Online transfer learning by leveraging multiple source domains

Online transfer learning by leveraging multiple source domains Transfer learning aims to enhance performance in a target domain by exploiting useful information from auxiliary or source domains when the labeled data in the target domain are insufficient or difficult to acquire. In some real-world applications, the data of source domain are provided in advance, but the data of target domain may arrive in a stream fashion. This kind of problem is known as online transfer learning. In practice, there can be several source domains that are related to the target domain. The performance of online transfer learning is highly associated with selected source domains, and simply combining the source domains may lead to unsatisfactory performance. In this paper, we seek to promote classification performance in a target domain by leveraging labeled data from multiple source domains in online setting. To achieve this, we propose a new online transfer learning algorithm that merges and leverages the classifiers of the source and target domain with an ensemble method. The mistake bound of the proposed algorithm is analyzed, and the comprehensive experiments on three real-world data sets illustrate that our algorithm outperforms the compared baseline algorithms. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Knowledge and Information Systems Springer Journals

Online transfer learning by leveraging multiple source domains

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Publisher
Springer London
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer-Verlag London
Subject
Computer Science; Information Systems and Communication Service; IT in Business
ISSN
0219-1377
eISSN
0219-3116
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10115-016-1021-1
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Abstract

Transfer learning aims to enhance performance in a target domain by exploiting useful information from auxiliary or source domains when the labeled data in the target domain are insufficient or difficult to acquire. In some real-world applications, the data of source domain are provided in advance, but the data of target domain may arrive in a stream fashion. This kind of problem is known as online transfer learning. In practice, there can be several source domains that are related to the target domain. The performance of online transfer learning is highly associated with selected source domains, and simply combining the source domains may lead to unsatisfactory performance. In this paper, we seek to promote classification performance in a target domain by leveraging labeled data from multiple source domains in online setting. To achieve this, we propose a new online transfer learning algorithm that merges and leverages the classifiers of the source and target domain with an ensemble method. The mistake bound of the proposed algorithm is analyzed, and the comprehensive experiments on three real-world data sets illustrate that our algorithm outperforms the compared baseline algorithms.

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Knowledge and Information SystemsSpringer Journals

Published: Jan 11, 2017

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