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Maximum entropy inverse reinforcement learning
 In Proc. AAAI
, 2008
"... Recent research has shown the benefit of framing problems of imitation learning as solutions to Markov Decision Problems. This approach reduces learning to the problem of recovering a utility function that makes the behavior induced by a nearoptimal policy closely mimic demonstrated behavior. In th ..."
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Recent research has shown the benefit of framing problems of imitation learning as solutions to Markov Decision Problems. This approach reduces learning to the problem of recovering a utility function that makes the behavior induced by a nearoptimal policy closely mimic demonstrated behavior. In this work, we develop a probabilistic approach based on the principle of maximum entropy. Our approach provides a welldefined, globally normalized distribution over decision sequences, while providing the same performance guarantees as existing methods. We develop our technique in the context of modeling realworld navigation and driving behaviors where collected data is inherently noisy and imperfect. Our probabilistic approach enables modeling of route preferences as well as a powerful new approach to inferring destinations and routes based on partial trajectories.
A Hilbert space embedding for distributions
 In Algorithmic Learning Theory: 18th International Conference
, 2007
"... Abstract. We describe a technique for comparing distributions without the need for density estimation as an intermediate step. Our approach relies on mapping the distributions into a reproducing kernel Hilbert space. Applications of this technique can be found in twosample tests, which are used for ..."
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Abstract. We describe a technique for comparing distributions without the need for density estimation as an intermediate step. Our approach relies on mapping the distributions into a reproducing kernel Hilbert space. Applications of this technique can be found in twosample tests, which are used for determining whether two sets of observations arise from the same distribution, covariate shift correction, local learning, measures of independence, and density estimation. Kernel methods are widely used in supervised learning [1, 2, 3, 4], however they are much less established in the areas of testing, estimation, and analysis of probability distributions, where information theoretic approaches [5, 6] have long been dominant. Recent examples include [7] in the context of construction of graphical models, [8] in the context of feature extraction, and [9] in the context of independent component analysis. These methods have by and large a common issue: to compute quantities such as the mutual information, entropy, or KullbackLeibler divergence, we require sophisticated space partitioning and/or
Estimating labels from label proportions
 Proceedings of the 25th Annual International Conference on Machine Learning
, 2008
"... Consider the following problem: given sets of unlabeled observations, each set with known label proportions, predict the labels of another set of observations, also with known label proportions. This problem appears in areas like ecommerce, spam filtering and improper content detection. We present ..."
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Consider the following problem: given sets of unlabeled observations, each set with known label proportions, predict the labels of another set of observations, also with known label proportions. This problem appears in areas like ecommerce, spam filtering and improper content detection. We present consistent estimators which can reconstruct the correct labels with high probability in a uniform convergence sense. Experiments show that our method works well in practice. 1
Value regularization and fenchel duality
 JOURNAL OF MACHINE LEARNING RESEARCH
, 2007
"... Regularization is an approach to function learning that balances fit and smoothness. In practice, we search for a function f with a finite representation f = ∑i ciφi(·). In most treatments, the ci are the primary objects of study. We consider value regularization, constructing optimization problems ..."
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Regularization is an approach to function learning that balances fit and smoothness. In practice, we search for a function f with a finite representation f = ∑i ciφi(·). In most treatments, the ci are the primary objects of study. We consider value regularization, constructing optimization problems in which the predicted values at the training points are the primary variables, and therefore the central objects of study. Although this is a simple change, it has profound consequences. From convex conjugacy and the theory of Fenchel duality, we derive separate optimality conditions for the regularization and loss portions of the learning problem; this technique yields clean and short derivations of standard algorithms. This framework is ideally suited to studying many other phenomena at the intersection of learning theory and optimization. We obtain a valuebased variant of the representer theorem, which underscores the transductive nature of regularization in reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces. We unify and extend previous results on learning kernel functions, with very simple proofs. We analyze the use of unregularized bias terms in optimization problems, and lowrank approximations to kernel matrices, obtaining new results in these areas. In summary, the combination of value regularization and Fenchel duality are valuable tools for studying the optimization problems in machine learning.
Performance Prediction for Exponential Language Models
"... We investigate the task of performance prediction for language models belonging to the exponential family. First, we attempt to empirically discover a formula for predicting test set crossentropy for ngram language models. We build models over varying domains, data set sizes, and ngram orders, an ..."
