AAAI Publications, Thirty-First AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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Confidence-Rated Discriminative Partial Label Learning
Cai-Zhi Tang, Min-Ling Zhang

Last modified: 2017-02-13


Partial label learning aims to induce a multi-class classifier from training examples where each of them is associated with a set of candidate labels, among which only one label is valid. The common discriminative solution to learn from partial label examples assumes one parametric model for each class label, whose predictions are aggregated to optimize specific objectives such as likelihood or margin over the training examples. Nonetheless, existing discriminative approaches treat the predictions from all parametric models in an equal manner, where the confidence of each candidate label being the ground-truth label is not differentiated. In this paper, a boosting-style partial label learning approach is proposed to enabling confidence-rated discriminative modeling. Specifically, the ground-truth confidence of each candidate label is maintained in each boosting round and utilized to train the base classifier. Extensive experiments on artificial as well as real-world partial label data sets validate the effectiveness of the confidence-rated discriminative modeling.


partial label learning; discriminative modeling; candidate label

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