Heterogeneous representation learning with separable structured sparsity regularization

Pei Yang, Qi Tan, Yada Zhu, Jingrui He

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Motivated by real applications, heterogeneous learning has emerged as an important research area, which aims to model the coexistence of multiple types of heterogeneity. In this paper, we propose a heterogeneous representation learning model with structured sparsity regularization (HERES) to learn from multiple types of heterogeneity. It aims to leverage the rich correlations (e.g., task relatedness, view consistency, and label correlation) and the prior knowledge (e.g., the soft-clustering of tasks) of heterogeneous data to improve learning performance. To this end, HERES integrates multi-task, multi-view, and multi-label learning into a principled framework based on representation learning to model the complex correlations and employs the structured sparsity to encode the prior knowledge of data. The objective is to simultaneously minimize the reconstruction loss of using the factor matrices to recover the heterogeneous data, and the structured sparsity imposed on the model. The resulting optimization problem is challenging due to the non-smoothness and non-separability of structured sparsity. We reformulate the problem by using the auxiliary function and prove that the reformulation is separable, which leads to an efficient algorithm family for solving structured sparsity penalized problems. Furthermore, we propose various HERES models based on different loss functions and subsume them into the weighted HERES, which is able to handle missing data. The experimental results in comparison with state-of-the-art methods demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-694
Number of pages24
JournalKnowledge and Information Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018


  • Heterogeneous learning
  • Multi-label learning
  • Multi-task learning
  • Multi-view learning
  • Structured sparsity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Artificial Intelligence


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