Logistic regression with an auxiliary data source

Xuejun Liao, Ya Xue, Lawrence Carin

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To achieve good generalization in supervised learning, the training and testing examples are usually required to be drawn from the same source distribution. In this paper we propose a method to relax this requirement in the context of logistic regression. Assuming Dp and Da are two sets of examples drawn from two mismatched distributions, where D a are fully labeled and Dp partially labeled, our objective is to complete the labels of Dp. We introduce an auxiliary variable μ for each example in Da to reflect its mismatch with Dp. Under an appropriate constraint the μ's are estimated as a byproduct, along with the classifier. We also present an active learning approach for selecting the labeled examples in Dp. The proposed algorithm, called "Migratory-Logit" or M-Logit, is demonstrated successfully on simulated as well as real data sets.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICML 2005 - Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Machine Learning
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machineryacmhelp@acm.org
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)1595931805
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

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