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We investigate the task of performance prediction for language models belonging to the exponential family. First, we attempt to empirically discover a formula for predicting test set crossentropy for ngram language models. We build models over varying domains, data set sizes, and ngram orders, and perform linear regression to see whether we can model test set performance as a simple function of training set performance and various model statistics. Remarkably, we find a simple relationship that predicts test set performance with a correlation of 0.9997. We analyze why this relationship holds and show that it holds for other exponential language models as well, including classbased models and minimum discrimination information models. Finally, we discuss how this relationship can be applied to improve language model performance. 1
Relative Entropy Inverse Reinforcement Learning
"... We consider the problem of imitation learning where the examples, demonstrated by an expert, cover only a small part of a large state space. Inverse Reinforcement Learning (IRL) provides an efficient tool for generalizing the demonstration, based on the assumption that the expert is optimally acting ..."
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We consider the problem of imitation learning where the examples, demonstrated by an expert, cover only a small part of a large state space. Inverse Reinforcement Learning (IRL) provides an efficient tool for generalizing the demonstration, based on the assumption that the expert is optimally acting in a Markov Decision Process (MDP). Most of the past work on IRL requires that a (near)optimal policy can be computed for different reward functions. However, this requirement can hardly be satisfied in systems with a large, or continuous, state space. In this paper, we propose a modelfree IRL algorithm, where the relative entropy between the empirical distribution of the stateaction trajectories under a baseline policy and their distribution under the learned policy is minimized by stochastic gradient descent. We compare this new approach to wellknown IRL algorithms using learned MDP models. Empirical results on simulated car racing, gridworld and ballinacup problems show that our approach is able to learn good policies from a small number of demonstrations. 1
Learning Markov structure by maximum entropy relaxation
 in: 11th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS’07
, 2007
"... We propose a new approach for learning a sparse graphical model approximation to a specified multivariate probability distribution (such as the empirical distribution of sample data). The selection of sparse graph structure arises naturally in our approach through solution of a convex optimization p ..."
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We propose a new approach for learning a sparse graphical model approximation to a specified multivariate probability distribution (such as the empirical distribution of sample data). The selection of sparse graph structure arises naturally in our approach through solution of a convex optimization problem, which differentiates our method from standard combinatorial approaches. We seek the maximum entropy relaxation (MER) within an exponential family, which maximizes entropy subject to constraints that marginal distributions on small subsets of variables are close to the prescribed marginals in relative entropy. To solve MER, we present a modified primaldual interior point method that exploits sparsity of the Fisher information matrix in models defined on chordal graphs. This leads to a tractable, scalable approach provided the level of relaxation in MER is sufficient to obtain a thin graph. The merits of our approach are investigated by recovering the structure of some simple graphical models from sample data. 1
Multitask Learning without Label Correspondences
"... We propose an algorithm to perform multitask learning where each task has potentially distinct label sets and label correspondences are not readily available. This is in contrast with existing methods which either assume that the label sets shared by different tasks are the same or that there exists ..."
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We propose an algorithm to perform multitask learning where each task has potentially distinct label sets and label correspondences are not readily available. This is in contrast with existing methods which either assume that the label sets shared by different tasks are the same or that there exists a label mapping oracle. Our method directly maximizes the mutual information among the labels, and we show that the resulting objective function can be efficiently optimized using existing algorithms. Our proposed approach has a direct application for data integration with different label spaces, such as integrating Yahoo! and DMOZ web directories. 1
Hierarchical Maximum Entropy Density Estimation
"... We study the problem of simultaneously estimating several densities where the datasets are organized into overlapping groups, such as a hierarchy. For this problem, we propose a maximum entropy formulation, which systematically incorporates the groups and allows us to share the strength of predictio ..."
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We study the problem of simultaneously estimating several densities where the datasets are organized into overlapping groups, such as a hierarchy. For this problem, we propose a maximum entropy formulation, which systematically incorporates the groups and allows us to share the strength of prediction across similar datasets. We derive general performance guarantees, and show how some previous approaches, such as hierarchical shrinkage and hierarchical priors, can be derived as special cases. We demonstrate the proposed technique on synthetic data and in a realworld application to modeling the geographic distributions of species hierarchically grouped in a taxonomy. Specifically, we model the geographic distributions of species in the Australian wet tropics and Northeast New South Wales. In these regions, small numbers of samples per species significantly hinder effective prediction. Substantial benefits are obtained by combining information across taxonomic groups. 1.
Approximate convex optimization by online game playing
, 2006
"... This paper describes a general framework for converting online game playing algorithms into constrained convex optimization algorithms. This framework allows us to convert the wellestablished bounds on regret of online algorithms to prove convergence in the offline setting. The resulting algorithms ..."
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This paper describes a general framework for converting online game playing algorithms into constrained convex optimization algorithms. This framework allows us to convert the wellestablished bounds on regret of online algorithms to prove convergence in the offline setting. The resulting algorithms are very simple to implement and analyze, and for some scenarios attain a better rate of convergence than previously known. 1