Context-sensitive MTL Networks for Machine Lifelong Learning

Daniel L. Silver, Ryan Poirier

Context-sensitive Multiple Task Learning, or csMTL, is presented as a method of inductive transfer that uses a single output neural network and additional contextual inputs for learning multiple tasks. The csMTL method is tested on three task domains and shown to produce hypotheses for a primary task that are significantly bet- ter than standard MTL hypotheses when learning in the presence of related and unrelated tasks. A new measure of task relatedness, based on the context input weights, is shown to have promise. The paper also outlines a ma- chine lifelong learning system that uses csMTL for se- quentially learning multiple tasks. The approach satis- fies a number of important requirements for knowledge retention and inductive transfer including the elimina- tion of redundant outputs, representational transfer for rapid but effective short-term learning and functional transfer via task rehearsal for long-term consolidation.

Submitted: Feb 16, 2007

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