The Multi-Task Learning View of Multimodal Data

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Hachem Kadri, Stephane Ayache, Cécile Capponi, Sokol Koço, François-Xavier Dupé, Emilie Morvant ;
Proceedings of the 5th Asian Conference on Machine Learning, PMLR 29:261-276, 2013.

Abstract

We study the problem of learning from multiple views using kernel methods in a supervised setting. We approach this problem from a multi-task learning point of view and illustrate how to capture the interesting multimodal structure of the data using multi-task kernels. Our analysis shows that the multi-task perspective offers the flexibility to design more efficient multiple-source learning algorithms, and hence the ability to exploit multiple descriptions of the data. In particular, we formulate the multimodal learning framework using vector-valued reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces, and we derive specific multi-task kernels that can operate over multiple modalities. Finally, we analyze the vector-valued regularized least squares algorithm in this context, and demonstrate its potential in a series of experiments with a real-world multimodal data set.

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