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Title: Multi-task learning and transfer: The effect of algorithm representation
Authors: Lane, PCR
Gobet, F
Keywords: Learning
Theory development
Learning algorithm
Concept formation
Mathematical model
Publication Date: 2005
Publisher: Proceedings of the ICML-2005 Workshop on Meta-learning
Citation: Proceedings of the ICML-2005 Workshop on Meta-learning.
Abstract: Exploring multiple classes of learning algorithms for those algorithms which perform best in multiple tasks is a complex problem of multiple-criteria optimisation. We use a genetic algorithm to locate sets of models which are not outperformed on all of the tasks. The genetic algorithm develops a population of multiple types of learning algorithms, with competition between individuals of different types. We find that inherent differences in the convergence time and performance levels of the different algorithms leads to misleading population effects. We explore the role that the algorithm representation and initial population has on task performance. Our findings suggest that separating the representation of different algorithms is beneficial in enhancing performance. Also, initial seeding is required to avoid premature convergence to non-optimal classes of algorithms.
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Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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