Generalized Stacked Sequential Learning


Puertas i Prats, Eloi


Pujol Vila, Oriol

Escalera Guerrero, Sergio

Date of defense


Legal Deposit

B 6854-2015


118 p.


Universitat de Barcelona. Departament de Matemàtica Aplicada i Anàlisi


Over the past few decades, machine learning (ML) algorithms have become a very useful tool in tasks where designing and programming explicit, rule-based algorithms are infeasible. Some examples of applications where machine learning has been applied successfully are spam filtering, optical character recognition (OCR), search engines and computer vision. One of the most common tasks in ML is supervised learning, where the goal is to learn a general model able to predict the correct label of unseen examples from a set of known labeled input data. In supervised learning often it is assumed that data is independent and identically distributed (i.i.d ). This means that each sample in the data set has the same probability distribution as the others and all are mutually independent. However, classification problems in real world databases can break this i.i.d. assumption. For example, consider the case of object recognition in image understanding. In this case, if one pixel belongs to a certain object category, it is very likely that neighboring pixels also belong to the same object, with the exception of the borders. Another example is the case of a laughter detection application from voice records. A laugh has a clear pattern alternating voice and non-voice segments. Thus, discriminant information comes from the alternating pattern, and not just by the samples on their own. Another example can be found in the case of signature section recognition in an e-mail. In this case, the signature is usually found at the end of the mail, thus important discriminant information is found in the context. Another case is part-of-speech tagging in which each example describes a word that is categorized as noun, verb, adjective, etc. In this case it is very unlikely that patterns such as [verb, verb, adjective, verb] occur. All these applications present a common feature: the sequence/context of the labels matters. Sequential learning (25) breaks the i.i.d. assumption and assumes that samples are not independently drawn from a joint distribution of the data samples X and their labels Y . In sequential learning the training data actually consists of sequences of pairs (x, y), so that neighboring examples exhibit some kind of correlation. Usually sequential learning applications consider one-dimensional relationship support, but these types of relationships appear very frequently in other domains, such as images, or video. Sequential learning should not be confused with time series prediction. The main difference between both problems lays in the fact that sequential learning has access to the whole data set before any prediction is made and the full set of labels is to be provided at the same time. On the other hand, time series prediction has access to real labels up to the current time t and the goal is to predict the label at t + 1. Another related but different problem is sequence classification. In this case, the problem is to predict a single label for an input sequence. If we consider the image domain, the sequential learning goal is to classify the pixels of the image taking into account their context, while sequence classification is equivalent to classify one full image as one class. Sequential learning has been addressed from different perspectives: from the point of view of meta-learning by means of sliding window techniques, recurrent sliding windows or stacked sequential learning where the method is formulated as a combination of classifiers; or from the point of view of graphical models, using for example Hidden Markov Models or Conditional Random Fields. In this thesis, we are concerned with meta-learning strategies. Cohen et al. (17) showed that stacked sequential learning (SSL from now on) performed better than CRF and HMM on a subset of problems called “sequential partitioning problems”. These problems are characterized by long runs of identical labels. Moreover, SSL is computationally very efficient since it only needs to train two classifiers a constant number of times. Considering these benefits, we decided to explore in depth sequential learning using SSL and generalize the Cohen architecture to deal with a wider variety of problems.


Intel·ligència artificial; Inteligencia artificial; Artificial intelligence; Aprenentatge automàtic; Aprendizaje automático; Machine learning; Visió per ordinador; Visión por ordenador; Computer vision; Reconeixement de formes (Informàtica); Reconocimiento de formas (Informática); Pattern recognition systems


51 - Mathematics

Knowledge Area

Ciències Experimentals i Matemàtiques






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