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Date 27-7-2009
Time 14:30
Room/Location DISI - Sala Conferenze - 3 Piano
Title Multi-Task Learning and Matrix Regularization
Speaker Andreas Argyriou
Affiliation Department of Computer Science, UCL
Link https://www.disi.unige.it/index.php?eventsandseminars/seminars
Abstract Multi-task learning extends the standard paradigm of supervised learning. In multi-task learning, samples for multiple related tasks are given and the goal is to learn a function for each task and also to generalize well (transfer learned knowledge) on new tasks. The applications of this paradigm are numerous and range from computer vision to collaborative filtering to bioinformatics while it also relates to matrix completion, multiclass, multiview learning etc. I will present a framework for multi-task learning which is based on learning a common kernel for all tasks. I will also show how this formulation connects to the trace norm and group Lasso approaches. Moreover, the proposed optimization problem can be solved using an alternating minimization algorithm which is simple and efficient. It can also be "kernelized" by virtue of a multi-task representer theorem, which holds for a large family of matrix regularization problems and includes the classical representer theorem as a special case. Finally, I will draw an analogy between multi-task learning and convex kernel learning and will present a general convergent algorithm for learning convex combinations of finite or infinite kernels.
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