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Active Learning: Problem Settings and Recent Developments Machine Learning

Supervised learning is a typical problem setting for machine learning that approximates the relationship between the input and output based on a given sets of input and output data. The accuracy of the approximation can be increased using more input and output data to build the model; however, obtaining the appropriate output for the input can be costly. A classic example is the crossbreeding of plants. The environmental conditions (e.g., average monthly temperature, type and amount of fertilizer used, watering conditions, weather) are the input, and the specific properties of the crops are the output. In this case, the controllable variables are related to the fertilizer and watering conditions, but it would take several months to years to perform experiments under various conditions and determine the optimal fertilizer composition and watering conditions.

Active Learning for Deep Gaussian Process Surrogates Machine Learning

Deep Gaussian processes (DGPs) are increasingly popular as predictive models in machine learning (ML) for their non-stationary flexibility and ability to cope with abrupt regime changes in training data. Here we explore DGPs as surrogates for computer simulation experiments whose response surfaces exhibit similar characteristics. In particular, we transport a DGP's automatic warping of the input space and full uncertainty quantification (UQ), via a novel elliptical slice sampling (ESS) Bayesian posterior inferential scheme, through to active learning (AL) strategies that distribute runs non-uniformly in the input space -- something an ordinary (stationary) GP could not do. Building up the design sequentially in this way allows smaller training sets, limiting both expensive evaluation of the simulator code and mitigating cubic costs of DGP inference. When training data sizes are kept small through careful acquisition, and with parsimonious layout of latent layers, the framework can be both effective and computationally tractable. Our methods are illustrated on simulation data and two real computer experiments of varying input dimensionality. We provide an open source implementation in the "deepgp" package on CRAN.

Bayesian Active Learning for Wearable Stress and Affect Detection Machine Learning

In the recent past, psychological stress has been increasingly observed in humans, and early detection is crucial to prevent health risks. Stress detection using on-device deep learning algorithms has been on the rise owing to advancements in pervasive computing. However, an important challenge that needs to be addressed is handling unlabeled data in real-time via suitable ground truthing techniques (like Active Learning), which should help establish affective states (labels) while also selecting only the most informative data points to query from an oracle. In this paper, we propose a framework with capabilities to represent model uncertainties through approximations in Bayesian Neural Networks using Monte-Carlo (MC) Dropout. This is combined with suitable acquisition functions for active learning. Empirical results on a popular stress and affect detection dataset experimented on a Raspberry Pi 2 indicate that our proposed framework achieves a considerable efficiency boost during inference, with a substantially low number of acquired pool points during active learning across various acquisition functions. Variation Ratios achieves an accuracy of 90.38% which is comparable to the maximum test accuracy achieved while training on about 40% lesser data.

On-the-fly Closed-loop Autonomous Materials Discovery via Bayesian Active Learning Machine Learning

Active learning - the field of machine learning (ML) dedicated to optimal experiment design, has played a part in science as far back as the 18th century when Laplace used it to guide his discovery of celestial mechanics [1]. In this work we focus a closed-loop, active learning-driven autonomous system on another major challenge, the discovery of advanced materials against the exceedingly complex synthesis-processes-structure-property landscape. We demonstrate autonomous research methodology (i.e. autonomous hypothesis definition and evaluation) that can place complex, advanced materials in reach, allowing scientists to fail smarter, learn faster, and spend less resources in their studies, while simultaneously improving trust in scientific results and machine learning tools. Additionally, this robot science enables science-over-the-network, reducing the economic impact of scientists being physically separated from their labs. We used the real-time closed-loop, autonomous system for materials exploration and optimization (CAMEO) at the synchrotron beamline to accelerate the fundamentally interconnected tasks of rapid phase mapping and property optimization, with each cycle taking seconds to minutes, resulting in the discovery of a novel epitaxial nanocomposite phase-change memory material.

Expressive yet Tractable Bayesian Deep Learning via Subnetwork Inference Machine Learning

The Bayesian paradigm has the potential to solve some of the core issues in modern deep learning, such as poor calibration, data inefficiency, and catastrophic forgetting. However, scaling Bayesian inference to the high-dimensional parameter spaces of deep neural networks requires restrictive approximations. In this paper, we propose performing inference over only a small subset of the model parameters while keeping all others as point estimates. This enables us to use expressive posterior approximations that would otherwise be intractable for the full model. In particular, we develop a practical and scalable Bayesian deep learning method that first trains a point estimate, and then infers a full covariance Gaussian posterior approximation over a subnetwork. We propose a subnetwork selection procedure which aims to optimally preserve posterior uncertainty. We empirically demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach compared to point-estimated networks and methods that use less expressive posterior approximations over the full network. Deep neural networks (DNNs) still suffer from critical shortcomings that make them unfit for important applications.

