Active learning and transfer learning are two different methodologies that address the common problem of insufficient labels. Transfer learning addresses this problem by using the knowledge gained from a related and already labeled data source, whereas active learning focuses on selecting a small set of informative samples for manual annotation. Recently, there has been much interest in developing frameworks that combine both transfer and active learning methodologies. A few such frameworks reported in literature perform transfer and active learning in two separate stages. In this work, we present an integrated framework that performs transfer and active learning simultaneously by solving a single convex optimization problem. The proposed framework computes the weights of source domain data and selects the samples from the target domain data simultaneously, by minimizing a common objective of reducing distribution difference between the data set consisting of re-weighted source and the queried target domain data and the set of unlabeled target domain data. Comprehensive experiments on real data demonstrate the superior performance of the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication30th International Conference on Machine Learning, ICML 2013
PublisherInternational Machine Learning Society (IMLS)
Number of pages9
EditionPART 2
StatePublished - 2013
Event30th International Conference on Machine Learning, ICML 2013 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2013Jun 21 2013


Other30th International Conference on Machine Learning, ICML 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Sociology and Political Science


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