Design and Analysis of the WCCI 2010 Active Learning Challenge

Isabelle Guyon, Gavin Cawley, Gideon Dror, Vincent Lemaire

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We organized a data mining challenge on “active learning” for IJCNN/WCCI 2010, addressing machine learning problems where labeling data is expensive, but large amounts of unlabeled data are available at low cost. Examples include handwriting and speech recognition, document classification, vision tasks, drug design using recombinant molecules and protein engineering. Such problems might be tackled from different angles: learning from unlabeled data or active learning. In the former case, the algorithms must satisfy themselves with the limited amount of labeled data and capitalize on the unlabeled data with semi-supervised learning methods. Several challenges have addressed this problem in the past. In the latter case, the algorithms may place a limited number of queries to get new sample labels. The goal in that case is to optimize the queries and the problem is referred to as active learning. While the problem of active learning is of great importance, organizing a challenge in that area is non trivial. This is the problem we have addressed, and we describe our approach in this paper. The “active learning” challenge is part of the WCCI 2010 competition program (http://www.wcci2010. org/competition-program). The website of the challenge remains open for submission of new methods beyond the termination of the challenge as a resource for students and researchers (
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventIEEE/INNS International Joint Conference on Neural Networks - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 18 Jul 201023 Jul 2010


ConferenceIEEE/INNS International Joint Conference on Neural Networks
Abbreviated titleIJCNN-2010

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