Transferring Nonlinear Representations using Gaussian Processes with a Shared Latent Space
Author(s)Urtasun, Raquel; Quattoni, Ariadna; Lawrence, Neil; Darrell, Trevor
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When a series of problems are related, representations derived from learning earlier tasks may be useful in solving later problems. In this paper we propose a novel approach to transfer learning with low-dimensional, non-linear latent spaces. We show how such representations can be jointly learned across multiple tasks in a Gaussian Process framework. When transferred to new tasks with relatively few training examples, learning can be faster and/or more accurate. Experiments on digit recognition and newsgroup classification tasks show significantly improved performance when compared to baseline performance with a representation derived from a semi-supervised learning approach or with a discriminative approach that uses only the target data.