the general class of kernel-based regularization algorithms. These bounds have a simpler form than previous results and hold for a broader class of convex loss functions not necessarily differentiable, including L q losses and the hinge loss. We extend the discrepancy minimization adaptation algorithm to the more significant case where kernels are used and show that the problem can be cast as an SDP similar to the one in the feature space. We also show that techniques from smooth optimization can be used to derive an efficient algorithm for solving such SDPs even for very high-dimensional feature spaces. We have implemented this algorithm and report the results of experiments demonstrating its benefits for adaptation and show that, unlike previous algorithms, it can scale to large data sets of tens of thousands or more points.