A kernel method for multi-labelled classification

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 14 (NIPS 2001)

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André Elisseeff, Jason Weston


This article presents a Support Vector Machine (SVM) like learning sys- tem to handle multi-label problems. Such problems are usually decom- posed into many two-class problems but the expressive power of such a system can be weak [5, 7]. We explore a new direct approach. It is based on a large margin ranking system that shares a lot of common proper- ties with SVMs. We tested it on a Yeast gene functional classification problem with positive results.