Exploration in Approximate Hyper-State Space for Meta Reinforcement Learning Artificial Intelligence

Meta-learning is a powerful tool for learning policies that can adapt efficiently when deployed in new tasks. If however the meta-training tasks have sparse rewards, the need for exploration during meta-training is exacerbated given that the agent has to explore and learn across many tasks. We show that current meta-learning methods can fail catastrophically in such environments. To address this problem, we propose HyperX, a novel method for meta-learning in sparse reward tasks. Using novel reward bonuses for meta-training, we incentivise the agent to explore in approximate hyper-state space, i.e., the joint state and approximate belief space, where the beliefs are over tasks. We show empirically that these bonuses allow an agent to successfully learn to solve sparse reward tasks where existing meta-learning methods fail.

Information Laundering for Model Privacy Artificial Intelligence

In this work, we propose information laundering, a novel framework for enhancing model privacy. Unlike data privacy that concerns the protection of raw data information, model privacy aims to protect an already-learned model that is to be deployed for public use. The private model can be obtained from general learning methods, and its deployment means that it will return a deterministic or random response for a given input query. An informationlaundered model consists of probabilistic components that deliberately maneuver the intended input and output for queries to the model, so the model's adversarial acquisition is less likely. Under the proposed framework, we develop an information-theoretic principle to quantify the fundamental tradeoffs between model utility and privacy leakage and derive the optimal design. An emerging number of applications involve the following user-scenario. Alice developed a model that takes a specific query as input and calculates a response as output. The model is a stochastic black-box that may represent a novel type of ensemble models, a known deep neural network architecture with sophisticated parameter tuning, or a physical law described by stochastic differential equations.

A Wholistic View of Continual Learning with Deep Neural Networks: Forgotten Lessons and the Bridge to Active and Open World Learning Machine Learning

Current deep learning research is dominated by benchmark evaluation. A method is regarded as favorable if it empirically performs well on the dedicated test set. This mentality is seamlessly reflected in the resurfacing area of continual learning, where consecutively arriving sets of benchmark data are investigated. The core challenge is framed as protecting previously acquired representations from being catastrophically forgotten due to the iterative parameter updates. However, comparison of individual methods is nevertheless treated in isolation from real world application and typically judged by monitoring accumulated test set performance. The closed world assumption remains predominant. It is assumed that during deployment a model is guaranteed to encounter data that stems from the same distribution as used for training. This poses a massive challenge as neural networks are well known to provide overconfident false predictions on unknown instances and break down in the face of corrupted data. In this work we argue that notable lessons from open set recognition, the identification of statistically deviating data outside of the observed dataset, and the adjacent field of active learning, where data is incrementally queried such that the expected performance gain is maximized, are frequently overlooked in the deep learning era. Based on these forgotten lessons, we propose a consolidated view to bridge continual learning, active learning and open set recognition in deep neural networks. Our results show that this not only benefits each individual paradigm, but highlights the natural synergies in a common framework. We empirically demonstrate improvements when alleviating catastrophic forgetting, querying data in active learning, selecting task orders, while exhibiting robust open world application where previously proposed methods fail.

13 Algorithms and 4 Learning Methods of Machine Learning


According to the similarity of the function and form of the algorithm, we can classify the algorithm, such as tree-based algorithm, neural network-based algorithm, and so on. Of course, the scope of machine learning is very large, and it is difficult for some algorithms to be clearly classified into a certain category. Regression algorithm is a type of algorithm that tries to explore the relationship between variables by using a measure of error. Regression algorithm is a powerful tool for statistical machine learning. In the field of machine learning, when people talk about regression, sometimes they refer to a type of problem and sometimes a type of algorithm.

A Survey of Deep Active Learning Machine Learning

Active learning (AL) attempts to maximize the performance gain of the model by marking the fewest samples. Deep learning (DL) is greedy for data and requires a large amount of data supply to optimize massive parameters, so that the model learns how to extract high-quality features. In recent years, due to the rapid development of internet technology, we are in an era of information torrents and we have massive amounts of data. In this way, DL has aroused strong interest of researchers and has been rapidly developed. Compared with DL, researchers have relatively low interest in AL. This is mainly because before the rise of DL, traditional machine learning requires relatively few labeled samples. Therefore, early AL is difficult to reflect the value it deserves. Although DL has made breakthroughs in various fields, most of this success is due to the publicity of the large number of existing annotation datasets. However, the acquisition of a large number of high-quality annotated datasets consumes a lot of manpower, which is not allowed in some fields that require high expertise, especially in the fields of speech recognition, information extraction, medical images, etc. Therefore, AL has gradually received due attention. A natural idea is whether AL can be used to reduce the cost of sample annotations, while retaining the powerful learning capabilities of DL. Therefore, deep active learning (DAL) has emerged. Although the related research has been quite abundant, it lacks a comprehensive survey of DAL. This article is to fill this gap, we provide a formal classification method for the existing work, and a comprehensive and systematic overview. In addition, we also analyzed and summarized the development of DAL from the perspective of application. Finally, we discussed the confusion and problems in DAL, and gave some possible development directions for DAL.