Unsupervised and Transfer Learning Challenge: a Deep Learning Approach


Grégoire Mesnil Yann Dauphin, Xavier Glorot, Salah Rifai1, Yoshua Bengio, Ian Goodfellow, Erick Lavoie, Xavier Muller, Guillaume Desjardins, David Warde-Farley, Pascal Vincent, Aaron Courville, James Bergstra ;
Proceedings of ICML Workshop on Unsupervised and Transfer Learning, PMLR 27:97-110, 2012.


Learning good representations from a large set of unlabeled data is a particularly challenging task. Recent work (see ? for a review) shows that training deep architectures is a good way to extract such representations, by extracting and disentangling gradually higher-level factors of variation characterizing the input distribution. In this paper, we describe different kinds of layers we trained for learning representations in the setting of the Unsupervised and Transfer Learning Challenge. The strategy of our team won the final phase of the challenge. It combined and stacked different one-layer unsupervised learning algorithms, adapted to each of the five datasets of the competition. This paper describes that strategy and the particular one-layer learning algorithms feeding a simple linear classifier with a tiny number of labeled training samples (1 to 64 per class).

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