Inductive Learning

Tangent-Normal Adversarial Regularization for Semi-supervised Learning Machine Learning

The ever-increasing size of modern datasets combined with the difficulty of obtaining label information has made semi-supervised learning of significant practical importance in modern machine learning applications. Compared with supervised learning, the key difficulty in semi-supervised learning is how to make full use of the unlabeled data. In order to utilize manifold information provided by unlabeled data, we propose a novel regularization called the tangent-normal adversarial regularization, which is composed by two parts. The two terms complement with each other and jointly enforce the smoothness along two different directions that are crucial for semi-supervised learning. One is applied along the tangent space of the data manifold, aiming to enforce local invariance of the classifier on the manifold, while the other is performed on the normal space orthogonal to the tangent space, intending to impose robustness on the classifier against the noise causing the observed data deviating from the underlying data manifold. Both of the two regularizers are achieved by the strategy of virtual adversarial training. Our method has achieved state-of-the-art performance on semi-supervised learning tasks on both artificial dataset and FashionMNIST dataset.

Salesforce open-sources TransmogrifAI, the machine learning library that powers Einstein


Data scientists spend weeks and months not only preprocessing the data on which the models are to be trained, but extracting useful features (i.e., the data types) from that data, narrowing down algorithms, and ultimately building (or attempting to build) a system that performs well not just within the confines of a lab, but in the real world. Salesforce's new toolkit aims to ease that burden somewhat. On GitHub today, the San Francisco-based cloud computing company published TransmogrifAI, an automated machine learning library for structured data -- the kind of searchable, neatly categorized data found in spreadsheets and databases -- that performs feature engineering, feature selection, and model training in just three lines of code. It's written in Scala and built on top of Apache Spark (some of the same technologies that power Salesforce AI platform Einstein) and was designed from the ground up for scalability. To that end, it can process datasets ranging from dozens to millions of rows and run on clustered machines on top of Spark or an off-the-shelf laptop.

Use Amazon Mechanical Turk with Amazon SageMaker for supervised learning Amazon Web Services


Supervised learning needs labels, or annotations, that tell the algorithm what the right answers are in the training phases of your project. In fact, many of the examples of using MXNet, TensorFlow, and PyTorch start with annotated data sets you can use to explore the various features of those frameworks. Unfortunately, when you move from the examples to application, it's much less common to have a fully annotated set of data at your fingertips. This tutorial will show you how you can use Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) from within your Amazon SageMaker notebook to get annotations for your data set and use them for training. TensorFlow provides an example of using an Estimator to classify irises using a neural network classifier.

False Positive Reduction by Actively Mining Negative Samples for Pulmonary Nodule Detection in Chest Radiographs Artificial Intelligence

Generating large quantities of quality labeled data in medical imaging is very time consuming and expensive. The performance of supervised algorithms for various tasks on imaging has improved drastically over the years, however the availability of data to train these algorithms have become one of the main bottlenecks for implementation. To address this, we propose a semi-supervised learning method where pseudo-negative labels from unlabeled data are used to further refine the performance of a pulmonary nodule detection network in chest radiographs. After training with the proposed network, the false positive rate was reduced to 0.1266 from 0.4864 while maintaining sensitivity at 0.89.

Cycle Consistent Adversarial Denoising Network for Multiphase Coronary CT Angiography Artificial Intelligence

In coronary CT angiography, a series of CT images are taken at different levels of radiation dose during the examination. Although this reduces the total radiation dose, the image quality during the low-dose phases is significantly degraded. To address this problem, here we propose a novel semi-supervised learning technique that can remove the noises of the CT images obtained in the low-dose phases by learning from the CT images in the routine dose phases. Although a supervised learning approach is not possible due to the differences in the underlying heart structure in two phases, the images in the two phases are closely related so that we propose a cycle-consistent adversarial denoising network to learn the non-degenerate mapping between the low and high dose cardiac phases. Experimental results showed that the proposed method effectively reduces the noise in the low-dose CT image while the preserving detailed texture and edge information. Moreover, thanks to the cyclic consistency and identity loss, the proposed network does not create any artificial features that are not present in the input images. Visual grading and quality evaluation also confirm that the proposed method provides significant improvement in diagnostic quality.

Explaining supervised learning to a kid (or your boss)


Now that you know what machine learning is, let's meet the easiest kind. My goal here is to get humans of all stripes and (almost) all ages comfy with its basic jargon: instance, label, feature, model, algorithm, and supervised learning. Instances are also called'examples' or'observations.' What do these examples look like when we put them in a table? Sticking with convention (because good manners are good), each row is an instance.

An Overview of Proxy-label Approaches for Semi-supervised Learning


Note: Parts of this post are based on my ACL 2018 paper Strong Baselines for Neural Semi-supervised Learning under Domain Shift with Barbara Plank. Unsupervised learning constitutes one of the main challenges for current machine learning models and one of the key elements that is missing for general artificial intelligence. While unsupervised learning on its own is still elusive, researchers have a made a lot of progress in combining unsupervised learning with supervised learning. This branch of machine learning research is called semi-supervised learning. Semi-supervised learning has a long history. For a (slightly outdated) overview, refer to Zhu (2005) [1] and Chapelle et al. (2006) [2].

Semi-Supervised Learning with GANs: Revisiting Manifold Regularization Machine Learning

GANS are powerful generative models that are able to model the manifold of natural images. We leverage this property to perform manifold regularization by approximating the Laplacian norm using a Monte Carlo approximation that is easily computed with the GAN. When incorporated into the feature-matching GAN of Improved GAN, we achieve state-of-the-art results for GAN-based semi-supervised learning on the CIFAR-10 dataset, with a method that is significantly easier to implement than competing methods.