Jointly modeling label and feature heterogeneity in medical informatics

Pei Yang, Hongxia Yang, Haoda Fu, Dawei Zhou, Jieping Ye, Theodoros Lappas, Jingrui He

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Multiple types of heterogeneity including label heterogeneity and feature heterogeneity often co-exist in many real-world data mining applications, such as diabetes treatment classification, gene functionality prediction, and brain image analysis. To effectively leverage such heterogeneity, in this article, we propose a novel graph-based model for Learning with both Label and Feature heterogeneity, namely L2F. It models the label correlation by requiring that any two label-specific classifiers behave similarly on the same views if the associated labels are similar, and imposes the view consistency by requiring that view-based classifiers generate similar predictions on the same examples. The objective function for L2F is jointly convex. To solve the optimization problem, we propose an iterative algorithm, which is guaranteed to converge to the global optimum. One appealing feature of L2F is that it is capable of handling data with missing views and labels. Furthermore, we analyze its generalization performance based on Rademacher complexity, which sheds light on the benefits of jointly modeling the label and feature heterogeneity. Experimental results on various biomedical datasets show the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number39
JournalACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2016


  • Heterogeneous learning
  • Medical informatics
  • Multi-label learning
  • Multi-view learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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