Some Baseline Methods for the Active Learning Challenge

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In many potential applications of machine learning, unlabelled data are abundently available at low cost, but there is a paucity of labelled data, and labelling unlabelled examples is expensive and/or time-consuming. This motivates the development of active learning methods, that seek to direct the collection of labelled examples such that the greatest performance gains can be achieved using the smallest quantity of labelled data. In this paper, we describe some simple pool-based active learning strategies, based on optimally regularised linear [kernel] ridge regression, providing a set of baseline submissions for the Active Learning Challenge. A simple random strategy, where unlabelled patterns are submitted to the oracle purely at random, is found to be surprisingly effective, being competitive with more complex approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics: Workshop and Active Learning Competition - Sardinia, Italy
Duration: 16 May 2010 → …


Conference13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics
Period16/05/10 → …

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