Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 20 (NIPS 2007)
Qiuhua Liu, Xuejun Liao, Lawrence Carin
A semi-supervised multitask learning (MTL) framework is presented, in which M parameterized semi-supervised classiﬁers, each associated with one of M par- tially labeled data manifolds, are learned jointly under the constraint of a soft- sharing prior imposed over the parameters of the classiﬁers. The unlabeled data are utilized by basing classiﬁer learning on neighborhoods, induced by a Markov random walk over a graph representation of each manifold. Experimental results on real data sets demonstrate that semi-supervised MTL yields signiﬁcant im- provements in generalization performance over either semi-supervised single-task learning (STL) or supervised MTL.