טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentBadian Michal
SubjectKnowledge-Based Learning through Feature Generation
DepartmentDepartment of Computer Science
Supervisor Professor Shaul Markovitch


Abstract

Machine learning algorithms have difficulties to generalize over a small set of examples.  Humans can perform such a task by exploiting vast amount of background knowledge they possess. One method for enhancing learning algorithms with external knowledge is through feature generation.  In this paper, we introduce a new algorithm for generating features based on a collection of auxiliary datasets.  We assume that, in addition to the training set, we have access to additional datasets.  Unlike the transfer learning setup, we do not assume that the auxiliary datasets represent learning tasks that are similar to the original one.  The algorithm finds features that are common to the training set and the auxiliary datasets.  Based on these features and examples from the auxiliary datasets, it induces predictors for new features from the auxiliary datasets.  The induced predictors are then added to the original training set as generated features.  Our method was tested on a variety of learning tasks, including text classification and medical prediction, and showed a significant improvement over using just the given features.