Proactive Transfer Learning for Heterogeneous Feature and Label Spaces

Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46227-1_44

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9852)
Cite this paper as:
Moon S., Carbonell J. (2016) Proactive Transfer Learning for Heterogeneous Feature and Label Spaces. In: Frasconi P., Landwehr N., Manco G., Vreeken J. (eds) Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases. ECML PKDD 2016. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9852. Springer, Cham


We propose a framework for learning new target tasks by leveraging existing heterogeneous knowledge sources. Unlike the traditional transfer learning, we do not require explicit relations between source and target tasks, and instead let the learner actively mine transferable knowledge from a source dataset. To this end, we develop (1) a transfer learning method for source datasets with heterogeneous feature and label spaces, and (2) a proactive learning framework which progressively builds bridges between target and source domains in order to improve transfer accuracy. Experiments on a challenging transfer learning scenario (learning from hetero-lingual datasets with non-overlapping label spaces) show the efficacy of the proposed approach.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computer Science, Language Technologies InstituteCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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